Goa to recover power dues from industrial units

February 22nd, 2011 - 3:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Panaji, Feb 22 (IANS) The Goa government’s power department has gone into overdrive to recover Rs.16 crore in dues from nearly 92 industrial units in the state, Power Minister Aleixo Sequeira said Tuesday. Some of the top companies which owe dues to the state government are Madras Rubber Factory (MRF), Nestle India and Vedanta Resources-owned mining company Sesa Goa.

Sequeria told reporters here that the state government had undertaken a massive drive to recover the money as stipulated by the Supreme Court in a recent order.

“We will recover all the dues from the industries,” Sequeira said.

“The process of issuing notices to these industries which owe dues to the department has already begun from this week,” he said.

“These industries were granted power rebates to the tune of 25 percent since 1996. But the concession granted to them was withdrawn vide a Supreme Court order,” he added.

After controversially issuing the power rebate in the 1990s, then power minister Mauvin Godinho was later booked and charge sheeted for issuing the sops in contravention of government business rules, allegedly in return for kickbacks.

Former chief minister Manohar Parrikar had later petitioned the Panaji bench of the Bombay High Court against the rebate, which upheld Parrikar’s contention.

In May this year, the Supreme Court too ruled against the rebate.

In all, 92 companies, including MRF, Nestle, Sesa Goa and others, were granted subsidy in 1996.

MRF received a rebate of Rs.4.6 million, while the rebate to Nestle India was Rs.1.6 million.

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