Power Dept cuts supply to Health Dept

Gangtok, 11 Jan:

Power supply to State Health Care, Human Services & Family Welfare department has been disconnected by the Power & Energy Department since the last five days.

It is learnt that outstanding bills of last 15-17 years amounting to more than Rs 8 crore led to the Power Department disconnecting power supply to the head office at Tashiling as well as the annexure building of the Health Department at Tadong. However, power supply to STNM Hospital has not been cut.

Despite shooting off 11 letters to the Health department last year seeking payment of all outstanding bills, the Power department received no response forcing it to take action, sources inform.

The state government had also been informed by the Power department regarding its decision to stop power supply to the Health department, it is further informed.

The Power department had also informed the Chief Secretary through whom notice was served to the Health Department.

Meanwhile, the public visiting the Health department for verification and attestation of various documents including birth certificates, health cards and other official purposes, are facing problems.