Interview with Kulman Ghising

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Posted by Anup Baral | April 21st, 2017 :Since his appointment as the managing director of Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) back in September, 2016, the new management under Kulman Ghising has done a wonderful job of vastly reducing load-shedding hours. On assuming office Ghising had unveiled a plan to reduce electricity loss from the current 26 percent of total supply to as low as 12 percent. If this could be achieved, he said, 714 million units of energy worth around Rs 7 billion a year could be added to the national grid. The latest evidence that he is serious in the arrest on Sunday of 12 NEA employees on charges of tampering with electricity meters. They were found involved in tampering of the meters of some factories and big businesses so as to reduce their electricity bills. But these 12 employees represent only the tip of the iceberg; otherwise, it is hard to account for 26 percent loss of on-grid electricity. So we expect many more such arrests in the days ahead. These state employees who have been responsible for keeping millions of Nepalis in the dark don’t deserve any sympathy.
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