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‘Escoms paid more money to private firms'

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H. D. Revanna
H. D. Revanna

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Bangalore: Leader of the Janata Dal (Secular) in the Legislative Assembly H.D. Revanna on Wednesday charged the State Government with purchasing 40.129 million units of power from private companies through its Escoms paying Rs. 11,261 crore during 2008-09 while it paid only Rs. 9,026 crore for 40.195 mu the previous year, thus incurring a loss of Rs. 2,235 crore to the exchequer.

Speaking to presspersons, he alleged that important functionaries in the Government had connived with private companies in defrauding the tax payers and demanded that his allegation be entrusted to the Central Bureau of Investigation. This would reveal the extent of money “made” by various Ministers, he added.

On the coal purchase issue, Mr. Revanna said that the Karnataka High Court in its order dated July 3, 2009 had indicted the Chief Minister for writing to the Managing Director of the Karnataka Power Corporation and Principal Secretary to the Government, Department of Energy, to purchase coal and had even fined the officers.

Mr. Revanna said that all the five Escoms incurred a loss of Rs. 3,491 crore during 2008-09 as against their revenue of Rs. 10,108 crore. The Government owed Rs. 293.13 crore to companies such as Jindal, GMR, Lanco and others.

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