Since, OPGC project i.e.
the proposed construction of units-3&4 had not commenced and work order was not
placed, there was an ambiguity as to whether the same will fall under the
Similarly there was also a need understand as to whether various jobs undertaken
as part of routine operation and maintenance of the power plant would also be
required to be furnished.
Accordingly, a letter on 18.05.2012
was promptly written by OPGC seeking clarification on the above
matter so that appropriate information could be provided. The above
letter of seeking clarification was in fact written with a sincere
and honest intention of providing correct information sought by the
Department of Energy for onward transmission to the AG Odisha. As a
matter of fact, OPGC has never questioned the integrity and
functioning of the Energy Department as reported in the newspapers
nor has ever disregarded Govt. directions.
In fact, so far as the OPGC project of
setting up of new Units 3&4 (2X660MW) is concerned, OPGC and the
Govt. are working in tandem for its expeditious implementation. The
implementation is being reviewed in a steering committee headed by
the Chief Secretary of the state where project related information
are placed for review.
In respect of the
recent communication from the Department of Energy, it is further
clarified from OPGC side that all information on the project and
other general information are provided to the Govt. whenever
required and OPGC makes sincere efforts to see that the information
provided are correct.
Below is the piece of News that drew
the above response from OPGC authorities.
Odisha: OPGC authorities banged for not sharing
information with the Government
(Published on August 24, 2012)
Dissatisfied over improper and extra-authoritative compliance of queries made by
the government, Department of Energy, Odisha, banged on the Managing Director of
Odisha Power Generation Corporation (OPGC), a public sector undertaking (PSU) of
In a letter signed by B. S. Panda, Additional Secretary of the department,
government has expressed serious concern over the kind of reply made by the MD,
OPGC, in response to the departmental letter that required certain information
about projects lying incomplete as on 31.03.2012. It is mentioned in the letter
that, ‘instead of furnishing information, the integrity and functioning of the
department has been questioned’ by OPGC MD.
note of it as something ‘beyond official decorum’, the department has warned the
authorities by reminding the fact that OPGC still remains a PSU of Odisha
Government that holds 51% of total share of the corporation.
The department, through the letter,
has also alleged OPGC authorities of ‘not showing promptness for
sharing of information with the government’ whereas, the corporation
takes ‘all advantages being a government undertaking as regards to
land acquisition, coal block allocation and obtaining other
on 18 may 2012 that the department asked OPGC MD to furnish with information on
incomplete projects of the corporation as on 31 March 2012 which were required
by Accountant General’s office, Odisha, for incorporation in the audit
report of India on State finances for the year 2011-12. The letter was replied
the same day by OPGC authorities, as the recent departmental letter refers to (OPGC
letter No. 1302 dated 18.05.2012).
question comes here is, why the departmental reply is so late – over three
months – if the content of the referred letter from the OPGC MD was so
objectionable and non-compliant to the queries made by the government?
another letter dated 18 August 2012, the department has also asked OPGC
authorities to take necessary action and furnish an early report to the
department regarding unlawful and irregular payment made by the AES management –
the other partner in OPGC – as alleged before the Chief Minister, Odisha. The
reply is yet to be submitted by OPGC MD.
However, such conservative attitude of OPGC in sharing information has also been
alleged before by many other organizations including OPGC Employees Union. The
Union has complained several times about the highhanded acts of AES
authorities in various management affairs of OPGC.