Did not Trick Delhi Govt: Shakuntala Gamlin Responds To AAP Charge

Shakuntala Gamlin writes to Jung refuting allegations of her favouring power companies and tricking the government.

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Delhi Chief Secretary, KK Sharma (L) Shakuntala Gamlin (C) Principle secretary (Power) during the Delhi Government’s Open Cabinet meet in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)

Refuting allegations of her favouring power companies and tricking the government, Principal Secretary Shakuntala Gamlin has written to Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung clarifying her stand over the charges levelled against her by the AAP government.

The need regarding the issuance of a comfort letter for the purpose of facilitating a loan from the power finance corporation led consortium of institutions and banks to BRPS and BYPL, the two out of three discoms operating in Delhi, had arisen on account of Supreme Court order of February 19 this year, wherein an obligation had been placed on these discoms to repay their current dues to GNCTD and central power utilities.
Non-payment of these dues... would have led to regulation by them, resulting in major loadshedding in the national capital.
- Skahuntala Gamlin in her letter to the LG.

Countering the charge that she tricked the government into signing documents which would give Rs 11,000 crore to power firms, Gamlin said, “The comfort letter that has been requested for is definitely not in the nature of some kind of guarantee which would have made GNCTD liable to repay the loan if the companies defaulted at any time in the future.”

Explaining her position further, Gamlin added,

Rather than lobbying for the companies, she had ensured that while AAP government was planning to provide power subsidy and had to make payment to the discoms, both BYPL and BRPL’s subsidy amount was adjusted and was not paid to them. She on her own accord inserted a provision whereby BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd and BSES Yamuna Power Ltd, the two discoms in question, would be required to adjust the subsidy amount due to them from GNCTD against dues owed by them to state power PSUs, and in turn GNCTD would pay these dues back to the state power PSUs.

- Skahuntala Gamlin in her letter to the LG.

Gamlin’s appointment as acting Chief Secretary had sparked a turf war between the Lt Governor and the Chief Minister’s office.

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