Waive off scheme has put additional burden on sincere customers: NUMM

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Aug 2018 11:15:18



Staff Reporter

NAGRIK Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch (NUMM) has criticised scheme of waiving off electricity bills of defaulter consumers due to which burden of Rs 433 crore has been imposed on honest and sincere consumers and compensation to be given to electricity companies too has not been paid by the State Government. Energy Department of Madhya Pradesh Government through a letter sent to East, Central and West Region Distribution Companies had instructed to withdraw power pilferage cases through Lok Adalats. According to this, instructions were also given that power distribution companies will waive off entire amount of interest on defaulter consumers, accused of power theft and 50 per cent amount will be sustained by State Government on liabilities, while remaining 50 per cent amount will be borne by power companies.

The State Government has not given that amount to companies so far. Whereas, under Section 65 of Electricity Act, the Government should have submitted compensation in advance in account of companies. Consequently, companies are sustaining burden worth Rs 433 crore which will be realised from honest consumers, in the end. The Government by taking a U turn over promise made earlier, has continued the scheme to make power companies bankrupt. Consequently, honest consumers are suffering.
These views were expressed by a delegation of NUMM while talking to the Superintending Engineer (SE) City Circle I K Tripathi during the meeting. According to NUMM, Rs 23.42 crore of Jabalpur region, Rs 17.85 crore of Sagar, Rs 36.73 crore of Rewa, in this way a total Rs 98 crore have not been given to company by State Government. Likewise, Rs 280 crore of Central region and Rs 75 crore of Western region have not been given back by State Government.

Now, it will be difficult to detect power theft by bypassing meters since liabilities of such defaulter consumers have been waived off as is evident from details of 10 consumers. Despite being accused of power theft liabilities worth lakhs has been waived off. Dr P G Najpandey, Manesh Sharma, Girendra Kapur and Ram Milan Sharma said that when power theft is being encouraged in this way, it will become more difficult to curb power pilferage cases. As State Government is encouraging power theft, electricity companies should not be blamed.