Madhya Pradesh finance minister Jayant Malaiya assured the House on the third day of the winter session to get the allegations of high-handedness against Essel energy distribution company probed.
Malaiya was representing energy minister Rajendra Shukla in his absence. The matter was raised by the BJP MLAs from Sagar Shailendra Jain and Pradip Laria during the call attention motion.
Jain brought to the notice of the house that officials of Essel energy distribution company, which has been supplying power in Sagar since May 10, 2012, often barged into the consumers’ houses, misbehaved with the woman folks, installed faulty meters, falsified bills and often attempted to frame consumers in fake power thefts to realize money from them.
He sought the minister to withdraw the permission to distribute power from the company as the firm was even unable to address the matter of voltage fluctuation.
However, finance minister Jayant Malaiya first denied all the allegations and said that the company had the right to enter a premises where it suspected power theft was in progress.
He said the company officials went by the rules and video-graphed all such incidents as an evidence for the court.
Jain, however, insisted that the electricity bills prior to 2012 be compared with those produced now by the firm and anybody could make out that there had been an increase in the bill amount from 100% to 1000%.
He said that nearly 66,000 consumers of the company in Sagar had repeatedly been complaining against the company representatives and hence the issue should be taken up on a priority.
In response to this, Malaiya assured the house to send a high-level team from Bhopal to get the allegations probed. He said Shailendra Jain would also be part of the team.