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Enforcement squad lacks teeth

CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav may have expressed concern over rampant power theft in the State, but the UPPCL has reduced its enforcement wing, responsible for detecting pilferage, to a defunct state. Of the UPPCL?s total 33 enforcement squads, 22 have no assistant engineer.

india Updated: May 13, 2006 00:50 IST

CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav may have expressed  concern over  rampant power theft in the State,  but the UPPCL has reduced its enforcement wing,  responsible for detecting pilferage,  to a defunct state. Of the UPPCL’s total 33 enforcement squads, 22 have no assistant engineer.

Neither does any of the squads have instruments like tong tester and aqua check required to examine the energy meters suspected to have been tampered with.  The remaining 11 squads which have assistant engineers are also little better because the assistant engineers posted there not only lack energy (as most of them are close to retirement), they also do not know how to use the meter-checking instruments.

The office of the UPPCL IG (Vigilance) has been repeatedly asking the UPPCL management to provide an AE as well as meter checking instruments to each enforcement squad but in vain. Each enforcement squad comprises a police inspector and a few constables. But as per the rules prescribed under the Electricity Act, every squad has to be led by an assistant engineers  and the squad cannot conduct a raid in the absence of the assistant engineer.“Any raid conducted by an enforcement squad sans the AE will be deemed to be illegal,” said a senior officer. Now imagine a situation where 22 squads are without an AE.

Significantly, the UPPCL’s vigilance/enforcement wing has written over two dozen letters to the management, for the posting of assistant engineers for effective checking.