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Mass transfers hit LESA revenue

india Updated: Jul 08, 2006 01:26 IST
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CALL IT the effect of mass transfers, which were carried out in LESA last year or attribute it to the new team’s failure to effect jugglery in the figures, the through rate (per unit realization) in LESA went down during 2005-06 compared to the previous year.

LESA got over Rs 2 crore less revenue in 2005-06 despite selling more electricity during the year than it did in 2004-05. It sold around 115 crore units during the period, much more than the preceding year. Now, the UP Vidyut Karmchari Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti,  an umbrella body of various power unions, claims that it could increase the through rate if LESA was allowed to run by it as offered by UPPCL Chairman AK Khurana.

The commercial statistics reveal that from 188.61 paise per unit in 2004-05, the trough rate in LESA plummeted to 186.83 paise per unit in 2005-06. It means the per unit recovery of electricity cost supplied to the consumers came down by 1.78 paise per unit. Ironically, the per unit realization also decreased in the Hussainganj division was rewarded for the best performance only during the preceding year.  

In Indiranagar division, the through rate declined by 10 paise per unit and around as much in Aishbagh. The biggest fall was, however, in Kanpur division where the per unit realization declined by 26 paise. The decline in the CESS division was 17 paise per unit. Significantly, the through rate declined in all the three circles comprising 11 divisions.

It is said to be for the first time during last six years when the through rate recorded a marginal fall. Some attribute the fall to the mass transfers (Tsunami in LESA, as some describe it) and posting of officers from the far-flung areas.

These officers were not used to working in a city like Lucknow and failed to perform, they said. On the other hand, there are others who claim that the decline in the through rate may not be actually the decline, but it may be due their lack of experience to do the jugglery in figures.

Sangharsh Samiti leader Shailendra Dubey claimed that the through rate in LESA could be increased by 10 per cent if LESA was handed over to the trade unions.