Haryana power distribution companies on Friday asked its officials to gear up recovery efforts against 7,000 top defaulters who owe Rs 322 crore to the state's power utilities.
At a meeting held here, Devender Singh, chairman and managing director of DHBVN and UHBVN asked officials to focus on consumers who were bigger defaulters and recover arrears. Big defaulters are those who owe more than Rs 50,000 to the power discoms.
Incidentally, the two state power utilities - Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) and Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) - have nearly 10 lakh defaulters who have not paid to the tune of Rs 2,800 crore for the past several years.
However, the state power distribution companies have launched a settlement scheme for rural customers where a consumer having a load of 1 kilowatt will have to pay only Rs 1,440 per year, depending upon the period of default, a spokesperson said.
A defaulter consumer of the rural domestic supply category can pay for only 40 units per month per kilowatt load for the entire period of default without any surcharge, the spokesperson said, adding that customers would have to install power meters outside their houses.
If defaulters go for this scheme, then almost Rs 2,000 crore out of the total default of Rs 2,800 crore would stand waived off, the spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, Singh appreciated efforts of the power utilities, with the DHBVN earning an all-time high of Rs 820.47-crore revenue in July, which is 52% higher than the revenue received during the corresponding month last year.
The newly introduced performance management system would be implemented strictly and administrative action would be taken against non-performing officials, Singh added.