ENERGY MINISTER Shivpal Yadav today expressed concern over widespread power theft in the State and asked the officials to launch an intensive drive to check the same.
He was holding a meeting with the UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) officials here at Shakti Bhawan.
Minister directed the officers to launch an intensive combing drive against power theft and prepare a list of districts where power theft was most rampant and seek local police and district administration’s cooperation in cracking down on the pilferers.
He said that power theft in the industrial sector was taking place in connivance with the department’s engineers and line-men and asked the officials to take tough action against all such staffs.
He said a list of big defaulters be also prepared and action be initiated against them accordingly. He directed the officials to provide at least 16-20 hours of power supply to the urban and rural areas. He asked them to take all the steps to plug in power theft.
Yadav said the possibilities of increasing the in-house power generation be explored to reduce dependence on the Centre for electricity.
Among those present during the meeting were Principal Secretary (Energy) UPPCL Chairman, AK Khurana, MD, Avnish Kumar Awasthi, and Director (Finance), SK Agrawal.