UP power corporation’s amnesty schemes get poor response
Not even 50% of the targeted defaulters have registered themselves under the ‘Sakriya’ schemes that seeks to waive 100% surcharge on pending bills provided they clear dues at one go or in prescribed installments.lucknow Updated: Jun 08, 2017 16:31 IST
Two amnesty schemes announced by the Yogi Adityanath government for defaulters and power pilferers in Uttar Pradesh to support its proposed 24X7 power for all programme have received a disappointing response in the state, causing much consternation to the authorities.
Not even 50% of the targeted defaulters have registered themselves under the ‘Sakriya’ schemes that seek to waive 100% surcharge on pending bills provided they clear dues at one go or in prescribed installments.
The ‘Sarvada’ scheme, providing amnesty to pilferers if they make voluntary disclosure of the irregularities by them, has totally flopped as not even 6% of the targeted consumers identified under the loss-ridden areas responded to the scheme.
Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) managing director Vishal Chauhan has admitted the failure of the schemes in a letter that he dashed off to managing directors of discoms, asking them to make last ditch efforts before the schemes end in a week or two.
In his letter (dated June 5) to the MDs and others officials, Chauhan has revealed that against the total target of registering 20 lakh consumers (defaulters) in the state, only 8.71 lakh were registered so far even as the time for registration of industrial and urban consumers had already expired and for rural consumers also it would end on June 15.
The results under this scheme have been found especially poor in the Gorakhpur and Azamgarh zones under Varanasi discom, in Lucknow, Faizabad and Gonda zones under Lucknow discom in Kanpur, Jhansi, and Banda zones under Agra discom and in Saharanpur and Banda under Meerut discom.
‘Sakriya’ is a modified name for the one-time settlement schemes that the UPPCL has been announcing for rural consumers almost every year. The UP Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) had last ordered against the OTS practice, saying it discouraged honest consumers while giving little benefit to the discoms. But the new government announced the OTS even on a larger scale albeit under a different name, ignoring the regulator’s objections.
Under ‘Sarvada’, as per the MD’s letter, discoms had set a target of registering 50 lakh consumers under the identified high transmission and distribution feeders/areas for the purpose of their making voluntary disclosure on pilfering power through katiya, tampering of meters, using more load than the sanctioned one or committing any other irregularities and regularise the same without any penal action if disclosed during the scheme period.
“But only 2.70 lakh of the 50 lakh such targeted consumers have come forward even as the last date for such consumers to avail themselves of Sarvada’ will end on June 15,” Chauhan has said in his two-page letter.
The results under ‘Sarvada’ have been found poor especially in Gorakhpur, Basti and Azamgarh zones under Varanasi discom, in Faizabad, Devipatan and LESA zones under Lucknow discom, in Agra, Jhansi and Banda zones under Agra discom and in Meerut, Saharanpur and Moradabad under Meerut discom.
The MD has asked discom officials to ensure holding of mega camps in villages and cities immediately to register as many consumers as possible under the two schemes during the period left. The two schemes were aimed at decreasing the discoms’ line losses(theft) and increasing revenue.