The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) is yet to recover outstanding amount of Rs 18.36 crore on account of electricity bills from various government offices in the Hoshiarpur circle.
Major defaulters are the public health, police and health departments. The public health department tops the list with a pending electricity bill of Rs 16.4 crore as on November 30.
The health department has to pay a little over Rs 1 crore and the police have an outstanding bill of `48 lakh. The irrigation department and Punjab State Tubewell Corporation are the other significant defaulters. A few lakhs are also due from PWD, panchayati raj and SDM offices.
The outstanding dues of the abovementioned major defaulters keep adding up, whereas other departments do pay at times. When asked, officials said it was not in their hands as funds were not being released by the government.
Deputy chief engineer Jagmohan Singh said the electricity connections of the health and public health departments could not be severed as they provided essential services. However, he could not explain as to why no action had been taken against the police department. "We regularly issue notices to the departments and put pressure on them as a result of which many departments have cleared their dues," he said.