Haryana power dept detects 7,245 cases of power theft, imposes penalty
The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has detected 7,245 cases of power theft during the current financial year and imposed penalty amounting to Rs 18.48 crore on the erring consumers.
A DHBVN spokesperson said here on Thursday that the operations wing and the enforcement wing officials carried 39,761 raids in which 7,245 consumers were found guilty. Complaints against those 4,451 erring consumers were sent to the police who did not pay the amount of penalty within the stipulated time.
The largest number of 1870 theft cases had been detected in the Hisar operation circle followed by Gurgaon 1706, Bhiwani 1484, Faridabad 1402, Sirsa 312, Rewari 250 and operation circle Narnaul 221, he added.
He said that for curbing the problem the DHBVN and the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran
Nigam (UHBVN) have planned to revive the 'Theft Informer Scheme'. Through this scheme the persons giving information would be given 20% of the penalty amount, excluding compounding amount assessed.
The spokesperson also said that 10% of the amount would be distributed among the officials involved in detecting theft as incentive.
This incentive included 6% to the members of the raiding party (to be distributed equally), 2% equally to the sub divisional officer, commercial assistant and lower divisional clerk, 1% equally to the executive engineer, head clerk and divisional accountant 1/2% to the superintending engineer concerned and ½% to the chief engineer concerned.
Thus, 30 per cent of the realised amount of the assessed loss of revenue would be given those who inform about the thefts, he added.
He said that an informer can report on the telephone numbers 01662-221527 or toll free number 18001801011 during working hours. The informer at the time of giving information would also give his secret code word to claim the award.
In case of email, the code word sent along with email should be recorded in the register.
The amount of award should be given in cash by the chief engineer operation concerned on production of unique complaint number and secret code word. The decision of the
Nigam with regard to quantum of reward and person to whom payable would be final,he added.
He said the scheme would be applicable for raids conducted on a consumer or user of any category having more than five kilowatt load.