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UPCL fixes responsibilities of senior officers in power theft cases

After the diktat given by the power secretary Radhika Jha on fixing the responsibilities of the senior officers in the cases of power theft and other operations, the Uttarakhand Power Corporation Limited (UPCL) has set up minimum monthly targets for checking consumer connections.

In a letter, the Managing Director ( MD) of UPCL, B C K Mishra has said that the Chief Engineer should check at least 20 consumer connections in a month and out of them at least 40 percent consumers should have a connected load of more than 2000 KVA. Similarly, the officer of rank of Superintending Engineer (SE) is also required to check 20 connections of consumers in a month. The MD has set up monthly target of checking 30 consumers to the officers of rank of Executive Engineers and Sub Divisional Officers.

The UPCL management has also directed the Director (operations) to monitor vigilance raids on daily basis. He too has been asked to check a minimum of 400 cases from among all categories of consumer in a month.

The UPCL management was jolted into action after infamous Yashoda Rice Mill power theft case of Gardarpur recently. A vigilance team of the UPCL had raided the premises of Yashoda Rice Mill on April 20 and found a major power theft of 96 KW. The team found that the Mill owner had directly connected a 11 KV line with his private transformer. By using this connection, the mill owner was engaged in a major power theft from last several months.

Taking a stern note of the power thefts, the Power secretary had asked the UPCL management to fix the responsibilities of officers in these cases. On her orders, the UPCL, MD had suspended Superintending Engineer (SE) Rudrapur, Executive Engineer (ExEn) Rudrapur and Sub Divisional Officer ( SDO) Gardarpur.

Thursday, 02 May 2019 | PNS | Dehradun

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