RTI reveals Gujarat is still to pay power dues worth crores to Madhya Pradesh
The reply to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that power dues worth Rs. 31 crores is pending with Gujarat government towards Madhya Pradesh. The reply states that Madhya Pradesh State Electricity Board (MPSEB) had transferred its assets and liabilities when the Madhya Pradesh Power Trading Company was formed in 2006-07 and the assets, including pending amount with PSUs across the country was around Rs. 68.44 crore. Out of this, Rs. 12.50 crore is pending with the Gujarat State Electricity Board, while KIPP, Surat has an amount of Rs. 18.70 crore pending with it.
The RTI reply also shows that many irregularities have caused heavy losses to the power discom companies passing on the burden to the common man ultimately. The Auditor General’s findings also show that because of power thefts and poor billing, power discom companies have suffered a loss of around Rs. 1,500 crore in past few years.
To tackle the menace of power theft, faulty meters were replaced by the new ones but nothing was done to check power drawn directly from the poles despite explicit orders from Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (MPERC).