Haryana Bijli Nigam's theft informer scheme a success

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Chandigarh, Nov 27 (UNI) The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has decentralised the system of giving award under the Theft Informer Incentive Scheme, which has become 'popular'.

Now chief General Managers (Operations) at Delhi and Hisar would monitor the scheme and give awards in their respective zones.

Operation Zone Delhi includes districts Faridabad, Gurgaon, Mewat, Rewari and Mahendragrh, while Hisar Zone has districts Bhiwani, Hisar, Fatehabad and Sirsa.

While stating this today, a spokesman of the DHVBN said that the information of power theft could be given by any person at central Control Room at Vidyut Sadan, Hisar on toll free telephone numbers or on email.

He said that the informer need not disclose his identity while giving information or taking the amount of incentive. He wpuld be required to note down a code number which would be provided by the DHBVN.

On providing correct codes, the informer would be given 40 per cent of the amount of penalty recovered on detection of the theft of power. Twenty per cent of amount of recovered penalty would be distributed among the members of reading teams and the officer who recovers the amount of penalty.

The number of informations received under the theft informer scheme had increased to 10,137 following which 1779 thefts, involving a penalty of Rs 3.99 crore, had already been detected by the DHBVN officials.

The spokesman said that the DHBVN officials detected over 12,276 cases of theft during the current financial year, up to the month of October, and imposed penalty amounting to about Rs 27 crore on the erring consumers. Over 2627 of the theft cases were detected during the month of October.

He said that the officials of DHBVN, including Operation and Vigilance Wings, checked and raided 69,000 meters in total to detect the thefts. About 50 per cent of amount of penalty had already been paid by the consumers while, in about 4100 cases, the DHBVN officials had reported the matter to the Police for lodging FIR.

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