CHANDIGARH, May 13- Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal today directed the officers of the Power Department to file a petition before the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) for reducing the applicable Fuel Surcharge Adjustment (FSA) with effect from current year.
The Chief Minister, who was presiding over a meeting to review functioning of Power Department here said that it would result into reduction in the power bills of all categories of consumers in the State. It is likely to provide a big relief to the consumers of Haryana who will be enjoying reduction in the power bills after a long period of time.
The Chief Minister said that his Government is determined to supply power at low cost to all consumers and with best possible efficiency. He hoped that there would be further reduction in the power bills of the consumers in the following years. He also hoped that the consumers would respond heartily and pay their power dues in time. He also urged the consumers to not indulge in unscrupulous activities like theft of power. It is with the cooperation of the consumers that the dream of 24x7 power for all at affordable cost would be achieved, he added.
During the review meeting it was observed that the cost of purchase of power has been kept under check due to forward looking policies of this Government like rationalization of Coal Linkage Policy, third party inspection of Coal and improvement in the quality of coal.
Mr Manohar Lal also directed the Power Utilities to introduce a system to issue monthly power bills for the convenience of the consumers and added that the system be implemented in the entire state in a phased manner. It was informed in the meeting that the system to issue electricity bills every month had been introduced in Kalka and Barwala in district Panchkula by Uttar Haryana Bilji Vitran Nigam (UHBVN). As it has proved successful, now this system would be replicated in the entire state in a phased manner.
He also stressed the need to bring down the Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT and C) losses on all industrial feeders to less than three per cent, on all independent feeders to zero per cent and on all urban feeders to less than 15 per cent. He said that AT and C losses on 263 rural domestic feeders should be brought down to less than 20 per cent under ‘Mhara Gaon Jagmag Gaon’ scheme. These targets should be achieved by June 30, 2016 and the officers should work in a mission mode. He said that the people were enthusiastic about this scheme and even the Khap Panchayats had offered their support to make it a big success.
The Chief Minister appreciated the steps taken to computerize the department. It was also informed that under the Rapid Power Reforms Scheme, the entire data of 36 towns of the State has been made online. The remaining towns of the State would be covered within next two-three years.
It was informed in the meeting that MIS system of Power Utilities has been introduced to feed feeder-wise information of power input online. Information would be collected category wise that is agriculture, independent, mixed urban and rural domestic at Sub Division level and at the level of Executive Engineer. It was also informed that the data so received was cross checked with the data of HVPN by the Audit Wing of the Power Department so as to avoid any discrepancy. Earlier, the input was collected telephonically and complied manually, which not only caused inconvenience but sometimes resulted in error.
While appreciating the good work done by the Power Department, he expected that greater efficiency would be brought in the coming months. He also issued a series of directions to the officials of the department for being more responsive to the grievances of the public and improving the operation and management of the system. He also highlighted the resolve of the Government for bringing about complete transparency in the functioning of the Government and for giving a corruption free administrative system.
Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Dr Rakesh Gupta, Additional Chief Secretary, Power Mr Rajan Gupta, Managing Director, Uttar Haryana Bilji Vitran Nigam Mr Nitin Yadav and other senior officers were also present in the meeting.