This was stated at a high level meeting held here today to review revenue realization on account of power supply in
The Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs, Abdul Rahim Rather presided.
The Government has set an ambitious target of about Rs. 800 crore to be collected on account of energy suppy to the consumers in
The meeting was attended by the Economic Advisor to Government, Jalil Ahmed Khan, Commissioner Secretary Finance, Sudhanshu Panday, Commissioner Secretary Power, Basharat Ahmed Dhar, Secretary Technical Power, Asgar Ali Majaz, Director General Budgets, Magotra, Development Commissioner Power, Manzoor Ahmed Salroo, Chief Engineer, EM&RE, Kashmir, Muzaffar Matoo, Chief Engineer , EM&RE, Jammu, s. Shehnaz Goni, Superintendent Engineers and Executive Engineers of various power divisions of Kashmir.
It was informed that 1433 consumers were added during first two quarters of the current fiscal raising the total number of consumers from 687651 in March 2011 to 701981 by the end of September 2011. This has resulted in additional load of 17.67 MWs of power raising the load from 668.54 MWs in March 2011 to 686.21 MWs till September 2011. The Power Development Department has almost completed computerization for issuing computerized bills to the consumers. The required hardware has been procured for 68 power sub-divisions, of which, 66 sub-divisions have been commissioned.
It was informed that the department has conducted 14996 inspections during first two quarters of the current fiscal to check misuse of power. A fine to the tune of about Rs. 60 lakh has been imposed on defaulters.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister underscored the need to improve the power tariff collections efficiency to increase the level of revenue collection. He also called for month wise monitoring of revenue realization adding that the engineers of the PDD have to play a role of energy managers to strike a balance between energy supply and revenue realization. He said revenue realization should be proportionate to energy supply adding that it was imperative for economic stability of the state. He also directed for achieving 100% metering target as early as possible.