The KSEB has promised rewards for supplying information on power theft and misuse. The reward is Rs 50,000 or five per cent of the fine amount which is lesser, KSEB chief vigilance officer Rishi Raj Singh said.
There is a rider, though. The reward will be paid only if the power company is successful in collecting the fine amount in full. The identity of the informant will be kept secret and consumers indulging in power theft will get a one-time reprieve if they voluntarily make a disclosure to KSEB. The Anti Power Theft Squads of KSEB - 13 in all - have come across several instances of power theft and misuse in the past few weeks. A total fine of about '27 lakh has been imposed on the culprits.
The KSEB has warned consumers against indulging in theft or misuse as both activities can invite heavy penal action. Power theft can invite action under Section 135 of the Electricity Act including disconnection, fine, and case can be charged under non-bailable sections attracting up to three years of imprisonment.
Illegally drawing electricity from power lines, tampering with the electricity meter or other equipment comes under the definition of power theft. Other illegal activities such as using low-tariff power for higher-tariff purposes falls under the definition of misuse. Such activity can invite action under Section 126 of the Electricity Act. The KSEB has urged consumers whose electricity usage is higher than the sanctioned load to regularise the load at the earliest.