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Staff shortage hits action against power thefts

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Power TheftShortage of manpower is affecting the operations of Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) squads that check power thefts in Malabar. While the total sanctioned number of squads in the region that includes Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur, Wayanad and Kasaragod is 11, only six of them are operational.

Though each squad should ideally be headed by an assistant executive engineer and comprise of a sub-engineer and a lineman, sources in the board say the two squads in Malappuram and Kasaragod have no heads.

Presently an assistant engineer of the squad in Kozhikode has been given the additional charge of anti-theft squad in Malappuram. In Malappuram, Kannur, Wayanad, and Kasaragod only one out of the two squads are functional. In Kozhikode, only two of three squads operate. A KSEB official said that though the squads are well-equipped and enough vehicles, it is short of hands.

Most officials are not interested in being part of the squad as the work involves extensive travelling," the official said.

In 2010-11, the six squads in the region carried out 8,126 inspections based on tip-offs compared to 7,104 in 2009-10.

Squads in the region noticed 1,235 incidences of irregularities, including 82 cases of power theft compared to the 971 cases of irregularities and 95 theft cases in the previous year.

However, the amount collected as arrears by the squad declined from the Rs 4.69 crore in 2009-10 to Rs 4.17 crore in 2010-11. An official said the figure would have been much higher if all the eleven squads were functional.

The official said that majority of the power theft cases falls in the category of magnetic tampering.Kozhikode: The anti-power theft squad of the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) that is entrusted with the task of checking the incidences of power theft has been finding it difficult to do effectively curb power pilferage due to shortage of man power.

Even as the total sanctioned number of anti-power theft squads in the northern region, which includes districts such as Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur, Wayanad and Kasaragod, is eleven, only six are functional, according to sources. Each squad is headed by an assistant executive engineer or assistant engineer and includes a sub-engineer and a lineman. Sources said that there are only sub-engineers and linemen with the squads that are functional in Malappuram and Kasargod, where the sanctioned number of squads is two. An assistant engineer of the squad in Kozhikode has been given the charge of the anti-theft squad in Malappuram. While in Malappuram, Kannur, Wayanad and Kasaragod only one of the two squads are functional.

"The squad is equipped with most modern equipment and vehicles but is short of man power. Due to the extensive travelling involved officials are not interested in taking up postings with the anti-power theft squad," said an official on condition of anonymity.

During the 2010- 11 financial year six squads in the region have carried out 8126 inspections, majority of them on the basis of tip off, compared to 7104 in 2009 - 10. Squads in the region have found out 1235 incidences of irregularities, including 82 cases of power theft compared to the 971 cases of irregularities and 95 theft cases compared to the previous year. However, the amount collected as arrears by the squad declined from the 4.69 crores in 2009- 10 to Rs 41.17 crores in 2010- 11. An official said that the figure would have been much higher if all the eleven squads were functional. The official said that majority of the power theft cases falls in the category of tampering metres using magnets.

Source- Times of India

 

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