Speaking at the 2-day conference of power ministers of states and Union territories in Goa, Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal said he will take strict action against those indulging in theft of electricity.
“Industries as well as big people are involved in the pilferage, not the poor. Bribes are offered to linesmen and department officials, and may be politicians are also involved in it,” said Goyal.
The conference aims to review implementation of various ongoing schemes, programmes and issues pertaining to the power, coal and renewable energy sectors. Power ministers and state power Secretaries will plan and review new developments in the sector keeping India’s CoP 21 commitments in background.
Goyal called for taking action against those involved in power theft saying it will benefit the common man.
“Poor persons are not involved in the theft. Farmer’s don’t do it because they get it cheap or free power. Maximum theft is in the field of industries and by big people. I feel there is a political benefit in stopping the theft because by doing that you will be able to reduce the electricity bill of the common man,” said the Power Minister.
“In the first year itself Modi as Chief Minister began a crackdown on electricity theft. Around one lakh FIRs were filed and even BJP workers were put behind bars. But due to that step, Modi managed to improve the power scenario in the state,” said Goyal.
On Friday, deliberations will be held on coal swapping. Adoption of energy conservation building codes by states and energy efficient agricultural pumps will also be discussed. The two day conclave will conclude on Friday