Chief Minister Nitish Kumar orders special campaign against power theft in Bihar

Last Updated: Sat, Oct 20, 2012 14:20 hrs

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday ordered the launch an intensive campaign against the theft of power in the state, and instructed officials of the state power department to penalise those caught indulging in the act.

Kumar issued the order during a high level review meeting of the state electricity board here, an official statement said.

The state, which is power starved, is losing a large amount of electricity due to theft and transmission losses.

According to the state government statement, the meeting also discussed the proposal to bifurcate the electricity board into five companies. These include one holding company, transmission company, generation company and two distribution companies.

The statement said quoted Bihar Chief Secretary A K Sinha as saying that the proposed bifurcation was aimed at bringing the transmission loss down from 40 per cent to 24 per cent in five years.

The state government is currently providing an assistance of Rs.180 crore per month to the Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB) which comes to Rs. 2160 crore annually.

After creation of separate companies, the state government would not be required to provide any financial assistance to BSEB, the statement said.

Sinha said the division of the BSEB into five different companies would not affect the interest of employees and pensioners. (ANI)

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