Haryana Voluntary Disclosure Scheme-2017
The Chief Minister of Haryana Mr. Manohar Lal has re-launched the “Voluntary Disclosure Scheme-2017” for declaring defective meters and meters that have been tampered with, for all categories of consumers having whole current meter load of up to 20 KW. The scheme will remain in force until May 31, 2017. Following the conclusion of the scheme, a special drive would be launched for detection of electricity theft.
The consumers could install a new meter on payment of their outstanding bills without any penalty by voluntarily declared tampering or defect of their meter, a spokesman of power utilities said.
He said that last year, the VDS scheme was launched for all categories of consumers having sanctioned load up to five KW. Keeping in view the fruitful outcome of this scheme, the same scheme has now been launched for all categories of consumers having sanctioned load of 20 KW.
Giving details of the new scheme, he said that after giving information of the tampered meter, the consumers would have to supply the electronic energy meter of empanelled firm purchased from the market and pay the outstanding bill. After the payment and new meter are deposited, the Sub-Divisional Engineer would install meter within three days after getting it tested from M&T Lab.
He said that power bills of maximum last one year at normal rates based on sanctioned load or MDI recorded, whichever is higher, would be recovered from such consumers. Under the provisions of the Electricity Act, 2003, double rates and compounding amount would be waived. Those consumers whose meters have been removed from their premises on suspicion, but have not yet been tested in the lab, could also voluntarily declare and take advantage of this scheme.
He said that if any consumer was not satisfied with the decision of the Sub Divisional Engineer, he or she could file an appeal before the Executive Engineer concerned. The appeal would be decided within three working days. This scheme would not only help reduce line losses but also increase the revenue of the power utilities.