Agra, May 28: Having fed up with the bane of power thefts for decades now, the Yogi Adityanath government has decided to take stringent steps to curb burglery. Anyone caught stealing electricity will have to face a jail term of up to five years from June 15. This is part of the state's efforts to provide power 24x7 for all by the beginning of 2019. The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh, which has signed the 'Power to All' document with the Centre to provide 24x7 electricity supply to all households is gearing up to replicate Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state 'Gujarat Model' to curb rampant power theft in the state.If caught, the defaulter will be arrested and asked to pay up to six times the pending dues while those using more than 10KW sanctioned load will face imprisonment of up to five years. Such consumers will be debarred from using electricity for up to two years. Repeated for the second time, one will go to jail for 10 years.

 

Meanwhile, the government has already decided to come up special police stations that would be established to deal with these cases. According to an internal assessment report on Aggregate Technical and Commercial losses till December 2016, prepared by the UP Power Corporation Limited, of the total power supplied almost 31% of power was pilfered last year, TOI reports.

NC Agarwal, director (personnel), Dakshinanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited, said, that "the amnesty programme of the UP government against power thieves ends on June 15, we will launch a massive drive against power thieves. Earlier, we used to impose penalty to the defaulters. But now, an FIR will be lodged and the offender will be sent to jail." According to the reports, out of every five electricity consumers in Etawah, the home district of SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, only one pays electricity bills. The situation is similar in Gorakhpur, parliamentary constituency and home districts of UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath. The power pilferage in Gorakhpur is to the tune of over 80%, the report said. As per Central Electricity Authority data, 71 percent and 19 percent UP households in rural and urban areas respectively are devoid of electricity connection. At the same time, about 6.3 million consumers derive power through illegal connection and are unbilled. The number of various category of electricity consumers in the state is about 18.8 million. The aim to providing 'Power to All' by October 2018 would require new power connections to 20 million additional households.[OneIndia News]

AHMEDABAD:INDIA A rural court at the Mirzapur campus has acquitted a farmer from Dholka in an electricity theft case

When Valjibhai Manabhai Jadav was brought before the court for trial, the first issue came about his identity. The Gujarat Electricity Board police station at Sabarmati had registered the complaint in March 2007 against one Valjibhai Madhavbhai Jadav. The complaint was under the Electricity Act and Jadav came to be arrested in this case. He is a resident of Sindhrej village near Dholka.Jadav's advocate Mohammed Hussain Shaikh objected to the investigation and defended on the ground that no independent witness was examined during the trial to establish the identity of the accused.

Moreover, the prosecution could not establish from which electricity cable, Jadav was caught illegally drawing power. The prosecution could also not say how far the cables were from Jadav's house. The investigators also could not ascertain before the court which material was seized from Jadav's possession, advocate Shaikh said.The investigator's callous approach also resulted in acquittal as the prosecution could not supply enough material before the court to show the house where the power was supplied illegally was actually owned by Jadav.[Times of India]

Electricity theft in Puebla has cost the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) more than 104 million pesos (US $5.5 million) since 2014, and the problem has become considerably worse during that timeCFE documents obtained by the newspaper El Universal show a sharp spike in the crime in various parts of the state over the past three years.

 

While the practice mainly occurs in the residential sector, it has also been detected among commercial users and even in government offices.Charges were brought in 19 cases of electricity theft in 2014 in which the CFE incurred losses of 357,000 pesos.In 2015, losses grew to almost 9 million pesos and the CFE pressed charges in seven cases. One was a government office but which was not specified.It was in 2016 that thefts soared, with the CFE reporting economic damage totaling 94.8 million pesos.Thirty-six cases were brought before the federal Attorney General, with 28 in residences and four each in the commercial and government sectors.Again, the area of government was not specified.The 2016 theft increase corresponds to a substantial electricity price hike for businesses and high-consumption residences.Up until April of this year, just two cases have been reported.

According to the federal criminal code, electricity theft carries a penalty of three to 10 years’ imprisonment as well as a fine of 1,000 times the daily minimum wage, or 80,000 pesos.[MEXICOCITY NEWS]