India

Securing personal pockets at the cost of taxpayer’s money

R.s Jamwal
[ August 04, 2017 ] Power Development Department Jammu is unable to provide uninterrupted power to Jammuites despite presently crores of rupees were spent on its modernization and on its existing supply network. Field staff of PDD namely JEs, Meter Readers, Lineman have joined hands and formed a unholy alliance to defeat J&K Govt sole purpose of providing uninterrupted electricity to residents of state.Residents of Jammu often protests regarding long hours of unscheduled and even scheduled power cuts for hours together. There is also a great resentment among people that thousands of JJ clusters residents are having illegal connections and for that paying hafta to JEs, Lineman and others. They further alleged that thousands of unlicensed vendors, rehriwallas also have illegal connections obtained after bribing officials of PDD. It deserves mentioning here that prominent areas in the city where there are open plots, there are number of Juggies having illegal power connections to run TV, refrigerator and even electric heater to cook their food. By having a glimpse of posh areas in Jammu city, one can readily visit such sites where these juggies are well established be it Trikuta Nagar where there are two Bagri Mandies having over hundreds of illegal connections, Transport Nagar having over thousands of Juggies, likewise in areas like Channi Himmat, Tawi bank adjoining Governor House, Rehari Colony, Toph Sherkhania, Paloura, Shakti Nagar, Talab Tillo and there are several other areas where these Juggies have been erected consuming good share of power supply depriving genuine consumers and particularly the people of areas which are fully metered.It is worth mentioning here that DC Rajouri Shahid Iqbal Choudhary created a history in his district by getting disconnected hundreds of illegal connections in a single day besides generating an amount worth lacs from defaulters as penalty. Whereas trying to follow the footprints of DC Rajouri , Jammu administration also conducted a visit to few areas but unfortunately they could not locate any illegal connections and following which could not generate any revenue as penalty as the visit was mere eyewash and the information of visit was already conveyed to defaulters as the ground staff hand in glove with them duly informed them to put the things in right perspective to save them and also for the safety of well being of staff. Senior officials especially of PDD owes an explanation how thousands of JJ clusters and rehriwallas and vendors are illegally stealing power worth crores of rupees monthly and why no officials of PDD placed under suspension for dereliction of their duties at the cost of tax payers money and also for putting them to extreme hardships in this scorching heat and humidity.