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Power Theft: CESU To Reward Whistleblowers


05 September 2019

Debashish Maharana


Bhubaneswar: In an attempt to curb power pilferage, the Central Electricity Supply Utility (CESU) today officially announced to reward whistleblowers with cash.

People reporting power theft will get a cash reward of ten percent of the amount assessed and recovered, said an official of the power distribution company (discom).    

"Any person reporting power theft will get ten percent of the amount recovered from the person involved in the theft," informed Arun Bothra, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), CESU.

"His (complainant's) name will be kept confidential," he added.

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The Bothra informed that CESU will launch a major drive to curb power theft in the next two-three month.

"The total loss stands around 30 percent which includes loss due to transmission of power, commercial loss and loss due to power theft," he added.

The tough cop turned CEO asked complainants using social media for lodging complaints to allow some amount of time to CESU to resolve the complaint.

"Efforts would be made to strengthen our social media presence and involve Self Help Groups (SHGs) for metering, meter reading bill collection, e-payment jobs etc.,"the CESU CEO said.

He said that CESU is going to assign targets to different people for different tasks and he is hopeful that with it CESU's financial condition would improve and with improved revenue, the discom would be in a position to provide better service. 

Arun Bothra, CEO, CESU