Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Nation -

LUC­KNOW : The CAG has found the Paschi­man­chal Vidyut Vi­tran Nigam Ltd (PVVNL) guilty of short charg­ing (un­der-billing) the multi­na­tional cor­po­ra­tion Sam­sung to the tune of Rs 1.28 crore by vi­o­lat­ing billings rules un­der the Sup­ply Code, 2005.

PVVNL is also known as the Meerut dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany (dis­com) as its head­quar­ters are sit­u­ated in the western UP city.

As per the CAG re­port, the UP Elec­tric­ity Sup­ply Code pro­vides that the con­sumer will be billed for the pe­riod be­tween the date of last read­ing and the date of re­place­ment of a de­fec­tive me­ter on the ba­sis of av­er­age con­sump­tion and av­er­age max­i­mum de­mand of three billing cy­cles prior to the last read­ing. The pro­vi­sional bills, if any is­sued, will be ac­cord­ingly ad­justed..

The au­dit, how­ever, no­ticed that in con­tra­ven­tion of the pro­vi­sion, the ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer of elec­tric­ity dis­tri­bu­tion di­vi­sion II, Noida un­der the PVVNL is­sued the bills for power con­sump­tion of a con­sumer (Sam­sung) hav­ing a load of 15,000 KVA for Novem­ber 2015 on the ba­sis of pro rata of read­ing recorded in the main me­ter dur­ing Novem­ber 23 to De­cem­ber 1, 2015.

“In this case, the bills were to be is­sued on the ba­sis of av­er­age con­sump­tion and av­er­age max­i­mum de­mand for three billing cy­cles prior to the last read­ing, viz, Au­gust, Septem­ber, and Oc­to­ber , 2015,” the re­port ob­served, ad­ding, “By not ad­her­ing to the Sup­ply Code pro­vi­sions, the com­pany short charged the con­sumer (Sam­sung) by Rs 1.28 crore.”

The CAG re­jected the logic that the dis­com put for­ward as jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for the billing and re­ported the mat­ter to the state gov­ern­ment and the dis­com man­age­ment in June 2017 and March 2018.

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