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Man Uses Social Media To Check Power Theft, Gets Rewarded

31 August 2019


Bhubaneswar: Among various uses of social media, people are also using it to send their complaints to authorities of government and private institutions but such grievances go unnoticed and unaddressed barring a few similar to one recently filed by a person to highlight a power theft case.

A person with pseudonym of Sk Rafikuddin on twitter had on August 27 reported to Central Electricity Supply Utility (CESU) about a power theft by a shop owner at Bahugram under Salipur block of Cuttack district. The shop owner was conducting theft of electricity by using hook lines.

The complainant had also tagged the twitter handle of Arun Bothra, Chief Executive Officer of CESU, and had mentioned that it has been seven years since such illegal activity is going on in the area because of which the people in the area are facing low voltage issue.

Acting on the complaint, a raid was conducted on the shop owner on August 29 and he was imposed with a penalty of Rs 25,645. A case u/s 135 Electricity Act was also registered, as stated by Bothra on his twitter handle.

Bothra also mentioned that the complainant is entitled to a reward of 10 per cent of the penalty amount recovered and asked him for his details to send the cheque.

It is also revealed through the twitter conversation that the complainant shared his details with Bothra on Saturday (August 31) following which the latter assured that the reward will reach him soon.

It is worthwhile to mention that CESU has a provision of rewarding those who give information on power theft while their name will be kept secret. The cash reward will be given to the informer only after realisation of penalty from the defaulting consumer.