Lax attitude on the part of Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (PSPCL) has been causing in augmenting the figures of its deficit day-by-day. Lack of solid recovery policy as regard to defaulting amount has encouraged defaulters to use the power fearlessly without paying a single penny for the past many years. In present scenario, PSPCL’s defaulting amount has totalled up to several crore across the state and govt departments constitute a maximum share in this multi crore defaulting amount. Kapurthala circle alone has Rs 19.77 crore recoverable from nearly two dozen government offices at the close of the third quarter of the current financial year. Available statistics themselves vouch the truth that dozens of government departments have failed to pay their respective electricity bills for many years and PSPCL has failed to recover the same. The top-most defaulter which is not bothered to deposit their electricity bills since many years includes Department of Public Health (water works with defaulting amount of Rs 11.25 crore, which constitute about 60 percent of the total defaulting amount in Kapurthala circle, Gram Panchayat ranked second among the defaulters with a defaulting amount of Rs 2.21 crore, including hospitals/ govt dispensaries with defaulting amount of Rs 1.7 crore ranked third while Municipal Committee (Local Bodies) had not paid its outstanding electricity bill of Rs 1.54 crore and other defaulters including Punjab Police with defaulting amount of Rs 1.38 crore, a sum of Rs 37.11 lakh is also outstanding against Tehsil Complex, DC office too failed to pay its outstanding electricity bill of Rs 26 lakh, SDM office also could not clear its defaulting amount of Rs 17.96 lakh, a sum of Rs 14.43 lakh is also recoverable from government schools-ITI’s, Rs 11.07 lakh from Revenue Department, Rs 8.58 lakh from Department of Panchayati Raj, Rs 2.67 lakh from PWD Electricity Department, Rs 2.13 lakh from PSTC, Rs1.74 lakh from Welfare Department, Rs1.62 lakh from Animal Department, RS 90,000 from PWD (B&R), Rs 80,000 from Central Deptt (BSNL). Rs 18,000 from Zila Parishad, Rs 9,000 from Agriculture Department while Rs 40.32 lakh as defaulting amount belongs to various miscellaneous government departments is still recoverable till the closing of third quarter of current financial year 2017-18.
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