J&K power department gets tough to meet revenue targets

To achieve its revenue realization target before the end of financial year,Power Development Department has asked the filed staff engaged in revenue collection not to take leave till month of March.

Written by Sumit Hakhoo | Jammu | Published:February 10, 2009 12:24 pm

To achieve its revenue realization target before the end of financial year,Power Development Department (PDD) has asked the filed staff engaged in revenue collection not to take leave till month of March.

According to the sources,officials have also being asked to take tough action against the employees who are unable to fulfil the required targets in their respective zones on time.

Although,no written orders have been issued by the PDD,but clear instructions have been issued in Jammu region and in Kashmir valley,so that revenue target set by the government could be achieved. Sources said that Division,Sub-Division in charge,Executive Engineers,Assistant Executive engineers have been asked to convey the new directive to metre readers,lineman,inspectors,junior engineers and other staff of the respective divisions. It is pertinent to mention here that Rs 408 crore is target for Jammu division,while for valley PDD has to recover Rs 623 crore.

Sources said that employees have also been directed to make a list of the people whose tariff bill has crossed Rs 10,000,so that necessary action could be taken against them. Sources said that till December last year,only Rs. 208 crore has been colleted from the Jammu region while only Rs. 108 crore have been recovered from Kashmir.

When contacted Development Commissioner Power,R.K Salie said,“we have 45 days before the financial year ends and all the officials from the revenue section have been directed to achieve their targets.”

Salie said that although employees are trying their best but they got less time to collecte revenue due to the Amaranth land crisis and subsequent protests in both Jammu and in Kashmir.

We have also given clear instructions to the staff to cut the power supply to those people who are not paying their bills on time,said Chief Engineer,Ajay Gupta. It is pertinent to mention here that this year was uneven for the department as first the Amaranth land agitation and later the Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir had created problem for the revenue collection efforts of the department.

We will not allow the defaulters to delay the submission of their bills and action will be taken against those who even after handing over tariff bills by the department,are not coming forward to clear their dues,said Development Commissioner.

We are hopeful that this time we will complete our targets in time and improve the financial situation of the department,said Chief Engineer,Ajay Gupta.

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