Nearly half the people accused of stealing power in Madhya Pradesh are farmers,a political constituency that gets top billing in the state.
As many as 1,02,994 farmers were booked for stealing power between January 2009 and January 2011 but only 47 were sent to jail,the assembly was informed on Tuesday.
While domestic consumers were found involved in 61,976 cases of power theft,their counterparts in industry and commerce accounted for 38,839 and 1,086 cases. At 1,10,611,the total in these three categories is marginally more than the cases involving only farmers.
Energy Minister Rajendra Shukla said arrest warrants were issued against 17,429 persons but only 47 were arrested and jailed during the two-year period about which information was sought by Congress legislator Ramniwas Rawat.
Burhanpur emerged as the most honest district,where not a single case of power theft was reported during the period in question,while Indore topped the list with 26,307 cases of which 20,471 were slapped against farmers alone.
Khandwa registered 15,098 cases,10874 of them against farmers. Rewa,the district to which the energy minister belongs,reported 6,802 cases and there was marginal difference between cases against farmers and domestic consumers. Sehore,CM Shivraj Singh Chouhans home district,saw 6,691 cases,of which 4,843 are farmers,but neither a single arrest was made nor a single warrant issued.