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MAR 31 2017

Discom chief talks tough against graft

  • Economic Times, ET Bureau / Hyderabad
  • Created: Fri 31st MAR 2017


The Andhra Pradesh Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (APSPDCL) has squarely blamed the lack of proper monitoring by supervisory officers for the growing instances of corrupt practices at the field level.

The discom, the largest in the State with eight districts under its purview, has taken serious note of the instances of its employees getting involved in corrupt practices, wherein some got trapped by anti-corruption sleuths. Such instances not only put their families to untold miseries, but also tarnished the image of the organisation.

At a meeting here on Thursday, APSPDCL Chairman and Managing Director H.Y. Dora directed all the officers to strictly follow the Guaranteed Standards of Performance (SOP) for implementation to provide better services to consumers.

While expressing displeasure over some employees leaving honesty, devotion and integrity to the wind by demanding and accepting bribe from consumers, he equally blamed the controlling officers for turning a blind eye.

Making accountable

Intending to end corruption in the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) cadre, Mr. Dora made it clear that the section officer would be held responsible for supervisory lapses and transferred immediately, besides initiation of disciplinary action up to the cadre of Assistant Divisional Engineer (ADE). Applying the same rule, the ADE would be taken to task if the Section Officer was found involved in corrupt activities. For corruption at the ADE level, the Divisional Engineer would have to take the blame, where disciplinary action would be initiated up to the cadre of Superintending Engineer.

On the office side, the revenue collection from Electricity Revenue Offices (EROs) is to be monitored by SIRC/JAO (Junior Accounts Officer), besides ensuring that remittance is made the same day. Reconciliation of bank accounts will have to be promptly monitored by the authorities concerned, according to Mr. Dora.


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