CHANDIGARH, Nov 19-Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal launched a Voluntary Disclosure Scheme 2016 for declaring tampered or defective meters for all categories of consumers having sanctioned load up to five KW. The scheme shall remain in operation from November 20, to December 31, 2016.
The Chief Minister, who was addressing a press conference here today said that the cases of such consumers who voluntarily declare tampering of meter or meter being defective, shall be decided as per the provisions of the scheme.
He said that the consumers would be charged on nominal consumption basis as per their sanctioned load for last one year on current normal tariff only, instead of twice the tariff along with compounding charges. While conveying the electricity bill amount, SDO (OP) will provide the details of calculation.
The consumer will have the option to deposit the bill amount in lump-sum or in a maximum of six equal bi-monthly installments payable along with the next 6 bills. In case the consumer opts to pay in lump-sum, additional rebate of 5 per cent will be allowed.
The meter installed at the premises shall be replaced with a new electronic meter within three days. The cost of the meter would be charged from the consumer, in case the meter is supplied by the Nigam.
The consumers whose meters have been seized and sent for verification to the M and T Lab and are pending for testing, will also have the option to avail this scheme. No further meter testing and investigation will be done in their case.
He said that the cases of defective meters, including burnt meters, shall also be covered under the scheme.
In case any consumer is aggrieved with any order or decision of the sub-divisional officer, appeal shall lie to the Executive Engineer concerned. On receipt of an appeal, the appellate authority shall decide the same within three working days.
No checking shall be carried out during the period of operation of the scheme for consumers having load up to 5 KW and no meter having load up to 5 KW shall be seized and sent to the lab for testing during this period. The consumers under this scheme can avail surcharge waiver scheme 2016 also if eligible for the same.