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Electricity dues of ministers, government officials reaches Rs 13,000 crore

The UP power minister also informed that police stations are being set up in all 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh to keep a check on the electricity dues defaulter.

SNS | New Delhi |

With the electricity dues on government departments and houses peaking up to whopping Rs 13,000 crore, the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government decided to now install pre-paid meters in the official residences of all ministers, legislators and officials in order to check the non-payment of electricity dues.

The Uttar Pradesh Power Minister Shrikant Sharma told the reporters that the electricity dues on government departments and houses had added up to a whopping Rs 13,000 crore.

“To realise these dues, we will soon give an option for making payments in installments. We have placed an order for one lakh pre-paid power meters and as they arrive, we will start installing them in government offices and residences. I will first install this pre-paid meter in my own residence,” he said.

The major defaulters in paying the electricity bill are ministers, legislators and officials apart from other Government officers.

The minister also informed that police stations are being set up in all 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh to keep a check on the electricity dues defaulter. Till now 68 such police stations have already been set up.

“The state government has created 2,050 posts for these police stations and their salaries and other costs will be paid by the UP Power Corporation,” Sharma said.