JAMMU: A vocal voice for the business community and former president of the Jammu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Rakesh Gupta has sought Home Minister Amit Shah’s intervention on issues of power crisis and proposed tariff hike in the region.
Gupta, who is also President of Jammu Pharmaceutical Distributors Association, advised the Power Development Department to put on hold the proposed power tariff hike and termed it as totally irrational .
Gupta appealed to Home Minister Amit Shah to urgently intervene and question the bosses of PDD for the proposed power tariff hike and ask the PDD to go for serious introspection as corruption in their distribution department has crossed all barriers resulting into 60-62% AT & C Losses ( Aggregate Technical & Commercial Losses) despite thousands of crores of Tax Payers Money been and being allocated by the Union Government for improving the Infra . He also appealed to the Union Home Minister for an urgent Audit by Central Agencies of the Money Spent by the PDD on their Infra in J&K UT in the last one decade.
He also appealed to LG Manoj Sinha to make the PDD Distribution Officials accountable for big mismatch between the consumption of electricity and revenue collected. He also appealed that there must be no increase the existing power tariff and effective steps be taken to lower the AT & C Losses rather.
He also questioned the PDD Distribution department that why no action is being initiated against those responsible in their department for theft of Electricity because of their active connivance.