Government forces and the Home Department in the Kashmir division of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) have not paid bills amounting to 427 crores to the Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited, as per RTI reply.
The RTI (Right to Information) application filed by M M Shuja, an activist, had sought details of outstanding electricity dues to be paid by the department of police, paramilitary forces, and other security agencies till 30-11-2020 to KPDCL.
Despite being chronic defaulters, establishments of Home department, Border security forces, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Army, the concerned department has failed to make the recovery of the pending bills.
As per the RTI reply, the Home Department alone owes more than 206 crore rupees to the electricity department by the end of November 2020. J-K Police is included in the Home department.
Army, BSF, CRPF establishments across Kashmir owe rupees 93.76 crores, 5.82 crores, 120 crores on account of electricity towards the department respectively.
Newly appointed Public relations officer (PRO) CRPF told The Kashmir Walla that he had no information about the pending bills, “will look into it,” he said.
In the list of the pending dues, there are as many as 66 Estate and other related departments that owe fat bills to the KPDCL.
The highest amount of 415.56 crores is owed by the Irrigation and Flood Control Department, followed by the Housing and Urban Development Department that owes an amount of 106.36 crores.
Chief Engineer distribution, KPDCL Ajaz Ahmad Dar did not respond to the questions asked by this reporter via WhatsApp in this regard.
Each year, the J-K electricity department prepares the list of chronic defaulters.
Last year, the Power Department released a list of defaulters which included prominent politicians, high-class businessmen, bureaucrats, telecom firms, security installations, well-known industrialists, and government offices.