Solutions for Corruption (State Electricity Depts)

Below are the key issues and root causes for corruption in state electricity departments. Kindly review and please help identify specific solutions to them. We will then make a submission to CVC, Power Ministry and State Leaders so actions can be taken to address this corruption.

Transparency International India

Corruption in State Electricity Departments – Root Causes

1. Vigilance over the state electricity department is weak
2. Their systems are not yet completely computerized
3. There is too much of manual intervention in everything, giving room to corruption
4. Employees have been getting away with bribery for a lot of years now
5. The user base is large and tracking it completely becomes a challenge
6. The complaint redressal mechanism if not strong in most cities
7. There is a lack of strict action against the people caught for power theft
8. There is a lack of inter-department coordination
9. Officers misuse their powers and authority to make money on the side
10. There is a lack of proper accountability for their job
11. The lower and middle class Indians psyche has accepted this level of corruption as routine
12. The working of the entire department is non-transparent.

Corruption in State Electricity Departments - Issues

1. Meter readers take bribes to note incorrect numbers
2. Department employees take bribes from shopkeepers to reduce their monthly bill amount
3. Workers who come to fix faulty meters ask for money
4. The process of getting a new meter installed cannot be completed without paying bribes at different levels
5. Workers allow power theft after taking bribes
6. Company installs defective meters and the subscriber pay bribes to get it to slow down
7. Bribes need to be paid to get any correction done in bills
8. Bribes have to be paid to line men who come for repairs, failing which they do not show up for the next complaint
9. In case of any component failure, citing delays in Govt Supplies, the linemen/engineer make citizens/businesses procure them from their preferred vendor who gives them a commission
10. Bills are delayed at times by local staff in collusion with linemen to create a disconnection and bribery opportunity.
11. In some cities a business connection requires Rs 1000/kilo watt of bribe to be paid to engineer. more  

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To maintain transparency and fixing the accountability at top level, are the most effective and widely used tools to curb the corruption in each and every Govt organisation. Decision must be made within the time-frame work.Justice must not be delivered in time but it should also seen to be delivered. There is also need to change century old irrelevant rules to minimise the red-tapism. These measure are also being adopted in all the various countries including USA, UK, SA, Australia,Singapur more  
My general solution to fight corruption is to demonetise all large notes above Rs 100 and replace them with coins in limited numbers. Bribe takers will find it difficult to handle or store black money. When they cannot use the money they earn as bribe corruption will come down. Bribes will be come more in kind than cash but this cannot be much and whatever little happens will only help the economy to some extent. With the PM's initiative to open bank accounts for all, encourage use of cards for transactions. All card transactions of high value can be monitored by the tax authorities. more  
Almost all the sections of the Electricity Department is corrupted. Unless and until their entire process/systems are completely computerized and transparent, and a open and strong complaint redressal mechanism ensured the corruption and mis-use of powers cannot be eliminated. more  
Corruption can be prevented by ensuring proper oversight of processes and use of procedures in each ministry and in every agency. Corruption can be cured by implementing random unannounced audits and regular procedural inspections, using both internal and external resources to report irregularities. more  
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