Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has from time to time pitched that he wants to improve the power situation in the state. According to an Indian Express report, with an aim to check theft of electricity, state Power Minister Shrikant Sharma has directed the setting up of special ‘police stations’ which will look after the issue. The report says that similar police stations were set up by the Rajasthan government in 2006.
During a media interaction, State Power Minister Shrikant Sharma informed that electricity is being provided without any cuts from 7 PM to 5 AM across the state. Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Government was reportedly mulling a strict law to deal with power theft issue. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had earlier said that there will be no discrimination in the supply of electricity in his regime. The UP CM had said in Lucknow that it was his government’s aim to provide power to the houses of all the poor by 2018. CM Adityanath also said that the state government is determined to provide 24-hour power supply in the urban areas and 18 hours of electricity in villages.
UP Power Minister Shrikant Sharma also said thet be it a government official or a VIP will not be spared if found guilty of power theft after 15 June and will be awarded a five year jail term. The minister further elaborated on the nuisance of power theft, saying the act of tapping electricity by connecting cable wires for personal use is just a common complaint. He also said that the urban consumers can now deposit 25 per cent of their arrears of power bills, a relief that was given to only rural consumers earlier. The outstanding amount could be deposited in four instalments.