Yet another goof up by Chhattisgarh state electricity department as a marginal farmer from Mahasamund district was served an electricity bill of over Rs 76 crores for September month. The marginal farmer identified as Ram Prasad told media persons that this bill was despite him having only domestic power connection. As the news spread and went viral on social media platforms where people did not spare taking potshots at the goof up, the electricity department came up with an explanation that it was mere a technical error and that the error could be because farmer Prasad’s electricity metor had been changed on August 4.
“The last reading of the old electricity metre was not entered in the system due to which this bill was generated by the department. However, there is a rule of re-checking of bills but the officials responsible have not checked it properly. Two clerks, namely, Garun Kumar and Doj Kumar Devangan were suspended for carelessness,” a senior officer of the department said. A new bill of Rs 1,820 has been generated and given to the farmer, he added.
Opposition parties in the central state raised questions over the issue of inflated bills during the special session of the assembly held on September 24 and alleged that bills worth lakhs were being sent to Chhattisgarh farmers.