IN THE YEAR 2011,
It was the common man, people, who suffered the most with the intermittent power cuts in the DMK regime which shook the State of Tamil Nadu. On an investigation, shocking revelations came to light, despite the power cuts. The total TNEB department instead of providing light, water (electric power) facility to the people, instead deprived them of their basic necessities, owing to their total disorderly management from the top head to the common staff at the ground level. They revelled in the gross apathy of the people, this is what would have been expected of them too.
In the DMK rule, it has been brought out by the Central Audit Department of india, that to the tune of several crores, losses have been incurred, owing to the mis and disorderly management of the then ruling party. Be it electrical power, stealing of electricity has been much prevalent in the other States. To the total exception of other States, it was thought that Tamil Nadu would give all other states a second runner ship or a run for their stealth electricity activities because of the way in which it was done in the most professional way and a dab hand at it too.
Why suddenly this cropped up in 2011 and not much earlier? This situation led to the very report which was submitted on behalf of the Central Audit Department, for the year 2009-2010. The details which were reported are as follows in that report. For the past years between 2005-2010, according to the requirement scale, more 3977 megawatt electricity should have been produced. But it was found that only 290 more megawatt electricity was produced, instead of 3977 more. This led to a loss of 392.37 crores of rupees to TNEB. For all those projects planned, for a tune of 2175 crores rupees since there were no contract jobs assigned, it led to more loss, 133.26 crores of rupees. Owing to deficiency in handling the coal there was an increase in expenditure to the tune of 20.58 crores. Next it was found that the same quality of coal was imported for newspapers, electricity department when compared between the two, it was found that the amount spent by the TNEB people was more by 337.76 crores. Here too the electricity department spent more.
IMPORTING COAL, landed up in a further loss of 1103.30 crores, it was found in furtherance. It was found that they violated, flouted the rules made by the Regulation of Electricity Regulatory Commission, bought more coal because of which they had to incur more 279.65 crores of rupees. Since more supplemental energy was used, it further created a loss of 281.63 crores. Since electricity had to be purchased it further enhanced the financial deficit to a tune of 64%. This was what really led to the total financial disaster in the Electricity department. It was found that for the purchase of electricity 59% of the funds were spent, 15% for the raw materials, 10% for the interest on the amount taken as a loan. Out of the revenue input 89% came in as payment of electricity bills by the people, but from grants only 9% income came in.
When the electricity was sold at a lesser price than cost of production, this too led to loss situation eventually. When a unit of Electricity production cost was sold at even lesser at 1.68 rupees per unit, this led to loss. Selling of produce with the production cost and other incidental charges should have been the market price. When a produce is sold at lesser than a production cost it is DOOMSDAY. Power distribution since it was not reduced by 15%, we further incurred 3087.62 crores of rupees’ loss.
What was the reason, the then UPA-led Government, which had allotted, KAREPALMA-2, MANDAKINI coal mines for their internal consumption, but since they had not been dug for coal, it led to shortage of coal, to compensate the local consumption, it had to be imported from abroad. Not only this because of the Thermal power stations at North madras were under expansion and to this effect the contracts since were given separately, this also led to us not getting the concession from Central Government to the extent of 133.26. Not only the obtainable concession got wasted, the coal stock that had to be kept in the thermal power godowns, since sufficient stocks were not kept, this also led to a further loss of 266.40 crores. Next when coal which were imported from abroad, brought by ship, next when transported at the port by conveyors and the belts when they gotten repaired were not set right and maintained which led to a delay in bringing in the coal and there was a wastage of 6.61 crores of rupees because of this.
Loss in production, At the same time, in Thoothukudi, owing to procrastinations in bringing the coal into the thermal plant there, the work had to be stopped. Owing to this sudden turn out of events, there was a loss of 12.75 crores towards production. Likewise, in North Chennai too, mishandling the coal stocks, compulsory stopping of work, had led to a loss 144.07 crores of rupees.
In the year 2005-2009, the subsidies from the central government to the tune of 10090.10 crores was not given to the State Government towards this. Not only this, like a vicious circle, the certificate charges from the Pollution Control Board was also not paid by them. In the thoothukudi thermal plant, they were not able to control the pollution, no planning was also done to this effect. For the last 35 years’ completion too, amongst 16 thermal plants, they have given the life-extension.
The tax charged on electricity usage at nights, when it was waived, it gave rise to more loss. The use of electricity at night which was taxed and when a waiver was granted it led to a loss of 38.85 crores of rupees. To procure 12 transformers, transformers and rectifiers, from private companies, when the orders were placed for two different prices, this also led to loss of rupees 7.07 crores. Apart from all this, when concession was given to pillai Perumal Nallur Power Generating Company Limited, a loss of 53.18 crores was incurred, the report from the Central Audit Department. Owing to delay in giving new electrical connections 4.73 crores, incorrect accountability of procurement prices paid to soft material companies which led to a further loss of 2.63 crores, income tax not deducted for windmill industries, loss incurred 2.07 crores, electricity power pressure used more than what was the permissible limit which led to loss of 1.59 crores,
THE SHOCKING MIS-MANAGEMENT IN THE POWER SECTOR INDUSTRY IN DMK PERIOD FOR THE ONE YEAR 2011, THE LOSS SUFFERED WAS 6348.10 CRORES OF RUPEES IN TOTAL.
WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF THEY WERE TO CONTINUE?? THIS POWER INDUSTRY LOSS IS JUST A SAMPLE, THEY HAVE ALMOST DABBLED IN ALL THE INDUSTRIES THAT THEY COULD LAY THEIR HANDS ON, IN THE GARB OF THIS DYNASTICAL APPROACH OF BEING IN POLITICAL ARENA,
FIELDING FOR THE PUBLIC, BUT BATTING WITH A PERSONAL AGENDA,
BEWARE OF WHO YOU VOTE FOR THIS TIME AROUND……
VIJAYASHREE RAMESH, ADVOCATE & SOCIAL ACTIVIST.