Amendment to Electricity Act: Power theft to become non-bailable offence

Rigorous imprisonment and fines worth millions proposed for those involved in pilferage.


Zafar Bhutta December 18, 2012

ISLAMABAD:


After failing to control the theft and leakages of electricity, the government has decided to make power theft a non-bailable act and has also proposed high penalties and rigorous imprisonment for those involved in the pilferage.


In this regard, Minister for Water and Power Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar introduced a bill in the National Assembly on Monday to further amend the Electricity Act 1910.

According to the bill, a minimum of one-year imprisonment and a fine of Rs1 million have been proposed for consumers involved in power theft. The maximum is seven-year imprisonment and Rs10 million penalty.

Imprisonment

The bill proposes imprisonment for three years or a fine of up to Rs10 million or both for consumer using or consuming electricity without
it passing through the electric metre or willfully tampering with service lines, electric supply lines or transmission facilities of electric power.

Power consumers tampering with auxiliary or distribution of electric power will face imprisonment for up to two years or a fine up to Rs3 million or both.

Rs1m

Strict punishment has also been proposed for domestic consumers. Those involved in tampering with electric metres or illegally connecting metres with an electric line could face imprisonment for up to one year or be charged with a Rs1 million-fine.

Industrial, commercial and agriculture sector consumers will also face strict imprisonment for up to three years or a fine up to Rs6 million for involvement in tampering with the electric metre.

A rigorous imprisonment for seven years and a Rs3 million fine has been proposed for consumers involved in damaging or destroying transmission lines, distribution lines and electric meters.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 18th, 2012.

COMMENTS (1)

Clear Black Bag | 9 years ago | Reply

Much the best,excellent and august bill against the electricity thieves but shall this bill be for every one even for our ministers,MNAs,MPAs,elite and privileged class' people and including KPK,Balochistan and Sindh most especially Karachi where hooks (kunda) system is the most popular even police stations get electricity by using hooks (kunda) as has been seen on the private TV news channels or for the Punjabis only??????

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