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VIPs dot discom's online defaulter list

Dennis Marcus Mathew

HYDERABAD: The former Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, was slightly late in paying his power bill that ran into Rs. 2.93 lakhs. But the delay of more than three weeks was enough for the Central Power Distribution Company of Andhra Pradesh Limited (CPDCL) to list him among defaulters with arrears crossing Rs. 50,000.

The irony of the story, however, is that months after the Government paid Mr. Naidu's bill, he continues to be listed on the Discom's defaulter list on its website, www.apcentralpower.com. The glitch, according to CPDCL officials, rose because the list that is hosted online as per the Andhra Pradesh State Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) directions is updated only once in six months.

The tagline is: Once a defaulter, remain so for six months for everyone to see with a single click. Mr. Naidu, on the list last updated on March 31, 2005, will bear the ignominy till September 2005. His name figures in the Hyderabad North list, where `Reason for Pendency of Default' is mentioned as `Ex Chief Minister'!

High profile list

Mr. Naidu is not without company on the high profile list. The Assembly Speaker, K.R. Suresh Reddy, with Rs. 1.41 lakhs and the Rural Development Minister, D. Srinivas, with Rs. 97,000 are also `defaulters' with `Government service' cited as reason for delay in payment. The former Home Minister, T. Devender Goud, also finds mention with arrears of Rs. 1.79 lakhs. The reason cited is `Government service'!

A few other names among such `Government service' defaulters include a certain Y.S. Jagan Mohan with two bills of Rs. 1.54 lakhs and Rs. 1.44 lakhs, Vijaya Rama Rao (Rs. 1.41 lakhs), K. Raghavendra Rao (Rs. 54,000) and A. Karikal Valaven, IAS, (Rs. 76,000).

The City Police Commissioner, Dinesh Reddy, too is mentioned quite a few times as well.

Rs. 1,000 crores arrears

The CPDCL Director (Finances), C. Srinivasa Rao, says Government, through Roads and Buildings Department had repaid the debts, but since APERC rules say that the list should be updated once in six months, Mr. Naidu & Co. remain on the list. "Nobody has complained so far," he says wryly, adding that the total arrears from Government, private and individual defaulters are over a staggering Rs. 1,000 crores.

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