Kerala - Gross Mis-management of Electric Power Generation
The only good thing the Electricity Boards do in India is to employ thousands of slothful, lazy and lethargic people. The political parties use them to help come to 'power', alternately in Kerala. Do you know that KSEB did away with the system of monthly meter readings and making of bills by each consumer himself, a few years ago! The system was working very well and, for no known reason or purpose, they withdrew it and re-introduced the reading of meters by their own people. In this way, thousands got engaged for no advantage either to the consumer or the Board. Their wage bill is a huge drag on the already paperish purse of the Board. Similarly the line maintenance personnel and several others. Also, they refuse to allow the nationalised Banks from collecting the Electricity bill payments, for reasons that they will then employ less people. Instead, thousands are employed across the state to collect the payments, and REMIT THEM INTO THE board'S BANK, EVERY DAY!
IF A PROPER MANAGEMENT AUDIT IS DONE OF THE BOARD'S FUNCTIONING, IT WILL BE FOUND THAT THE SYSTEM CAN BE BETTER ADMINISTERED WITH LESS THAN TWENTY FIVE PER CENT OF THE EXISTING STAFF STRENGTH.
Being a monopoly, they get away with all this and more.
In Kerala, from next month (September 2012), the power tariff has been raised by a whopping 30 per cent! Consumers grin and bear it.
No wonder, the stand-by generator sales and the Inverter business in Kerala are on top.