The Manipur State Power Distribution Company Limited (MSPDCL) is all set to recover the outstanding due from prepaid consumers in the state but without giving them any harassment.
According to a press statement issued by R. Sudan, IAS, Managing Director MSPDCL, the decision to recover the outstanding due is taken as it is mandatory to clear the dues to be paid by MSPDCL to CPSUs like NHPC, NEEPCO, PGCIL etc. As per official record the MSPCL is yet to clear an amount of Rs. 109,92,48,722 to the CPSUs for purchase of energy and transmission charges as on December 31, 2015.
The press statement of the managing director stated that recovering the outstanding due need to be transparent and for that the company may take 2 months starting from February 1, 2016 to complete the exercise. At present the MSPDCL has installed 76,456 prepaid meter to consumers in Imphal. Similar exercise will be undertaken for the remaining consumers of Imphal Area after conversion of prepaid consumer by April 2016.
Methodology of adjusting Outstanding Dues:
Presently, in case of Prepaid Consumers of Imphal, areas amount is not collected. Once the consumer wise outstanding dues is fixed through transparent process of personal verification by the Consumer, the same figure shall be transferred to the Data Server and deduction can begin from the periodical recharges the Consumer does as indicated below.
In case of Single Phase and LT 3 Phase Prepaid Consumer:
Outstanding due (Principle, Surcharge, and Security Deposit) once agreed between consumer and MSPDCL, will be frozen while Principle amount will be migrated to consumer database for future deduction, Surcharge and Security Deposit will be separately migrated and its deduction will be based on Government approval in future.
Each time this consumer recharge, 20 % of the recharge amount shall be adjusted in payment of outstanding dues. Suppose a consumer has an outstanding dues of Rs. 12,000/- and the consumer comes to recharge for Rs. 500/- then 20% of Rs.500 i.e. Rs. 100/- will be adjusted in payment of arrear and gets a recharge of Rs. 400/-. The outstanding due then changes to Rs. 11,900/- in the server Data base, Primary adjustment of payment made will be taken up against the Principle component of the total outstanding amount. All the details such as remaining dues, amount adjusted shall be shown on the recharge token. Each time these consumer recharges, 20% of the recharge amount shall be adjusted in payment of outstanding dues.
Similarly in case of HT 3 Phase Prepaid Consumer: The Consumer shall have to pay – 10% of the Total Outstanding dues + Current recharge amount. The amount paid against the outstanding dues shall be adjusted accordingly.
In both the above cases, the deduction as per the above methodology is mandatory. But if a consumer prefers to pay more than the mandatory deduction, so as to avoid accumulation of surcharge, the same shall be allowed.
Process of Verification of Outstanding Dues by Consumers:
List of all the consumers with their outstanding dues will be available in their respective sub-division office and the date of publication of the said list shall be published in local dailies in a phased manner (starting from 1/2/2016). The details will also be uploaded in MSPDCL website – www.mspdcl.com. For those Consumers who have registered themselves with MSPDCL for mobile sms delivery services, their outstanding details shall also be shared through sms. Consumers may reconcile with the Sub-division office regarding the outstanding due amount within 20 days from the date of notification.