Electricity theft was happening like this
This method of electricity theft was first detected in Ghaziabad. According to experts, the electricity consumer used to set the meter reader to take the meter reading. This meter reader belonged to a private company. Their duty is imposed in any area for 3 to 6 months. Due to the setting, the readers used to note down the reading of the meter. As a month's reading of 850 is coming in the meter, he used to write it down and take notes in the bill making department.
But the readings visible on the meter will be caught one day or the other, for this, the reader, before changing his duty from that area, along with the consumer, advised to submit the meter to the electricity department after saying it was bad. Or for some reason the meter was shown to be burnt. In this way the original reading of the meter would get buried along with the faulty meter.
This game of electricity theft was caught like this
After the meter is damaged, it is deposited in the department. A report also comes with it. Suddenly for some time the number of bad meters coming increased. In the special 16 division, more than 5 thousand bad meters came within 5 months. When the department got some doubts and this kind of game was caught at state level, the meters were checked. In the investigation, about 500 meters were found whose readings were manipulated. When a more in-depth investigation was done, it was revealed that about 14 lakh readings have been manipulated.