Working of U.P. Electricity Officials - VI

Ram Bansal By Ram Bansal, 24th Nov 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2_q5zfn7/
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Cases of electrocution of persons and animals coming in contacts with the live wires are a common thing in U.P. without any awakening in the official circles. The practice of employing unskilled workmen for maintaining high voltage lines is continuing.

Background

So far, you have read 5 articles of the series -
1. Availability of Electricity
2. Work Contracts
3. Obstacles in New Connections
4. No MIS makes everyone free,
5. Consumer Service Personnel.

Now, read on how these officials are muredering unrmployed youths.

Murdering of Unemployed Youths

In my last article of this series, I wrote that unskilled unemployed youths are being employed by the officials through their pet contractors to attend to consumer complaints at petty amounts ranging from Rs 2,000 to 3,000 pm while minimum salary of a government employee is about Rs 15,000 p.m. Purpose of keeping such employees is to complete a formality of consumer services without really providing any services to them, to exploit the situations of unemployment in the country, and finally to save money of the government owned corporation so that they themselves keep on enjoying their luxurious lifestyles at the cost of the corporation without anything to do.

The result of such unskilled persons being forced to attend to high voltage lines and equipment of 11,000 volts is that they often get killed in accidents. On 21.11.2011 itself, such a person got killed on a pole of 11,000 volt line while working there when somebody else switch on the power supply to the line. The death was instant with the body losing a leg and an arm due to the electric flash. The scene was very inhumane to be looked at. The accident occurred close to my village and on the line fed from Unchagaon electric substation under Jahangirabad subdivision of Electricity Distribution Division III of Bulandshahr.

For this reason, electricity remained off for about 100 hours on all the six feeders reaching electricity to about 20 villages. An FIR was lodged with the local police station against Executive Engineer, Sub Divisional Officer, Junior Engineer, a substation attendant and the labor Contractor. Police supported exclusion of officers from the FIR and did not arrest any person for this cold-blooded murder.

Last year, a young boy and a girl got entangled with a live electric line wire lying the ground due to poor maintenance of the line, and were killed instantly. That case was hushed up by the officials through their money power.

Cases of electrocutions of persons and animals due to faulty lines and equipment are very frequent without having any corrective effect on the mentality of these murderous officials, and hence the practice continues for the officials having government patronage.

For further reading

Please also see -

1. Working of U.P. Electricity Officials - VII
2. Working of U.P. Electricity Officials - VIII
3. Working of U.P. Electricity Officials - IX
4. Working of U.P. Electricity Officials - X

This series of a total of ten articles on the issue of poor electricity availabilility in rural India is for all to see and judge the leadership claims of shining India.

Tags

Electricity, Electrocution, Government, India, Officials, Unemployment, Unskilled Employees, Uttar Pradesh

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author avatar Ram Bansal
An Engineer in the wonderland of Authorship, principally for authoring eBooks. My writings principally focus on psychology, Indian politics, philosophy, health and happiness in routine ways.

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