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Consumers suffering as outsiders dominate PDB office

  • Published at 04:23 pm June 29th, 2016

At least 33,000 consumers of the Power Distribution Board (PDB) at Gaforgaon upazila in the district are suffering a lot as the outsiders dominate the official activities with the support of some unscrupulous officials.

According to local sources, there are six posts of meter-reader in the place 26 in the office. Of the six, only two were appointed. Between the two, one is staying in Mymensingh town another is staying near the office.

The meter-reader who is staying in the district town had appointed 16 outsiders locally known 'gettist' with the help of some officers to read meters of the consumers.

The sources said the officers made the bill with the information provided the outsiders.

The consumers alleged that the meter-readers (gettist) did not make the bill in proper way.

When they went to read the meter, demanded bribe from the consumer. If anyone disagreed, his bill amount reached more than three times than legal.

We are always shaken with a fear to guess the amount of the ghost bill, the consumers also alleged.

Alongside making ghost bill, these outsiders are involved with giving illegal connection of power line, meter tempering and changing criteria of the clients. By doing this unethical business, they earn a lot of money which is their main source of income.

When visited recently the office, it was found that the outsiders gathered there behind the officers for making the ghost bill.

Rafiqul Islam, of Kurshpur village, said he got the paper of bill before connection power line.

Abdur Rahman of Hathikhola village said he had got the bill in the gape of 5-6 months and he had to pay fine for this.

Everyday many consumers have to go to the PDB office to correct the bill as the outsiders had made it according to their wish not for giving the bribe.

Daylabourer Abdul Malek of Rouha village said he used a fan and two electric-tubes. The meter reader demanded bribe to him. As he did not meet up the reader's demand. He had to pay a bill of 130 unit electricity.

Rice mill owner Shahidullah said his current reading was 2529 unit but the bill was made of 5100 unit.

When contacted, Anwaruzzaman, executive engineer of Gaforgaon PDB office said if anybody found guilty, measures would be taken against him.

Fakruzzaman, chief engineer of Mymensingh PDB office, said: “Its a national issue.”

Due to staff-shortage, the anomalies are going on in many PDB offices,” he also said

 

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