The Andhra Pradesh Government has formulated a five point strategy to make it “Energy theft-free State” while bringing down the losses to single digit.

The five point strategy includes release of new meters by conducting special melas, monitoring and sealing of all meters, energy audit at the village level, energy audit for corporations, towns and municipal headquarters, and intensive drive to check pilferage.

According to Ajay Jain, Principal Secretary, Energy, all out efforts would be made for curtailing the theft of energy and improving metered sales. This is seen to help achieve the target of bringing down losses to single digit set by Chief Minister N.Chandrababu Naidu.

The State is providing free power to the agricultural services incurring an expenditure of around Rs 3000 crore, free power to SC&ST domestic consumers (having monthly consumption of below 50 units) with an outlay of Rs 80 crore per annum. The State utilities are spending on an average Rs 5.33 per unit to supply power.

The consumers have been advised to voluntarily come forward to regularise service connections.