If you are looking out for details on Jharkhand State Electricity Board,do visit its official website-www.jseb.in.The site has a swank look all right with a picture of its Chairman SN Verma and his message on its home page,but it has virtually no information on its vision,telephone and mobile numbers of its personnel and tariff regulations,if any.

In contrast,the website-bseb.bih.nic.in of Bihar State Electricity Board-now Bihar State Power Holding Company Ltd(after the Nitish Kumar government unbundled it as per the Electricity Act,2003),a reform none of the successive governments in Jharkhand introduced,bombards visitors with materials on IT vision,Public Grievance,Tariff Regulations,On Line Billing,Power Bulletin and Phone Directory.

The only picture of a man on the jseb’s website is that of Verma.There is nothing about his background and qualifications.In the photo gallery there are again three pictures of men,one of whom is Verma.

And worse,the text mentioned in its page –About us-jseb-is not only funny,but also erroneous.Sample it:

”Jharkhand State Electricity Board On 15th Nov, 2000 the Land of Lord Birsa Munda emerged as a new State which named as Jharkhand, which filed up the inhabitants of the state with great Joy. Since independence, the people of Jharkhand who are residing in remote places had not seen the light of civilization which actually comes through the new Carrier “Electricity”. Immediately after the new state was constituted on 10th Jan, 2001 the state of Jharkhand announced constitution, of Jharkhand State Electricity Board to take up all activities for electrification of the whole state. On 16th Mar, 2001 the Government of Jharkhand appointed the Chairman and member of Jharkhand State Electricity Board and the first Board took up its work with great enthusiasm.”

Has this lapse been committed by ignorance or incompetence?While answer can be a subject of debate,the need of the hour is to identify the culprit(s) and punish them since this height of shame must have caused irreparable damage to the already dented image of this loss making and corruption ridden PSU-jseb.

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