The Government of Sindh has introduced Mobile meter reading with the help of android cell phones in the province, a move that’s designed at bringing precision and transparency in the system. Such Mobile meter reading systems have already been introduced in Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
mGovernance Initiatives: Sindh Govt Introduces Electricity Mobile Meter Reading Through Android Phones
According to the particulars acquiesced in the National Assembly of Pakistan, the mobile reading process has been instigated by DISCOs. Now it is the responsibility of the meter readers to report for meter reading in rural areas of Sindh each month. It is their duty to record real reading for billing. This system will also make it sure that malingering is also controlled.
Formerly there were numerous complaints about the defective system of meter readings and rush could be seen at WAPDA offices so that wrong billing issues could be fixed. Nevertheless, a substantial decline has been observed in the number of complaints against the faulty meter reading system. Moreover, now it can be witnessed whether meter readers are at duty or not, differing to previous practices.
Mobile meter reading has been initiated in various Sub-Divisions of rural areas of HESCO and SEPCO. SEPCO has introduced Mobile reading in 23 out of total 40 Sub-Divisions. The remaining Sub-Divisions will be handled by February, 2016. Whereas, HESCO initiated Mobile reading in 22 out of total 67 Sub-Divisions. The procedure will be finalized by February, 2016 in 51 Sub-Divisions. The other 16 Sub-Divisions will, however be covered by June, 2016.
Now meter readers are bound to visit the site and take picture of every meter. New mobile sets have been given to the reading workforce so that cameras on the new mobile sets can take good quality pictures. Additional D.G (IS) GEPCO has been directed to deliver computer operation training and mobile software skills to the concerned staff so that improved services could be provided to the clients in future.
According to a report submitted by the government in the Lower House, at present there is no tender to set up pre-paid electricity meters in the rural regions, and the concerned authority should investigate about it. Although it a good initiative taken by the government, but they should bring more transparency and accuracy to improve the system.