The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has recovered Rs. 15 million through Flying Squad raids on premises with rigged electricity meters.
The raids were carried out on Power and Energy Minister John Seneviratne`s orders.
The move follows rampant power piracy, carried out with the assistance of CEB employees in some cases.
Several employees have already been identified and action is being taken against them, a Ministry media release said. The Minister has also strengthened the flying squad to expand the raids.
The CEB is already in the red for Rs. 100 billion and large scale power piracy has aggravated the losses.
As a deterrent, the Ministry has decided to increase the penalty for power piracy three fold while appealing to the public to bring to its notice any instance of power piracy.
The Ministry could be contacted on 011-2384837 and 011-2681273.