Conserving paper, BESCOM style

Me to BESCOM (Bangalore Power) employee: Can I have an ECS Mandate form, please, to enable me to have the monthly power bill amount deducted from my bank account automatically?

(The forms are free, and it took me 3 visits because this gentleman, who is the ONLY one who can disburse these forms, was never in his seat. Today, Hallelujah, he is.)

BESCOM employee: You will need two forms, one to be submitted to us, and one for the bank.

Me; Can I have another form, then, please?

BESCOM employee: (firmly closing the desk in which hundreds of forms are lying about): You can take a xerox of this one in some nearby shop.

I never swear, but if I did, I’d be saying Doubleyou Tee Eff!


  1. skeptic says:

    “Work to rule” ( and malicious compliance. Hope BESCOM (I know Manivannan is no longer with BESCOM, so hoping against hope) will create rules and regulations to prevent this in future.

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