1 lakh AAP vol­un­teers to reach out to peo­ple over high power tar­iff

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - Punjab - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­[email protected]

PARTY WILL TRAIN 5,000 MAS­TER VOL­UN­TEERS IN PUN­JAB TO LEAD THE MARCH

CHANDI­GARH : As part of its ‘Bi­jli An­dolan’, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will ask its 1-lakh vol­un­teers to reach out to peo­ple in ur­ban and ru­ral pock­ets of the state to lis­ten to their power-re­lated prob­lems and re­dress them.

In a state­ment, leader of op­po­si­tion in Pun­jab assem­bly Harpal Cheema said to achieve this, ex­perts from among those who had been ac­tive in the Delhi move­ment will train as many as 5,000 mas­ter vol­un­teers in Pun­jab to lead the march. He said the move­ment had been kick-started in San­grur by state party chief Bhag­want Mann on Fri­day, fol­lowed by MLA Sarab­jit Kaur Manuke from Lud­hi­ana on Satur­day,

Cheema said the vol­un­teers will per­son­ally reach out to ev­ery con­sumer in the state and will ap­prise them of how the gov­ern­ment was charg­ing ex­or­bi­tant rate for elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion. The vol­un­teers will also in­form them of the power tar­iff in Delhi.

MANN LY­ING ON DELHI POWER RATES: REBEL S

Five rebel MLAS of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Satur­day ac­cused their party col­leagues in Pun­jab of spread­ing dis­in­for­ma­tion on the is­sue of the Delhi gov­ern­ment pro­vid­ing elec­tric­ity at ₹1 per unit to con­sumers.

“While we de­mand that the Pun­jab gov­ern­ment dras­ti­cally cut down the elec­tric­ity tar­iff, there is no need to re­sort to lies to but­tress the de­mand as state pres­i­dent Bhag­want Mann and oth­ers are do­ing,” MLAS Kan­war Sandhu, Nazar Singh Mansahia, Pir­mal Singh Khalsa, Jagdev Singh Ka­malu and Jagga His­sowal said in a state­ment.

They said for the first 100 units of elec­tric­ity con­sumed while the do­mes­tic con­sumers in Delhi have to pay ap­prox­i­mately ₹4.50 per unit, the con­sumer in Pun­jab pay ₹6.50 per unit.

“In both cases, be­sides the ba­sic rate per unit (₹3 per unit in Delhi and ₹4.91 per unit in Pun­jab), other charges in­clude fixed charges, elec­tric­ity duty or tax, me­ter charges, sur­charge etc,” they said, at­tach­ing a ₹418 bill for 92 units of a do­mes­tic con­sumer in Delhi.

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