Kejriwal: 14 lakh got zero power bill in September

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: Chief min­is­ter Arvind Kejriwal on Thurs­day claimed that 14 lakh house­holds in the city that con­sumed less than 200 units of elec­tric­ity had re­ceived zero bill in September. In Au­gust, AAP gov­ern­ment had an­nounced free elec­tric­ity of up to 200 units for do­mes­tic con­sumers and later ex­tended the scheme to ten­ants re­sid­ing in the cap­i­tal.

“The free elec­tric­ity scheme of Delhi is go­ing to be an ex­am­ple of smart gov­er­nance. Every family is now try­ing to con­sume less than 200 units af­ter 14 lakh fam­i­lies re­ceived zero amount bills. Peo­ple are also get­ting ben­e­fits of free elec­tric­ity and they will now start sav­ing power,” Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi. There are around 52 lakh do­mes­tic con­sumers in the cap­i­tal.

Un­der the scheme, peo­ple con­sum­ing elec­tric­ity be­tween 201 units and 400 units are eli­gi­ble to avail of 50% sub­sidy from the gov­ern­ment on their bills. The Delhi gov­ern­ment dis­trib­utes elec­tric­ity in the cap­i­tal through three pri­vate com­pa­nies — BSES Ra­jd­hani Power Lim­ited, BSES Ya­muna Power Lim­ited and Tata Power Delhi Dis­tri­bu­tion Lim­ited.

An AAP leader said a BPL family hav­ing to pay the same power charges as an af­flu­ent one was con­tra­dic­tory to the val­ues of equal­ity. “Delhi is now get­ting 24 hours elec­tric­ity and at the cheap­est rates in the coun­try,” he said. The gov­ern­ment ex­pects the num­ber of to­tal zero bill con­sumers to sig­nif­i­cantly grow in the com­ing months be­cause peo­ple tend to con­sume far less power in win­ter com­pared with the sum­mer months. A gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial claimed that nearly 50% of the to­tal do­mes­tic con­sumers might get zero bills in the com­ing months.

Last month, Kejriwal had an­nounced the Mukhya­mantri Ki­rayedar Bi­jli Me­ter Yo­jna un­der which ten­ants can also avail of the free elec­tric­ity scheme. While launch­ing the scheme, the CM had said :“Twen­ty­four-hour, cheap elec­tric­ity is a right of every Del­hi­ite. The ten­ants were not able to get a sep­a­rate power me­ter so far be­cause they were re­quired to take an NOC from the house owner to get an in­de­pen­dent con­nec­tion. We have re­moved this re­quire­ment and the ten­ants will now get a ki­rayedar me­ter with just two doc­u­ments — rent agree­ment or rent re­ceipt and any identity card," said the chief min­is­ter.

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