Kejriwal: 14 lakh got zero power bill in September
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.