50 per cent waiver: AAP government’s reward for not paying power bills

Those who did not pay their power bills between October 2012 and April 2013 will have to pay only half the amount.

New Delhi | Updated: February 12, 2014 10:02 pm
AAP founder Arvind Kejriwal had promised to slash the power tariff by 50 per cent after being voted to power. AAP founder Arvind Kejriwal had promised to slash the power tariff by 50 per cent after being voted to power.

Rewarding those who had supported the Aam Aadmi Party’s ‘bijli-paani andolan’ and refused to pay their electricity bills, the AAP government on Wednesday announced a 50 per cent subsidy on their pending bills and waiver of penalty.

“The cabinet has given approval to the power department’s proposal to give a 50 per cent subsidy to those who did not pay their bills from October 2012 to May 2013 (the duration of the agitation) and continued not paying till December. Moreover, any penalty on bills would also be waived off,” said Education and Urban Development Minister Manish Sisodia.

Justifying the decision, Sisodia said, “Those people who went against the heavy bills should get the advantage.”

Although around 10 lakh people had signed the AAP’s petition against power distribution companies during the agitation, only 24,000-odd consumers actually stopped paying their bills. The decision is expected to cost the Delhi government around Rs 6 crore.

According to the government, a total of 2,508 electricity meters were disconnected for non-payment of bills during this period. “The government has decided to provide relief to those people also so that they do not suffer for the wrong decisions of the previous government,” said a statement.

Last month, Chief Minister Arvind Kejirwal had announced exemption for those who had defaulted on their electricity bills, saying the Delhi government would pay the amount due from them. But he withdrew his statement after facing criticism, saying a review was needed.

Keeping a pre-poll promise, the AAP government had earlier approved a 50 per cent subsidy on electricity consumption of up to 400 units in Delhi — a decision which is estimated to cost the government over Rs 250 crore.

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    Rajan Singh
    Feb 13, 2014 at 4:56 pm
    lagta hai you only pay tax you want tax to be spend on looters ministers officers lavishing bunglows ,parties tea choppals z category security and corruption not for poor people relief your as human you seem to be pet of corrupted bongressi , saapa baasaapa ...
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      Rajan Singh
      Feb 13, 2014 at 4:56 pm
      lagta hai you only pay tax you want tax to be spend on looters ministers officers lavishing bunglows ,parties tea choppals z category security and corruption not for poor people relief your as human you seem to be pet of corrupted bongressi , saapa baasaapa ...
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        Rajan Singh
        Feb 13, 2014 at 4:56 pm
        lagta hai you only pay tax you want tax to be spend on looters ministers officers lavishing bunglows ,parties tea choppals z category security and corruption not for poor people relief your as human you seem to be pet of corrupted bongressi saapa , baasaapa......
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          Rajan Singh
          Feb 13, 2014 at 4:56 pm
          lagta hai you only pay tax you want tax to be spend on looters ministers officers lavishing bunglows ,parties tea choppals z category security and corruption not for poor people relief your as human you seem to be pet of corrupted bongressi saapa , baasaapa......
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            Samanya Aadmi
            Feb 12, 2014 at 1:00 pm
            No, why should I pay. In AAP Raj now we want 24x7 free electricity and water. No compromise on our demands.
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              Alani Adana
              Feb 12, 2014 at 11:56 pm
              It should invite legal case.what about the people who paid ,discrimination?will he pay back?now kejrivaal and coterie can join a circus.Immediate appointment.no questions asked.
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                Alani Adana
                Feb 12, 2014 at 11:56 pm
                It should invite legal case.what about the people who paid ,discrimination?will he pay back?now kejrivaal and coterie can join a circus.Immediate appointment.no questions asked.
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                  Anup Mukherjee
                  Feb 12, 2014 at 2:49 pm
                  How strange! Defaulter being given concession. It appears that this Government is not targetting Governance.
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                    Arvind
                    Feb 12, 2014 at 3:38 pm
                    Is it legally correct? Same thing was done by CPI (M) in West Bengal. There the medical facilities were available only to CPI (M) card holder. So non card holders had to go to other states for their medical treatment! Middle cl people, please wake up and don't spend your energy for AAP movement! You will sacrifice and the benefits will go to non tax payers and non bill payers! NEVER SUPPORT AND VOTE AAP!
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                      Lakshmi Chatti
                      Feb 12, 2014 at 11:37 am
                      Oh!NO,This is the most deplorable decision.Is it not corruption?-giving cash rewards for support!
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                        Lakshmi Chatti
                        Feb 12, 2014 at 11:37 am
                        Oh!NO,This is the most deplorable decision.Is it not corruption?-giving cash rewards for support!
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                          Dipankar Sharma
                          Feb 12, 2014 at 10:19 am
                          Here comes another U-Turn from Arvind Kejriwal... Can Kejriwal tell me 1 promise that he has fulfilled which doesnt have Terms & Condition Apply status...1) Power Price 50% Less upto 400 Units only BUT if exceeds 400 units pay for full unit consumed...2) Water 20 Kilo Ltr free every month BUT if u consume even 1 Liter above 20 Kio Ltr then pay for complete amount 10% extra as panelty....3) Launched an anti-corruption helpline BUT that teaches only how to do sting operation doesnt take your complain, 1st People should become James Bond, collect evidence & then Kejriwal Govt will act...Kejriwal Govt is nothing but Marketing Management company but atleast True Marketers are honest enough to put a star sign (*) which says TERMS & CONDITIONS APPLY...Vote For India...
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                            Dipankar Sharma
                            Feb 12, 2014 at 10:19 am
                            Here comes another U-Turn from Arvind Kejriwal... Can Kejriwal tell me 1 promise that he has fulfilled which doesnt have Terms & Condition Apply status...1) Power Price 50% Less upto 400 Units only BUT if exceeds 400 units pay for full unit consumed...2) Water 20 Kilo Ltr free every month BUT if u consume even 1 Liter above 20 Kio Ltr then pay for complete amount 10% extra as panelty....3) Launched an anti-corruption helpline BUT that teaches only how to do sting operation doesnt take your complain, 1st People should become James Bond, collect evidence & then Kejriwal Govt will act...Kejriwal Govt is nothing but Marketing Management company but atleast True Marketers are honest enough to put a star sign (*) which says TERMS & CONDITIONS APPLY...Vote For India...
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                              Mera Mera
                              Feb 13, 2014 at 7:36 am
                              6 crores are peanuts in comparison to favor done by NaMo to Adani (20000 crores) and Thousand of crores by Congress to Reliance.We should be grateful to these defaulters who partited in revolution against crony capitalism and high inflated price of basic necessities created by our corrupt corporate and politicians.Jai HInd....
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                                Mera Mera
                                Feb 13, 2014 at 7:36 am
                                6 crores are peanuts in comparison to favor done by NaMo to Adani (20000 crores) and Thousand of crores by Congress to Reliance.We should be grateful to these defaulters who partited in revolution against crony capitalism and high inflated price of basic necessities created by our corrupt corporate and politicians.Jai HInd....
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                                  anti mufler
                                  Feb 12, 2014 at 11:48 am
                                  muft ka Chandan ghis mere nandan ............ this muffler baba govt has to fall
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                                    anti mufler
                                    Feb 12, 2014 at 11:48 am
                                    muft ka Chandan ghis mere nandan ............ this muffler baba govt has to fall
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                                      anti mufler
                                      Feb 12, 2014 at 11:49 am
                                      worst then Marxist , Communist ......
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                                        Ratan Kan
                                        Feb 12, 2014 at 12:50 pm
                                        honesty is punishable... new rule defined by the "most honest" party in the world
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                                          Mahi Kumari
                                          Feb 12, 2014 at 12:14 pm
                                          AK's dirty politics, Considering the mohalla sabhas can only be consuted once the Swaraj Bill is ped, all the planned and under-construction projects have therefore come to a halt.
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                                            Mahi Kumari
                                            Feb 12, 2014 at 12:14 pm
                                            Arvind Kejriwal's AAP writes a new meaning of truth. It's describe as those who defaulted on electricity bills get a 50% cut in the arrears and also the fine would be waived off. AAP just creating the agendas for upcoming elections.
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