Govt comes up with scheme for power bill defaulters

In a move to ensure uninterrupted power supply to rural domestic consumers,the Haryana government has offered a one-time settlement scheme to defaulters.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: April 9, 2014 5:30 pm

In a move to ensure uninterrupted power supply to rural domestic consumers,the Haryana government has offered a one-time settlement scheme to defaulters. The villages which get pillar box system installed on their feeder will be able to avail the scheme.

“The consumers have been given a very attractive offer to get their defaulting bill settled and get power in villages on a feeder for 20 to 24 hours a day,depending on the extent of participation. All defaulters may pay the bill only for 40 units per KW load per month for the entire default period in one go without any surcharge,” Power Minister Capt Ajay Singh Yadav said.

Such a consumer will also have to submit an undertaking that he will pay subsequent five bi-monthly bills regularly. Twenty per cent of defaulting amount shall be written off from the bill or consumer’s account each time the current bill is paid.

However,if the current bill for one billing cycle is not paid,the consumer can also pay two current bills cumulatively in one go.

The scheme will be applicable to both connected and disconnected rural domestic consumers,who were defaulters — 10,41,804 as on December 31,2012.

“To provide further incentives to regular bill payers,all rural domestic consumers,who have paid their bills regularly for the last one year,will get rebate at a rate of 10 per cent on the amount of six bimonthly bills at the end of the year,” Yadav said.

Rural domestic consumers are yet to pay arrears worth Rs 2,844 crore — mainly on account of surcharge levied for non-payment of bills.

In case all defaulters avail the scheme,they will have to pay only around Rs 700 crore and the rest of the arrears will be waived off.

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