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From October 1, electricity subsidy only for those who ask for it: Delhi CM Kejriwal

Delhi power subsidy rules: The announcement comes at a time when the country stares at a power crisis brought about by a shortage of coal, prompting Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain to write to the Centre last week raising concerns about the coal stock at the NTPC power plants supplying electricity to Delhi.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: May 6, 2022 1:21:08 am
The announcement comes at a time when the country stares at a power crisis due to shortage of coal. (File)

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Thursday announced that from October 1, a subsidy for electricity will be given only to those who ask for it. The decision was taken by the Delhi cabinet.

“Many people get free electricity for which the Delhi government gives free subsidy. Time and again, I get suggestions and letters from people saying it’s good that you’re giving us free electricity, but since some of us are capable, we don’t want free subsidy and free electricity. You can use this money to set up schools and hospitals,” he said at a press conference.

“So, we have decided that we will give people an option. We will ask them if they want electricity subsidy. If they say yes, we will give it to them. If they say no, we will not give it to them. This process of asking people will start soon, and from October 1, a subsidy will be provided only for those who ask for it,” he added.

Currently, domestic consumers get subsidy in two forms: Those who use up to 200 units a month are given 100% subsidy and those who use 201-400 units are given up to Rs 800 in subsidy. As of now, there are 30,39,766 such consumers under the first category and 16,59,976 such consumers under the second.

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On what consumers would have to do to opt for a subsidy, a senior official in the Power Department said the details are still being worked out. “There’s no clarity as such. We are trying to prepare an SOP. This is going to be implemented from October, so there is still some time. Maybe within a week or so, there will be some clarity. We will be working out a system by which we can obtain the consent of people who want to avail of a subsidy,” the official said.

There are 58,18,231 electricity consumer connections in Delhi. The Delhi government provides subsidies in electricity to five broad categories of consumers: domestic consumers, anti-Sikh riot victims, agricultural consumers, and lawyers whose chambers are within the court complex. The number of subsidised connections totals up to 47,16,075 consumers across the state, the government said.

The announcement comes at a time when the country stares at a power crisis brought about by a shortage of coal, prompting Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain to write to the Centre last week raising concerns about the coal stock at the NTPC power plants supplying electricity to Delhi. He had requested the Centre to ensure coal availability to these plants.

In his response to the letter, the Union Power Minister said the Delhi government was “misleading the public with incorrect information” and that “panic was sought to be created using wrong figures”. In a statement issued on Saturday, the Power Ministry had also said the availability of power to Delhi would be ensured.

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