Follow Us:
Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Delhi: Power subsidy bill crosses Rs 2,200-cr mark

The Delhi Assembly Monday passed the “cash supplementary grant” to meet expenditure towards the power department’s subsidies to consumers, through private distribution companies BSES and Tata Power.

Written by Sourav Roy Barman | New Delhi | Published: August 28, 2019 1:39:51 am
delhi power subsidy, arvind kejriwal power subsidy scheme, arvind kejriwal free electricity, delhi power consumption, delhi news The total expenditure on power subsidy would now be Rs 2,255 crore for 2019-20.

The free electricity scheme for those consuming up to 200 units in Delhi has pushed up the Delhi government’s power subsidy bill by Rs 535 crore, taking it past the Rs 2,200-crore mark.

The Delhi Assembly Monday passed the “cash supplementary grant” to meet expenditure towards the power department’s subsidies to consumers, through private distribution companies BSES and Tata Power. The amount was sanctioned after the department analysed data provided by discoms on consumption patterns over the last two years.

Announcing the scheme on August 1, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said the subsidy bill is not likely to register a substantial increase. Before the bill exemption scheme for the 0-200 unit slab was announced, those consuming 0-200 units were charged Rs 1/unit instead of Rs 3; while consumers falling under the 201-400 category were paying Rs 2.5 instead of Rs 4.5.

Accordingly, the government had set aside Rs 1,720 crore for the scheme. Later, the power department had sought an additional Rs 130 crore as supplementary grant. Now, instead of Rs 130 crore, the government has sanctioned an additional Rs 535 crore to fund the expanded subsidy scheme to cover the months between August 2019 to March 2020.

The total expenditure on power subsidy would now be Rs 2,255 crore for 2019-20. “The total subsidy bill is expected to rise in the next financial year as the exemption scheme was not applicable in April-July this year,” a senior official said.

📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines

For all the latest Delhi News, download Indian Express App.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement