The “shadow committee” of the Congress, tasked with following important departments and ministries of the Delhi government, has come out with its first report on a key point of the AAP agenda— Delhi’s power supply.
The report provides details of reductions in grants for the power sector in the AAP government’s vote-on-account and contrasts them with outlays in previous budgets. It claims the Rs 200 crore grant in aid to Delhi Transco Ltd for transmission works has now been reduced to nil.
Aman Panwar, who shadows the Power department, said, “The government has drastically reduced expenditure on power, one of their key election promises. The effect of this will be that they will now have to rely more on private players.”
The report also states that four days after coming to power on February 14, the Kejriwal government announced that it wants to have its own coal block and has requested the Centre for the same. However, during the vote-on-account, AAP substantially reduced the funds for the said project, the report claims.
“The idea of Delhi’s own coal mine was hard-sold to the media but has received a grant of merely Rs 1 lakh from the chief minister. Rs 10 crore was allocated for the project in the previous budget. There is no accountability for this massive cut,” Panwar said.
In the case of solar power, the report claims to show that the Kejriwal government has given no funds for the Delhi Renewable Energy and Power Company in the budget estimate of 2015-16. The corresponding grant for the previous year was Rs 5 crore.
Media advisor to the government said, “We do not comment on what other parties have to say.”