The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government is working on a proposal, which aims to provide 50 per cent rebate and waive the penalty dues on electricity bills for those people who were part of the ‘Bijli-Paani Andolan’ launched by the party as a campaign against the power discoms in the city in 2012.
“The government is working towards a proposal to provide 50 per cent rebate on electricity bills to those people who were part of the andolan, besides waiving the penalty dues on these electricity bills. This will be done from September 2012, from the time the protest was called, till April 2013,” a source said.
The modalities of the proposal are still being worked out and this might put further burden on the government.
In January this year, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced exemption for people, who had defaulted on electricity bills as part of the andolan, and had added that the amount due from them would be paid by the government. But after facing criticism over how this was a complete violation of the Electricity Act, he withdrew his statement and said that a review needs to be done in earlier cases.
The CM, in his earlier statement, had said, “All those who stopped paying power bills during this period will be forgiven, and electricity theft cases against them will also be exempted because we assume they were part of our movement. People who have been habitually not paying power bills for years will not be included in this category. We will announce the final details of this plan soon.”
“It will be a task to figure out the defaulters from those who were part of the andolan,” an official said.
In the demands made by expelled AAP MLA Vinod Kumar Binny while threatening to pull down the government, he had reminded the government of its promise to waive the “inflated” power bills of 1,05,200 people, who have not paid their bills on the call of Kejriwal during the protests. “The government should waive off their dues first,” Binny had said.
The move comes even as the rest of the city may have to pay heftier electricity bills with the state electricity regulator, the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission, allowing tariffs to be raised by 6 to 8 per cent recently.
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