Breaking: 50% power subsidy in Delhi, a big reward for those who defaulted on electricity bills

By on February 12, 2014

The ruling Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi has announced a mega-reward for defaulters on power bills. Those who did not pay for electricity between October 2012 and April 13 will owe only half of what they were billed. The government will supply the six crores to cover that massive discount.

The announcement was made today by senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia, who said that Delhi residents who supported the party’s campaign against allegedly inflated power prices, would be given 50% subsidy and would be charged no penalty.


Senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia made this announcement on Wednesday.

The Aam Aadmi Party had promised to reduce power tariff in Delhi if voted to power.

The AAP government is engaged in a fierce battle with the discoms. On Tuesday, the Delhi govt ordered FIR against Mukesh Ambani, Veerappa Moily for conspiring to raise the price of gas.

Mr Sisodia, said that households who did pay their bills during this period will not be refunded.

Around 10 lakh people signed the AAP’s petition against power distribution companies, but only 24,000 refused to pay their bills.

AAP, headed by Arvind Kejriwal who is now Chief Minister, promised to combat corruption and make power and water cheaper in its campaign for the Delhi election. The party made a dream debut in that poll, the first it ever contested.

Mr Kejriwal had promised to halve electricity rates after coming to power.

He has targeted two power-distribution companies, both backed by Anil Ambani’s Reliance Infra Group, demanding that their licenses be cancelled. The firms have said a cash crunch has left them unable to purchase power from state-run electricity producers; they had warned of long blackouts.

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court said both firms must continue to receive electricity from government-owned firms till March 26.

The power regulator for the region, Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission or DERC, has also said that the licenses of the firms cannot be revoked without its permission.

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