By Ashutosh Mishra
New Delhi, Aug. 16 (ANI): The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Government, which had earlier given a subsidy of 50 percent in electricity tariff, has come up with a resolution aimed at bringing relief to the people facing disputes with the power companies (discoms).
Under this scheme, all criminal and civil proceedings related to electricity disputes will be withdrawn.
Following the complains regarding alleged inflated bills, defected meters and penalties imposed and theft cases, the government has planned a massive drive to ensure that the power companies provide early resolution to such grievances.
The Delhi Government would launch a one-time settlement scheme to provide relief to the consumers of the national capital. The scheme would lead to minimizing power theft and reduce the aggregate technical and commercial losses in Delhi and allow them to settle their cases amicably outside the court.
As per the scheme, the consumers residing in JJ clusters who could not pay their dues in the past will be charged Rs. 250 per month only for the period for which they have not paid the dues. The late payment surcharged would also be fully waived off. The dues can be settled in the period of six months, as per the government.
However, the domestic consumers with load up to 11KW who are booked for direct theft of electricity ,will be waived off their two-third of outstanding amount and 100 percent late payment surcharge will also be waived off when they come to settle their dues.
In the case of meter tampering, the small and medium domestic commercial consumers booked for offence of meter tampering will be allowed wavier of 100 percent in the late payment surcharge and two-third of their outstanding dues during their final settlement with the power companies.
The bill of the consumers, who have been booked for misuse and unauthorized use of electricity, will be waived off by 50 percent as per the scheme.
The government, which is to expected to make a formal announcement in this regard next week, has asked the discoms to implement the scheme by organizing special camps.