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No 200 free power units for I-T payers Removes 3,000 Units Upper Limit For SC, BC And BPL Families

February 01, 2019 05:07 AM


No 200 free power units for I-T payers
Removes 3,000 Units Upper Limit For SC, BC And BPL Families


In the runup to the Lok Sabha polls, the Punjab government on Thursday removed the upper annual limit of 3,000 free electricity units for scheduled caste, backward class and below poverty line consumers and divested income-tax payers of all categories of the 200 units per month of free electricity facility.

Power department officials say removal of the 3,000 units of free electricity annual upper limit would bring back over 1.17 lakh domestic consumers of three categories within the tariff ambit.

The decision will put an additional burden of Rs 163 crore on the cash-strapped Punjab government and push the total subsidy cost to the state exchequer to around Rs 1,253 crore per annum.

The state government has been defaulting on making payment of power subsidy to the Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (PSPCL) and the accumulated outstanding power subsidy bill stands at around Rs 5,000 crore.

Now, all SC, BC and BPL power consumers will have to pay only for power usage over and above 200 units a month. The billing would be done on a bi-monthly basis.

“The move will benefit a total of over 17.76 lakh families comprising SC domestic, non-SC BPL domestic and backward class domestic consumers with sanctioned load up to1kilowatt,” said government officials.


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