Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Prepare to pay your full-unsubsidized-electricity bill from April. Subsidy for consumption up to 400 units, announced by the Sheila Dikshit government and later increased by the Arvind Kejriwal government, will cease in the new financial year as there is no provision for it in the interim budget for 2014-15 approved by Parliament on Friday.

On December 31, 2013, Kejriwal had slashed electricity rates by 50% for consumption up to 400 units. The Congress government had also been subsidizing the first two slabs of 0-200 units and 201-400 units. The Delhi cabinet had approved the subsidy for the January-March quarter and it was to be reviewed as the government had ordered a CAG audit of power companies. 

The state government had also prepared an estimate of Rs 669 crore for power subsidy in the April-September period but, sources said, this did not figure in the 'vote on account' approved by Parliament. "If the subsidy estimate is not in the budget, it cannot be given. This is a call that will have to be taken by the next elected government," said a source. Courtesy: TNN


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