UDDHAV THACKERAY PLANS MAHARASTRA LOCK DOWN .August 19, 2020
According to proposal to be disscued in the cabinate , all eligible house holds will be laible to pay only for the units consumed in the corresponding month in 2019.
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In a move that will bring relief to one-crore plus consumers in Maharashtra, the Uddhav Thackeray-led coalition government has decided to bear the bulk of “additional” burden in power bills during lockdown months. It will also address complaints of high power bills by people, including prominent industrialists and film celebrities in the state.
The proposal was finalised during a meeting between Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who also heads the Finance department, and Energy Minister Nitin Raut last month, an official told The Indian Express.
12 hours ago – Maharashtra plans power sops for lockdown months, to cost Rs 1,000 cr. According to a proposal to be discussed in the Cabinet, all eligible .
As per estimates, more than 1.14 crore households, which make up for 90 per cent of residential consumers in the state will benefit from the sop. The populist move, however, is likely to cost the state exchequer Rs 1,071 crore. The proposed move will cover consumers with both state and private discoms, officials said.
Of the beneficiaries, 97.44 lakh are enrolled with MahaVitran, the state’s power generating arm, 9.01 lakh with Adani Power, 3.33 lakh with Tata Power, and 4.02 lakh with the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport.
In cases where consumers have already paid the bills, sources said the excess amount will be adjusted in the coming month’s bill.
Officials, however, said the benefits would not be available to commercial and industrial consumers.
With a complete lockdown in place in April and May, provisional bills on the basis of average power consumed during January-March this year were issued. Actual meter readings could be taken only after activities started resuming beginning June 5.
While the government had justified the “excess” bill stating they were based on actual consumption, pressure had mounted with even prominent industrialists and film celebrities alleging they had been billed excessively. Some had even complained that the billed amount was thrice the average bill they paid. It has now bowed to the popular sentiment.
With the middle and lower middle class struggling to cope with the financial crisis due to lockdown, elected representatives, too, had demanded a waiver of some sort in power bills.
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