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Discoms extends out-of-court-settlement scheme

PTI   Chandigarh, October 13, 2013
First Published: 18:35 IST(13/10/2013) | Last Updated: 18:36 IST(13/10/2013)

The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) and Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) have decided to extend the out-of-court-settlement scheme up to November 30.

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The scheme was launched to avoid prolonged litigation and to settle long-pending court cases. The cases can be settled in the lok adalat being held regularly in all district headquarters.

The scheme will be applicable for cases pending in courts, district consumer disputes redressal forum, state commission and arbitration as on February 28, a spokesperson for the DHBVN said here on Sunday.

The cases already settled or decided will not be re-opened and the scheme will not be applicable to the cases which have been decided in favour of the nigam. But the cases disposed of on the jurisdiction ground will be treated as pending if the consumer had gone to the civil court, the spokesperson said, adding that all such disputes where penalties had been levied could be settled under the scheme provided the consumer paid a reduced amount of 50% of the amount initially assessed, along with interest at the rate of 12%.

Disputes on the account of levy of development charges are also covered under the scheme.


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