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Discoms extends out- of- court settlement scheme

chandigarh Updated: Oct 13, 2013 15:48 IST

Haryana Discoms (Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam and Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam) have decided to extend the Out of Court Settlement Scheme up to November 30.

The scheme was launched in December last year to avoid prolonged litigation and to settle long-pending court cases.

The cases can be settled in the Lok Adalat being held regularly at all the district headquarters.

The scheme would be applicable for cases pending in courts, District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, State Commission and Arbitration as on February 28, 2013, a spokesman of the DHBVN said here today.

However, the cases already settled/decided will not be re-opened and the scheme will not be applicable to the cases which have been decided in favour of Nigam.

But the cases disposed off on the jurisdiction ground will be treated as pending cases if the consumer had gone to the civil court, the spokesman said.

He said all such disputes where penalties have been levied can be settled under the scheme provided the consumer pays a reduced amount of 50 per cent of the amount initially assessed, along with interest at the rate of 12 per cent.

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