With an eye on ensuing assembly elections in Haryana, chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda announced to waive off rural water consumers’ bills worth over Rs 100 crore.
According to an official release, the chief minister approved to waive off water charges and arrears for all consumers including scheduled castes and general category except for institutional and commercial users of rural areas.
Also, henceforth no charges would be taken from the above said categories of water consumers.
There were said to be 26 lakh consumers in rural areas including about 9 lakh scheduled caste consumers, who had been given free connections.
According to official information, the arrears had been piling up for the past several years. A rural consumer (sanctioned connection) has to pay Rs 20 per month, though there were a large number of unauthorised connections.