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Delhi: AAP govt gone, no power subsidy after March

HT Correspondent  New Delhi, February 22, 2014
First Published: 09:30 IST(22/2/2014) | Last Updated: 10:32 IST(22/2/2014)

After March, you may not get the power subsidy that the AAP government had announced. The vote-on-account for 2014-15, which was passed by Parliament on Friday, has not made any provisions for such a subsidy for the next few months.

The AAP government had provided 50 per cent subsidy to those consuming 400 units of power per month. The subsidy, entailing an expenditure of Rs. 670 crore, will lapse on March 31.

After the subsidy, people had been paying Rs. 1.95 per unit for 200 units, and Rs. 2.90 for consuming power between 200 and 400 units. They will now pay Rs. 3.90 and Rs. 5.80 per unit, respectively.

Those consuming 200 units will have to pay approximately Rs. 780 while those using 400 units will have to pay 2,320. They are currently paying Rs. 390 and Rs. 1,160 respectively.

Officials said the vote-on-account has kept provisions for the MLA local area development fund, which the AAP government had sought to abolish through the Swaraj Bill. Mohalla sabhas were to take its place and receive funds from the government for carrying out various works in their areas as per the needs of the people.

However, as the Swaraj Bill was not tabled in the assembly, the vote-on-account has set aside Rs. 140 crore for the local area fund.

Days after being placed under President’s rule, Delhi was on Friday given Rs. 18,033 crore for six months in a vote-on-account budget. Parliament, which passed the Budget for 2014-15 fiscal, also gave nod for the third batch of supplementary demand for the grant of Rs. 363.05 crore for rest of the ongoing 2013-14 fiscal.

It includes Rs. 17,000 crore for plan expenditure and Rs. 19,066 crore for non-plan expenditure. The demands for grants may be revised at the time of presentation of the regular budget when the new government is formed, senior officials said.

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