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Delhi govt orders CAG audit of pvt power companies

PTI  New Delhi, January 01, 2014
First Published: 19:33 IST(1/1/2014) | Last Updated: 19:58 IST(1/1/2014)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday ordered an audit into the finances of three private power distributors, fulfilling yet another election promise of the Aam Aadmi Party.
 
"The comptroller and auditor general has agreed to do the audit," Kejriwal told reporters after a meeting of the Cabinet which took the decision.
 
He said the Lt Governor's order on the audit of the companies will go to the CAG tomorrow, the day audit will begin.
 
The government had given time to the three companies—BSES Yamuna Power Ltd, BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd—till this morning to give their views on why there should not be a CAG audit of their companies.
 
Kejriwal said the companies gave numerous reasons but not one explaining why the audit should not be done. The finances of the companies will be audited from the day the power distribution was privatised.
 
The CM said though there were demands for the audit, the previous government had been "misleading" the people saying the matter was in the court.
 
"What the previous government could not do in four years, we have done in four days," he said.
 
Yesterday, Kejriwal had announced 50 per cent subsidy to those consumers whose monthly consumption does not cross 400 units. On the first day in power, the government announced 20 kilolitres a month (about 667 litres a day) free of cost to metered households.
 
Free water and reduced electricity tariff besides an audit of the discoms were the key poll promises that propelled the year-old party to power in the capital.
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