CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan today announced a slew of concessions in payment of arrears to facilitate electricity reconnection to domestic customers and flourmills.
In a suo motu statement in the State Assembly, the Chief Minister also announced that power distribution companies (discoms) have launched a lucky draw scheme to offer gold and silver coins to farmers for taking temporary connections for irrigation pumps.
At the circle level, a lucky draw will be held every month to select five farmers taking temporary connection for up to one month to reward them with silver coin of 50 gram each, while five others taking connection for more than a month will be selected for gold coin of 10 grams each.
The consumers can take benefit of the scheme up to November 30 this year. He said three power distribution companies had declared ‘Suvidha’ scheme for payment of arrears at one go or in installments to reconnecting power supply to domestic consumers and flour mills in rural areas. Surcharge will be fully exempt if arrears were paid in one installment, he said.
Another option available to the consumers to get 75 per cent exemption from payment of surcharge was to pay arrears in 18 installments by flourmills and in monthly installments by domestic consumers. Those having arrears up to Rs 5,000 will have to pay 10 per cent of arrears in first installment and the remaining at Rs 60 per month. In cases of arrears up to Rs 10,000, 10 per cent arrears will have to be paid in first installment and the remaining at Rs 100 per month.
For those having arrears above Rs 10,000, 10 per cent will have to be paid in first installment and the remaining at Rs 150 per month.Concession in payment of energy cess will be given to those farmers taking temporary connections for agriculture pumps for more than a month. Fifteen per cent concession in energy cess will be given to those taking temporary connection up to two month, 20 per cent for connections up to three months and 25 per cent for more than four months.
Reacting to the Chief Minister’s announcement, Leader of the Opposition Jamuna Devi dubbed it as just a gimmick. Despite increase in tariff thrice, there was no check on interrupted power supply and consumers were getting inflated bills, she alleged.