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Power bill arrears: With eye on govt depts, PSPCL gives one-time settlement option

State government departments are the main defaulters owing about 2,245 crore to the power corporation as on March 31
By Vishal Rambani, Patiala
PUBLISHED ON APR 25, 2021 11:30 PM IST

The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has launched one-time settlement (OTS) scheme for defaulters to clear power dues. Under this scheme, consumers will be able to settle the dues as existing on December 31, 2020. The scheme will be open for three months, starting April 15, 2021.

State government departments are the main defaulters owing about 2,245 crore to the power corporation as on March 31.

The water supply and sanitation department owes 933.3 crore, local bodies department has 681.2 crore outstanding amount, rural development and panchayat owes 358.4 crore, irrigation department 99.8 crore, health and family welfare 75.7 crore, home affairs and justice 21.11 crore, industry and commerce 12.74 crore, general administration 11.66 crore.

Punjab government released 10,106 crore against the power subsidy bill to the PSPCL for the financial year 2020-21 and 5,779 crore remains pending at the end of March 31, 2021. The state government has earmarked only 10,621 crore in the current financial year’s budget for power subsidy to various categories against the likely subsidy amount of approximately 17,000 crore. A PSPCL spokesman said the PSPCL has written several times regarding the pending arrears.

In 2019, a similar OTS scheme was launched and power dues totalling 121 crore of general consumers were settled. Water supply and sanitation department at that time owed 490 crore and after waiving 198 crore penalty, the power corporation realised 291 crore. Similarly, the outstanding amount against gram panchayats was settled for 185 crore.

This time, the defaulting amount against Water supply and sanitation is 933 crore against 7,547 connections. The local government has 8,534 connections and an outstanding amount of 681 crore. Panchayats have 5,510 connections and default 358 crore.

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