Punjab's AAP govt fulfils promise - 300 units of free power per home from July 1

AAP, Bhagwant Mann: Punjab also provides free electricity to the agricultural sector, as well as SC, BC and BPL households.
Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann with Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)
Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann with Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Apr 16, 2022 01:48 PM IST
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Punjab's AAP government has said it will provide 300 units of free electricity for every household in the state from July 1. The announcement was made in a video message from chief minister Bhagwant Mann and is one of a number of pre-poll promises made by the Aam Aadmi Party before it stormed to power in February's assembly election.  Mann also said that backward caste and below poverty line (BPL) households, as well as those of freedom fighters, would get the same 300 free units. Earlier they used to get 200 units of free electricity.

“From 1st July 2022, every household in Punjab will have 300 units of free electricity every month - 600 units for 2 months. BC, BPL, freedom fighters households used to get 200 units of free electricity earlier, they too will now get 300 units free," Mann was quoted by news agency ANI.

"Households that consume more than 600 units of electricity in two months, for instance - 640 units or 645 units - will need to pay only for the extra 40 or 45 units that they have consumed…" Mann clarified.

The chief minister further said: "Aam Aadmi Party government in one month has created records in Puniab. It has done so much for the people of state that no other party's government had done in the past."

"Arvind Kejriwal and I remember all promises made to the people of Punjab ahead of the state polls and we will fulfill all the promises," he said.

The Punjab chief minister had said on Tuesday he would soon give 'good news' to the people of the state; "Had a wonderful meeting with our leader and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. Very soon, will give good news," he tweeted.

Party sources said Mann met Kejriwal on Tuesday to work out the details.

The AAP had promised free electricity in the run-up (a promise made in Delhi, and also before the Uttarakhand and Goa polls) but Kejriwal had not clarified if the free units were per month since Punjab has a two-month billing cycle.

While campaigning for his party Kejriwal had attacked the then Congress government over lengthy power cuts and inflated bills, arguing that since the state had excess electricity, supplying it to the people shouldn't be a problem.

Punjab currently also provides free electricity to the agricultural sector.

In Delhi the AAP provides 200 units of free electricity to all households.

Mann and a team of his officials are also expected to visit Delhi schools Monday to see their 'remarkable improvement' under the Aam Aadmi Party government.

"On April 18 Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann will visit our government schools along with his officials. They are coming to see how such improvements are achieved as they have to do the same in Punjab." Kejriwal said.

Improved education and health services were also among the promises made by the AAP during campaigning in Punjab.

Last month, in its first decision since being sworn in, the Punjab cabinet said it would provide a total of 25,000 government jobs. 

READ: 25,000 government jobs - Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann's first decision

He has also announced an anti-corruption helpline that he said was his personal WhatsApp number.

READ: Punjab CM launches anti-corruption helpline, says it's his WhatsApp number 

The AAP romped to a massive win in the February assembly election, winning 92 of the state's 117 seats. The Congress - beset by internal strife and a leadership crisis - won just 18.

With input from ANI, PTI

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