Saturday, 04 December 2021

Power Rates cut by ₹ 3 for Consumers in Punjab

Power Rates cut by ₹ 3 for Consumers in Punjab

Three rupees per unit have slashed power rates for domestic consumers in Punjab, Charanjit Singh Channi, Chief Minister of Punjab, announced today. The new tariff will be applicable from today, 1st November. Taking a dig at Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party chief poll promise of free electricity, Mr. Charanjit Singh Channi said that his government's survey suggested people wanted low cost and not free electricity.

AAP has called the move a pre-election "act" by the Congress party and appealed to the state's people to be wary of Charanjit Singh Channi's "untrue promises." They also pointed out that Congress is in power in many other states but hasn't slashed prices because it's just not in the vision, and they are doing this now just a few months before elections because they are scared by AAP's fast growth in the state.

Raghav Chadha, co-in-charge of AAP in Punjab, said

"Mr Charanjit Singh Channi knows very well that Congress's internal survey also indicates that AAP is quickly expanding in Punjab and the people want Arvind Kejriwal government in the state next year. Mr Charanjit Singh Channi is doing this show after seeing how 3 million families in Punjab join with us over Arvind Kejriwal's free electricity assurance,"

The Chief Minister claimed this move will benefit 95 percent of a citizen in Punjab in a press conference today. Several other announcements were also made today, presumably keeping the state assembly elections in mind. Punjab goes to polls early next year, and all parties have been campaigning aggressively in the state.

He said.

Mr. Channi further announced an 11 percent hike in Dearness Allowance (DA) for state government employees. ₹ 440 crores will be allotted for this,

Mr. Channi said.

"Inflated power bills are a major issue for Punjabis, it leads to utter chaos and poverty, which leads to suicide. We are going to resolve this and have decided in today's cabinet regarding this,"

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Good uninterrupted power supply at affordable rates to customers, the Chief Minister announced that the state government would terminate the Power Purchase Agreement with GVK Goindwal Sahib.

A press note from the government said.

"This costly power will be replaced with the low-cost power from solar and other sources,"

Rs 3,316 crore will be spent per year on power subsidies, Mr. Channi said. "Punjab already bears ₹ 10,628 crores on power subsidy and now total subsidy is 14,000 crores, which is seven times than what Delhi spends on the same. Delhi spends ₹ 2,200 crores," he added.

The new rats will significantly lower the burden on consumers. Till yesterday, the rate was 4.19 rupees per unit till 100 units; with the changes announced today, it will be just 1.19 rupees per unit.

For 100 to 300 units, consumers were charging 7.01 rupees per unit. Now they'll be charged 4.01 rupees per unit for the same.

For more than 300 units, charges are 8.76 rupees per unit which will now be 5.76 rupees per unit.

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