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Electricity Bills to be reduced by half
An Aam Aadmi Party government will keep its promise of reducing electricity bills by half. A more efficient, transparent and accountable system to regulate and audit the power generation and distribution companies is the need of the hour and AAP will do everything within its command to achieve that. Discoms should purchase power from economical sources and wriggle out of expensive and unsustainable Power Purchase Agreements. AAP will take measures to provide relief from rising power bills, namely generating cheaper electricity, improving transmission efficiency, fixing billing defects and correcting meter defects.
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Fulfiling two major poll promises, the AAP government today announced a 50 per cent subsidy on monthly power consumption of up to 400 units and 20,000 litres of free water per month to all households that would cost the exchequer around Rs 1,670 crore annually. The free water scheme and power subsidy will come into effect from March 1. The decision on both the schemes was taken at a Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. "We delivered on our promises on slashing power tariff by half and giving free water. We will also fulfil other promises," Kejriwal said. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, addressing a press conference, said all the consumers whose monthly power consumption do not exceed 400 units will get 50 per cent subsidy in tariff and the scheme will benefit around 36 lakh or 90 per cent of the consumers. Additionally, The Government of Delhi, in a historic decision, has directed the Delhi Electric Regulatory Commission (DERC) to implement daily penalty on power outages. The directions have been issued looking at the complaints of power outages. The Government issued the following policy directions to DERC under the provisions of Section 108 of the Electricity Act 2003. DERC shall put the schedule of power cuts in different parts of Delhi in advance for next 15 days on its website and shall update it daily. In case of an unscheduled power cut (whose details does not exists on website) except in force majeure conditions, the supply shall be restored within one hour, if it is affecting large area say more than 50 connections. Failure to do so, shall result in a penalty of Rs. 50/- per hour per consumer for first 2 hours followed by Rs.100/- per hour per consumer after 2 hours for each hour of default beyond the specified one hour and shall be payable separately to each of the consumers affected by the disruption in supply. In case of disruption of power of an individual consumer the supply shall be restored within 3 hours of complaint. Failure to do so shall result in a penalty of Rs.100/- per hour. All payments of compensation shall be made suo-moto by the DISCOMS by way of adjustment against current and/or future bills for supply of electricity but not later than 90 days. DERC shall keep a record of all unscheduled power cuts in Delhi and the extent of consumers affected by each power cut on the basis of complaints received from public or the government or on its own. If the compensation is not paid suo-moto by the DISCOMS and if any affected consumer approaches the DERC/CGRF etc. for claiming the compensation, the amount of compensation in such cases shall be Rs.5,000/- or five times the compensation payable on suo-moto basis, whichever is higher. If any consumer approaches DERC after 90 days with a complaint that he has not received his compensation, DERC shall order & ensure payment to all consumers affected by that power cut. Chief Minister Sh. Arvind Kejriwal and Power Minister, Sh. Satyendra Jain directed Power Deptt. to take steps to penalise DISCOMs for inefficiencies on their part resulting in unscheduled outages in some areas. Therefore, in public interest, the Government of NCT of Delhi issued policy direction to DERC under Sections 108 of the Electricity Act, 2013 for compensation to be paid to the consumer by the DISCOMs for such prolonged unscheduled power-cuts/outages. Accordingly, in pursuance of the direction issued by Power Department, GNCTD, the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission has on 30.05.2016 amended the DERC Supply Code and Performance Standards Regulations. Secretary, Power, Shri Sukesh Kumar Jain informed that the aim is to make DISCOMs more accountable to the consumers by way of compensation to consumers by DISCOMs on unscheduled power cuts. However, the BJP led Central Government through the Lieutenant Governor has used the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) as a poltical playground and to further its political vendetta, Lt Governor Najeeb Jung scrapped the appointment of Krishna Saini as chairperson of Delhi's power regulator DERC by AAP government on grounds of legal infirmities, further escalating the already intense confrontation between the two sides.

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Fulfiling two major poll promises, the AAP government today announced a 50 per cent subsidy on monthly power consumption of up to 400 units and 20,000 litres of free water per month to all households that would cost the exchequer around Rs 1,670 crore annually. The free water scheme and power subsidy will come into effect from March 1. The decision on both the schemes was taken at a Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. "We delivered on our promises on slashing power tariff by half and giving free water. We will also fulfil other promises," Kejriwal said. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, addressing a press conference, said all the consumers whose monthly power consumption do not exceed 400 units will get 50 per cent subsidy in tariff and the scheme will benefit around 36 lakh or 90 per cent of the consumers.

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Fulfiling two major poll promises, the AAP government today announced a 50 per cent subsidy on monthly power consumption of up to 400 units and 20,000 litres of free water per month to all households that would cost the exchequer around Rs 1,670 crore annually. The free water scheme and power subsidy will come into effect from March 1. The decision on both the schemes was taken at a Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. "We delivered on our promises on slashing power tariff by half and giving free water. We will also fulfil other promises," Kejriwal said. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, addressing a press conference, said all the consumers whose monthly power consumption do not exceed 400 units will get 50 per cent subsidy in tariff and the scheme will benefit around 36 lakh or 90 per cent of the consumers.

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