• Surcharge waiver on power bills to recover Rs4,000cr dues

    The state government and the power discom on Saturday announced a surcharge waiver programme for certain domestic and non-domestic consumers, especially in rural areas, to lure them into paying back dues worth Rs 4,000 crore.
    The two categories for which the waiver has been announced include domestic and the non-domestic consumers using power up to 2kW in rural areas (connected or disconnected), and domestic consumers up to 2kW in the urban areas (disconnected cases only).
    “The total amount of dues for the two categories eligible under the scheme is Rs 4,000cr,” said Arun K Verma, MD, Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited.
    The policy will be applicable from November 20 and will cover bills September 30. The surcharge will be frozen as on that date and the scheme is valid till December 31. Under the policy, the consumer can either pay a lump sum amount or six bi-monthly instalments along with the next six months’ utility bills.
    In case of lump sum payment , an additional rebate of 5% on the principal amount will be given to the consumers. In case of instalments, 40% surcharge will be waived off after one year of payment on six bills, and 30% of the frozen surcharge will be waived off at the end of the second year. The remaining surcharge will be waived off at the end of the third year.
    In case a consumer defaults while repayment in the first year, 100% surcharge will be revived while 60% and 30% surcharges will be revived if the consumer defaults in the second and the third year, respectively. Connection will be restored after the first payment. Riley Reiff Authentic Jersey

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