Rs 625 cr electricity bill waived off: Guj govt

AHMEDABAD: A day after the Congress led Madhya Pradesh and government announced for the farmers, the government on Tuesday announced a complete waiver of Rs 625 crore of the unpaid electricity bills of farmers and the residential units.

The one-time settlement scheme under which the defaulters will have to give Rs 500 only and they will get a new electricity connection. There are over 6.2 lakh defaulters who have to pay Rs 625 crore.

Talking to reporters in , Saurabh Patel, Energy Ministers said the state government scheme would also benefit those who had been booked for electricity theft and subsequently lost their power connection. Under the scheme, irrespective of the due amount, including principal and interest, people living in rural areas can get back their electricity connection by paying just Rs 500, he said.

“We had snapped electricity connections of over 6.20 lakh people from rural areas for not paying the energy bills in time. The amount of unpaid bills stands at Rs 625 crore. Now, our government has decided to waive this entire bill amount,” he said.

“Under our one-time settlement scheme, consumers, can get back their power connection, be it agriculture, household or commercial, by paying just Rs 500. They will not be required to pay the outstanding dues, as the government has decided to waive it completely,” he added. He said that this scheme will help farmers, the poor and middle-class citizens living in rural parts.

A senior officer said these defaulters had taken illegal connections and hence by waiving off these unpaid dues, the Government will start getting electricity bills from these defaulters. The officer said those who were either booked for electricity theft in the past or lost their connection for any other reason, can also take benefit of this scheme, which will be effective till February-end.

The announcement comes ahead of the December 20 by-election for Jasdan assembly seat in .
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