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Kejriwal launches amnesty scheme for power consumers

Kejriwal said the scheme would benefit about 2.5 lakh people who mostly live in slums and unauthorised colonies -- the vote bank of the Aam Aadmi Party

 

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday launched a one-time amnesty scheme for lakhs of electricity consumers in the city who had not cleared their dues because of various reasons ranging from inflated bills to power theft.
 
Kejriwal said the scheme would benefit about 2.5 lakh people who mostly live in slums and unauthorised colonies -- the vote bank of the Aam Aadmi Party.
 
"I feel no scheme can be better than this. No matter how old the dispute is, those living in jhuggis (slums) can pay Rs.250 to settle it," Kejriwal said while launching the scheme in east Delhi's Vinod Nagar locality.
 
While slum dwellers will have to pay Rs.250 for each month they did not pay the bills, there will be no action against those who admit to tampering with their electricity meters.
 
The late-payment surcharge has also been waived.
 
He said Rs.250 was a negligible amount and the AAP government had already halved the power rates.
 
The chief minister urged power discoms to ensure that their staff do not issue inflated bills to the people.
 
"The power companies should ensure that there are no trumped-up cases of power theft," he added.
 
Kejriwal said more and more people should avail the benefit of the scheme and spread the word.
 
The AAP government has repeatedly accused Delhi's three power distribution companies of overcharging the consumers -- a charge these firms have vehemently denied.

 

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Meenal Mamdani

1 year ago

This a worthwhile scheme that will bring in consumers into the legal sector.
AAP has also exposed the underhand way in which electric distributors have been over charging the consumers. That too needs to be cleaned up.
AAP has to make sure that its criteria are clear so that the same customers who have been given amnesty do not turn up a few years down the line in the non-paying category again. This will require strict enforcement of rules. Hard if the people are your vote bank. Let us see if AAP is able to walk the talk.

Airtel, Idea hike post-paid data tariff

Idea Cellular has done the same in Delhi, Punjab and UP West

 

Telecom operators Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular have hiked charges for post-paid customers by 20% in various circles, including the national capital.
 
As per information posted on the companies' websites, Airtel has raised data tariffs in Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, UP East and UP West circles.
 
Idea Cellular has done the same in Delhi, Punjab and UP West.
 
Post-paid customers of both operators in the designated circles will now have to pay Rs.300 for 1GB 3G data usage, as against Rs.250 earlier.
 
Vodafone, however, has not raised data charges in the post-paid category and continues to offer 1GB 3G data for Rs.250.
 
Airtel, Idea and Vodafone had raised pre-paid data tariffs for 2G and 3G services in Delhi by up to 47% in June following the spectrum auctions in March, when operators acquired airwaves worth Rs.101,000 crore.
 

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Over 300 cities identified for Housing for All scheme
Under the Housing for All initiative, two crore houses are targeted to be built for the poor in urban areas by 2022
 
The government has identified over 300 cities and towns across nine states for implementing its Housing for All scheme, an official statement said on Sunday.
 
"Three hundred and five cities and towns have been identified in nine states for beginning construction of houses for the urban poor," said a statement from the housing and urban poverty alleviation ministry. 
 
The ministry will provide assistance of over Rs.200,000 crore over the next six years to enable two crore urban poor get their own houses, it said.
 
The selected cities and towns are in Chhattisgarh (36 cities/towns), Gujarat (30), Jammu and Kashmir (19), Jharkhand (15), Kerala (15), Madhya Pradesh (74), Odisha (42), Rajasthan (40) and Telangana (34).
 
Under the Housing for All initiative, two crore houses are targeted to be built for the poor in urban areas by 2022.
 
"Within two months of the launch of the Housing for All (Urban) mission, 15 states have signed memoranda of agreement (MoA) with the ministry of housing and urban poverty alleviation, committing themselves to implement six mandatory reforms essential for making a success of the housing mission in urban areas," the statement said.
 
The states that have so far agreed to implement the mandatory reforms are Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Rajasthan, Telangana and Uttarakhand.
 
By signing the MoA, the states have agreed to make necessary changes including scrapping the requirement of separate non-agricultural permission in case the land falls in residential zone earmarked in the city or town master plan, and preparing or amending master plans earmarking land for affordable housing, the statement added.

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