Delhi Govt. announces 50 percent cut for electricity bill defaulters

New Delhi, Feb.12,: The Delhi Government on Wednesday announced a 50 percent cut for electricity bill defaulters, who had not paid their dues during Delhi Chief Arvind Kejriwal’s agitation against alleged inflated billing by power distribution companies.

Education Minister Manish Sisodia announced that the Delhi cabinet has decided that people who refused to pay inflated bills during Kejriwal’s campaign against power distribution companies last year, will have to pay only half their bills without any penalty.

“Today, Delhi government decided that from Oct er 2012, till March, April 2013, people who had stopped paying their electricity bill as a protest and had not paid till December, their bills will be reduced by 50 percent. Along with that, the penalty that was imposed on them will be let go,” said Sisodia.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vijender Gupta slammed the Delhi Government decision saying it was yet another populist measure by the AAP.

“This is a complete political stunt, because the prices of electricity have not fallen but increased since the new government came into power, so on what basis are you saying that they will be given a 50 percent off after December 2013? They will then give bills on the increased power price. These announcements are all about misleading the masses,” he said. (ANI)