Maharashtra govt yet to decide on rebate plan for inflated power bills | Mumbai News – Times of India

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MUMBAI: The state authorities remains to be deliberating on the proposal to present a rebate on the inflated electrical energy payments that customers had acquired in the course of the lockdown months. The proposal is prone to be tabled within the state cupboard both this week or subsequent, however the closing determination will likely be taken by chief minister Uddhav Thackeray.
Sources stated the Maha Vikas Aghadi authorities—comprising CM from Shiv Sena, vitality minister from Congress and finance portfolio with NCP—is discussing the modalities for the ultimate formulation for giving rebates. Among the many formulae into consideration are waiving the invoice for these with as much as 100 models consumption, and giving a rebate of 75% for these consuming as much as 100 models, 50% for customers of 101-300 models, and 25% for customers of 300 models and above, a supply from the ministry stated. “The rebate might be solely on the surplus consumption throughout lockdown months of 2020 as in comparison with the summer time of 2019,” stated a supply.
Scores of electrical energy shoppers have complained of hefty energy payments from BEST, Adani Electrical energy, Tata Energy and MSEDCL in June and July. However the energy corporations stated that each one shoppers have been charged common and decrease payments throughout lockdown months (April-Could) and whereas taking the precise meter studying in June/July, the surplus consumption throughout lockdown was famous.
Final week, vitality minister Nitin Raut had assured that the federal government will present reduction to over 95% of the residential shoppers within the state by asserting a rebate on electrical energy payments. On Wednesday, he chaired a gathering to debate how as much as 100 models of electrical energy will be given totally free to customers, with out burdening the state exchequer.
The federal government has sought permission from the Maharashtra Electrical energy Regulatory Fee earlier than inserting the proposal earlier than the cupboard. The proposal was to be tabled final week, however the assembly was postponed. “If it will get postponed once more, we should wait for an additional week. We hope that the rebate is introduced on Thursday,” stated a Congress functionary.

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