Delhiites will have the choice to opt out of the electricity subsidy scheme

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Some financially stable citizens have said they do not want to benefit from the scheme: Arvind Kejwriwal

Some financially stable citizens have said they do not want to benefit from the scheme: Arvind Kejwriwal

From October 1, Delhi residents will be offered the option of not receiving subsidy on their electricity bills, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Thursday. He said the Delhi cabinet had approved the continuation of the free electricity scheme but heeded suggestions received from financially stable Delhiites who had said they did not want to benefit from the scheme and that the government should instead spend the money. money for building schools and hospitals.

“The Delhi Cabinet today approved the continuation of the Free Electricity Scheme [on Thursday] where, 47,11,176 families are to benefit from the subsidy. All consumers will have the choice of opting out of the subsidy or continuing to receive free electricity from October 1. Based on the registered choices, we will provide free electricity to families who wish to benefit from the scheme,” said Mr. Kejriwal.

He added that the process of asking and giving people the choice to opt for subsidized or unsubsidized electricity would begin very soon.

Two forms

The government said there were 58,18,231 electricity consumer connections in Delhi and the number of subsidized connections totaled up to 47,16,075 consumers in the union territory. Domestic consumers receive a subsidy in two forms: first, consumers using up to 200 units per month received a 100% subsidy; there were 30,39,766 such consumers at present. The second category was consumers who use 201-400 units, who received up to ₹800 subsidy – there were 16,59,976 such consumers.

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