Delhi CM Kejriwal changes power subsidy rules, applicable from October 1
New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced that free and subsidized electricity will now be given to those who will ask for it. The announcement came after he was being criticized by several opposition leaders over free electricity amid the power crisis. The new rule will now come to effect from October 1 onwards.
Addressing a press conference, CM Arvind Kejriwal said that cheap electricity in the national capital will now be optional.
"Those who are capable of paying the electricity bill can pay the bill and opt-out of subsidy. The subsidy on electricity tariffs will be given to those who ask for it before October 1," said CM Kejriwal.
As per the current rule, a Delhi resident does not require to pay any bill if he/she is consuming electricity of fewer than 200 units per month. A subsidy of ₹ 800 is given for 201 to 400 units of power per month.
It must be noted that free electricity is among the key promises which were made by Aam Aadmi Party and a reason behind the majority voting for them in the national capital.