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Power Rates Slashed By 3 Rupees In Punjab Months Ahead Of Polls

News Desk, Amar Ujala, Chandigarh

Published by: Nivedita Verma
Updated Mon, 01 Nov 2021 04:01 PM IST

Summary

In a press conference, CM Charanjit Channi said that the survey of our government revealed that people wanted cheap electricity, not free electricity.

CM Charanjit Channi.
– Photo : twitter @CMOPb

In view of the Punjab Legislative Assembly elections, the Channi government made a big announcement on Monday. After the cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi announced a reduction in electricity rates by Rs 3 per unit in Punjab. The new rates will be applicable from Monday itself. Meanwhile, taking a jibe at Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal’s poll promise of free electricity, Channi said his government’s survey revealed that people wanted cheap electricity and not free electricity.

The CM said that there are 72 lakh consumers in Punjab. Out of which 95 per cent consumers will be benefitted from this scheme. The CM claimed that this would be the lowest rates in the country. The Channi government appeared in election mode after the cabinet meeting on Monday. Channi announced an 11 per cent hike in Dearness Allowance (DA) for state government employees after the power tariff cut. 440 crore will be allocated for this.

Earlier, Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Saturday approved the proposal of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) to cancel the GVK Goindwal Sahib (2 times 270 MW) power purchase agreement to ensure uninterrupted power supply at reasonable rates to the people of Punjab. Was. Along with this, Powercom had also issued termination notice to the company. Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said that he has taken this step to protect the interest of the consumers.

It is noteworthy that a default notice has been issued initially to GVK for cancellation of the power agreement by Powercom. This notice is based on high power costs and poor performance against the prescribed norms, power availability only up to 25 to 30 per cent during one year’s time of purchase of power from GVK, as against Rs 7.52 per unit for the previous year. Electricity rates have been increased accordingly.

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In view of the Punjab Legislative Assembly elections, the Channi government made a big announcement on Monday. After the cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi announced a reduction in electricity rates by Rs 3 per unit in Punjab. The new rates will be applicable from Monday itself. Meanwhile, taking a jibe at Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal’s poll promise of free electricity, Channi said his government’s survey revealed that people wanted cheap electricity and not free electricity.

The CM said that there are 72 lakh consumers in Punjab. Out of which 95% of the consumers will be benefitted from this scheme. The CM claimed that this would be the lowest rates in the country. The Channi government appeared in election mode after the cabinet meeting on Monday. Channi announced an 11 per cent hike in Dearness Allowance (DA) for state government employees after the power tariff cut. 440 crore will be allocated for this.

Earlier, Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Saturday approved the proposal of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) to cancel the GVK Goindwal Sahib (2 times 270 MW) power purchase agreement to ensure uninterrupted power supply at reasonable rates to the people of Punjab. Was. Along with this, Powercom had also issued termination notice to the company. Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said that he has taken this step to protect the interest of the consumers.

It is noteworthy that a default notice has been issued initially to GVK for cancellation of the power agreement by Powercom. This notice is based on high power costs and poor performance against the prescribed norms, power availability only up to 25 to 30 per cent during one year’s time of purchase of power from GVK, as against Rs 7.52 per unit for the previous year. Electricity rates have been increased accordingly.

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