In a major relief to all the households across the state, Punjab cabinet led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann gave the final approval for policy governing the decision to provide 600 units of free power to every household per billing cycle in the state, with effect from July 1, 2022.
A decision to this effect was taken in a meeting of the council of ministers, held under the chairmanship of the chief minister, in the Punjab Civil Secretariat, on Wednesday.
Disclosing this today, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said that all the domestic consumers in the state will be eligible to get zero bills if their consumption is upto 600 units in every billing cycle. This will give a big reprieve to domestic consumers who have to hitherto shell out huge money every month in the form of power tariffs. As per the decision, scheduled caste (SC), non-SC, BPL (below poverty line) and backward class domestic consumers, who are currently eligible for free 400 units (per billing cycle) of power will also get a subsidy of 600 units now.
Likewise, freedom fighters of Punjab and their successors (upto grandchildren) who are currently eligible for free 400 units of power will also get a subsidy of 600 units per billing cycle. In case, consumption of SC, non-SC, BPL, BC and freedom fighter categories exceed units per billing cycle, then they will pay only for units consumed in addition to 600 units, along with full fixed charges, metre rentals and government levies as applicable.
Similarly, the cabinet a gave green signal for waiving off pending arrears of all the domestic consumers as on December 31, 2021, and unpaid upto June 30, 2022. This move will give relief to around 28.10 lakh domestic consumers with a total benefit of Rs 1298 crore.