14 Lakh Delhiites Got Zero Power Bills In Sept, Arvind Kejriwal Calls It Smart Governance
Nearly 14 lakh households paid no charge for electricity consumption in the month of September in the national capital, Delhi government said on October 10, Thursday. This was the first month of the Delhi government’s free-electricity scheme.
The Delhi government came up with the scheme to provide free electricity for upto 200 units for domestic consumers in August.
Taking to Twitter, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that residents of the city were trying to consume less than 200 units of electricity to avail the subsidy after 14 lakh families benefitted from the scheme.
“The free electricity scheme in Delhi is going to be an example of smart governance. Every family is now trying to consume less than 200 units after 14 lakh families received zero amount bills,” Kejriwal tweeted.
“They will now start saving electricity,” the CM added. There are around 48 lakh domestic consumers in the national capital.
Under the scheme, people consuming electricity between 201 units and 400 units are eligible to avail 50 per cent subsidy from the government on their bills.
The state government last month widened the scope of the scheme by extending its application even to the tenants residing in Delhi by launching ‘Mukhyamantri Kirayedar Bijli Meter Yojna’.