In its first budget, the third AAP government has decided to carry on with its reforms in the power sector while earmarking Rs 2,820 crore for giving electricity subsidies to consumers in the financial year 2020-21.
The government will continue with the zero-power bill scheme for consumers using up to 200 units every month and a subsidy of Rs 800 for those consuming 201-400 units. “Nearly 90% of the households in Delhi are getting the benefit of subsidy on electricity…All these schemes are an important and well-known part of the ‘Kejriwal model of governance’ and will continue in the next financial year,” finance minister Manish Sisodia said on Monday during his budget speech. Since last August, these benefits are being offered, making Delhi the first state to offer free electricity up to 200 units.
A total allocation of Rs 2,977 has been made for the power department, including Rs 125 crore for various projects.
The government will continue to offer 100% subsidy to the anti-Sikh riot victims for up to 400 units and the special subsidy scheme for lawyers’ chambers on court premises.
Sisodia said around 3,589 solar power plants with an aggregated capacity of 161.9mW had been installed till January. Around 200 acres have been offered by farmers for solar power plants under the Mukhyamantri Kisan Aay Badhotary Yojna. The power generation and distribution companies are working to improve network and supply, he added.