Policy & Govt

Saubhagya scheme for electrification: 82% rural power bills unpaid in UP since April

The Saubhagya scheme of universal household electrification appears to be turning into a major financial worry for the Uttar Pradesh (UP) government-owned power distribution companies (discoms). The scheme was launched in the state on October 11, 2017. A majority of the consumers are not paying bills for their power consumption.

Data showed that 82.27% of rural consumers have not paid even a single electricity bill during the current financial year since April. While around 17% among the over two crore rural consumers have paid their bills at least once in the current financial year.

Arvind Kumar, additional chief secretary (ACS) (energy) and the chairman of UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL), pointed out to the sorry state of affairs via a few tweets on Sunday.

‘We drew a lot of flak over power supply issues. The attached figures indicate that 17.73% or 36.98 lakhs of our rural consumers have paid at least once since April 1. While 171.64 lakhs, out of the total 208.62 lakh consumers, have not paid even once,” he tweeted without referring to the Saubhagya scheme.

“Though the situation is slightly better in Paschimanchal at 28.26%, it is worse in Purvanchal at only 12.51%,” he cited in another tweet.

hindustan times
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