UP govt plans one-time settlement scheme for power consumers

In what could turn out to be one of the biggest election sops, the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd is drafting a proposal for a one-time settlement (OTS) scheme for consumers in rural as well as urban areas.

If all goes as per plan, the scheme will be launched by September-end. The scheme is also likely to cover farmers who have tubewells in the 5 KVA load category.

The proposal is being drafted on the directives of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who felt that consumers should be given waiver on late fee surcharge as many faced financial constraints during coronavirus pandemic. The scheme is likely to give relief to middle-class consumers, both urban and rural, who have a connection of less than 5KVA load. The OTS scheme will only be availed through an online process to avoid any discrepancy in future.

According to highly placed sources in the electricity department, the scheme would be open to the public for 15 days and only those consumers who get themselves registered online by paying a minimum amount between Rs 1,000 and Rs 2,000 would qualify for the scheme.

Consumers having 1-2 KVA load connections may have to pay Rs 1,000 as registration fee while those having 5 KVA load may have to pay Rs 2,000.

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