More than 40% of home buyers did not opt for electricity till Oct: Govt | So Good News
More than 40 percent of the 56.98 lakh home buyers did not opt for the electricity subsidy offered by the Delhi government till the last day of work on October 31. They will have another chance to do so after next month’s payment, he said.
A total of 22,81,900 (40 percent) home buyers had not applied for this assistance. The Delhi government has changed its free electricity scheme by deciding to provide services only to domestic users who apply.
Till Monday afternoon, 34.16 lakh applicants have opted for the subsidy and the number is likely to increase slightly by the end of the day, officials said. “It means that many consumers will stop voluntarily. Chances are that some consumers could not apply for the subsidy due to various reasons,” said a senior official in Delhi.
This information will be studied and the reasons why more than 22 lakh people do not apply for subsidy will be found to see if genuine consumers have failed to benefit from the subsidy scheme, said the official. Those who applied for subsidy included 15,54,646 consumers of BRPL discom, 8,49,756 consumers of BYPL, more than 10 lakh consumers of TPDDL and 10,920 consumers of NDMC, officials said.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched the subsidy application process on September 14, providing a mobile number for electricity users to fill applications. He also said that any consumer who could not apply for assistance for the month of October after the deadline of October 31, can apply to pay next month. The subsidy application can be submitted online as well as online.
The average number of power beneficiaries in Delhi is around 47 lakh. The number varies from month to month based on consumer usage. Of the 47 lakh electricity users who received the subsidy before the new scheme was implemented, about 30 lakh received zero and 16-17 lakh received 50 percent, officials said.
Currently, consumers who consume less than 200 units per month do not have to pay anything and those who consume up to 400 units per month receive 50 percent.