Pre-election bonanza: Shivraj government earmarks Rs 10 billion annual subsidy for poor electricity consumers
From rural loan waiver and free electricity to subsidy on power consumption
Bhopal: Millions of registered labourers and electricity consumers falling under the below poverty line (BPL) category will benefit from a major subsidy announced by the State BJP government to offset their electricity bills.
The ambitious subsidy scheme has come in force from July 1 during the election year. Obviously it been announced by the Madhya Pradesh BJP Government headed by Shivraj Singh Chouhan keeping in view the general election for the State Assembly later this year.
Now the low income labourers and BPL consumers of Madhya Pradesh will not have to worry about huge electricity bills as registered labourers will have to pay only Rs 200 per month. If their electricity bill exceeds this amount, the remaining amount will be reimbursed by the state government through subsidy.
In order to give relief to labourers registered under Mukhyamantri Jan-Kalyan (Sambal) Yojana 2018 in electricity bills, Saral Bijli Bill Scheme and Mukhyamantri Bakaya Bijli Bill Mafi Scheme is being implemented in Madhya Pradesh on a large scale. 8.8 million registered labourers will get the benefit of Mukhyamantri Bijlee Bill Scheme. Total 7.7 million registered labourers and BPL category consumers will stand to gain from Mukhya Mantri Baqaaya Bill Maafi Scheme.
There will be no last date for participating in Saral Bijli Bill Scheme. The process to give benefit to beneficiaries in distribution centres will continue. The bill amount will be calculated on the basis of meter reading and in rural areas it will be calculated on the basis of tariff set by electricity regulatory commission, on un-metered connections. Eligible families will be given facility of free electricity connection. The state government will provide Rs. 10 billion as annual subsidy.