Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced today that electricity usage up to 200 units will be free. Delhi Assembly elections are due in February 2020. Moreover, consumers of 201-400 units will receive approximately 50% subsidy.
“Today the cheapest electricity in the country is in Delhi,” the Chief Minister said, calling it a “historic decision” that would help the “aam aadmi (common man)”.
Deputy CM Manish Sisodia tweeted: “Just like good education and health care, a basic quantum of electricity to run lights/fans at home is essential for that.” He posted with the hashtag #PehleHalfAbMaaf.
The CM’s announcement came a day after the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) also reduced the burden on consumers by reducing fixed charges for most domestic connections by up to 84 per cent.
The 3.8 %surcharge on power bills, however, which goes towards paying pension to former employees of power utilities, remained untouched. The regulatory surcharge too remains at 8%.