Electricity free in Delhi for usage up to 200 units: Kejriwal

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%.

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