A day after the new Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh waived loans availed by the farmer community, the BJP-led administration in Gujarat has tried to match the gesture with a populist measure of its own.
The Vijay Rupani government did away with rural electricity bills amounting to Rs. 650 crore today, in a move that is expected to benefit lakhs of villagers. According to an order issued by state Power Minister Saurabh Patel, the waiver will apply to domestic, agricultural and commercial connections across the state’s rural zone.
The minister said that although a number of power connections had been cut off in the past months over complaints of electricity theft and non-payment of bills, this decision will help reconnect these customers to the grid. Read More