Beginning July 15, the Jaipur discom will accept electricity bill payments of more than Rs 20,000 only through digital mode.
An order issued by the discom states that a penalty will be imposed on any collection agency such as e-mitra or sub-divisional cashier if they accept bills of more than Rs 20,000 through offline mode that is cash, cheque, or demand draft. The new rule comes into effect from July 15. The discom has exempted agriculture sector from the new restriction.
The collection agency that accepts payments of more than Rs 20,000 through offline mode will have to pay a penalty of Rs 2000 in case of large industrial power (LIP) consumer and Rs 500 for other consumers.
“The government of India is ever encouraging growth of digital payments towards becoming less cash economy. Furthermore, the RERC (Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission) in its tariff order for financial year 2018-19 has also given mandate to encourage the consumers to pay their energy bills online or through digital mode. Read More