In an embarrassment to the Punjab government, promise made by chief minister Amarinder Singh to reduce power tariff for industry to Rs 5 per unit have not been fulfilled once again. On December 19 in a meeting with industry associations at Chandigarh, power minister Rana Gurjeet Singh had declared that Rs 5 per unit of power will be applicable for the industry from January 1 but so far Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has not received any communication or notification from the government for reduction of the rates of power for industry.
Giving confirmation in this regard, Arun Gupta, chief engineer (commercial) PSPCL said, “As of now we have not received any notification in this regard and once a formal notification is received by us to charge the Rs 5 per unit rate of power, we will initiate the process for refund or adjustment of the excess amount of bills paid by them from November 1.”
The decision to reduce electricity tariff for the industry which was part of election manifesto of the Congress was approved on October 16 by the state cabinet in a meeting held under the chief minister and was scheduled to come into effect from November 1, but even then the government failed to reduce the rates. It was only after TOI highlighted the issue, several industry associations of Punjab formed a common front and cornered the government on the issue and they threatened to go on an indefinite hunger strike from December 22. Read More…
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