The Punjab government Wednesday decided to waive a part of the outstanding electricity bills of people from the weaker sections, a move which will benefit over 1.50 lakh consumers and cost Rs 350 crore to the state.
The previous BJP-Akali Dal government allowed families of the scheduled castes, backward classes and those below the poverty line free power as long as the did not consume more than 200 units per month.
But the Amarinder Singh–led Congress government imposed an annual 3,000-unit cap under the scheme. If a household exceeded this yearly limit, it was charged even for months it remained under the 200-unit ceiling. Read More