In line with its commitment to provide 24×7 power to all, the government is contemplating to launch a scheme for facilitating “easy power connections” where consumers can pay for the new connection in monthly instalments over a period of 5 years.
Stating this at a conference in the capital on the completion of two years of the Modi led NDA regime, union minister for power, coal and renewable energy, Piyush Goyal said the government was thinking of launching a campaign to make it compulsory to provide electricity connection to all.
“We want to provide this facility to everyone ….while poor people get electricity connection free of cost but those who are above poverty line, the amount paid for new connection will be charged through equated monthly instalments in five years. We are working on such scheme and soon launch it.”
“We want to keep it (application for power connection) simple. Then we would ask our people to get the power connection. We won’t wait for them to apply.”
“I am actually telling my officers that they have to go to peoples’ homes, make a simple half-page format, (ask them to) just give Aadhaar number, e-mail, address and mobile number, and sign it, saying I am desirous of a power connection and follow all rules and terms. That is it.”
On the occasion, Goyal also advocated cross-subsidisation of power tariff and said, “Indian farmer deserves to get low cost power. We support cross subsidisation by larger commercial or industrial establishment for other consumers.”
(with inputs from PTI)