The Aam Aadmi Party Delhi Government on Wednesday announced to give electricity subsidy of ₹105 per KW per month in fixed charges to Farmers in national Capital, a Delhi Government Official on Wednesday said. The Decision was taken at Cabinet Meeting that was chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday.
Speaking in the Delhi assembly, AAP lawmaker and Cabinet Minister Satyendra Jain said that the farmers in the National Capital will get back the money they had to pay on the fixed charges of electricity from April 2018.
दिल्ली देहात के किसानों के लिए दिल्ली सरकार का बड़ा फैंसला कृषि के उपयोग लिए बिजली के बिलों में पर किलो वाट फिक्स रेट 125 रुपए से 20 रुपए किया और ये 1 अप्रैल 2018 से ले लागू होगा
— Satyendar Jain (@SatyendarJain) February 27, 2019
With this, now farmers have to pay ₹20 per KW per month on the fixed charges which were till now was ₹125 per KW. The subsidy will be applied from April 1, 2018. The government will pay back the money the farmers had to pay on fixed charges since then,” Cabinet Minister Jain on Wednesday.
The step, costing ₹7.50 crore, is expected to benefit about 11,000 consumers in the national capital, the statement said released by Chief Minister Office said.
It further added the Distribution Companies (Discoms) will have to ensure that subsidy is released only to genuine agricultural consumers. A special audit of subsidy released to Discoms and that passed on to consumers’ account may be undertaken by Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission(DERC), it added.
In a statement, the office of the Chief Minister said the agriculture sector in the country is already under distress and the Delhi government is committed to the welfare of the farmers of Delhi, therefore this scheme has been introduced to provide them with the much-needed relief.
“Delhi government is of the firm view that electricity is a basic requirement for farming and is required for irrigation through tube wells, thrashing and related functions.
Earlier in a bid to give relief to farmers, Aam Aadmi Party in January last month announced to implement Minimum Support Price (MSP) for farmers based on Swaminathan Committee Report.