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Kejriwal to launch electricity bill settlement scheme


New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will launch a settlement scheme for electricity bill disputes on Sunday, the city government said on Friday.

According to a government statement, the settlement scheme for electricity bill disputes will be named as “Bijli Bil Vivad Samadhan Scheme” and will be launched by the chief minister at an event in east Delhi. All criminal/civil proceedings, if any, related to these cases, will be withdrawn. The settlement scheme would continue for a month.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Power Minister Satyendar Jain would be present during the launch of the one-time settlement scheme, which aims to provide relief to the poor and medium income group consumers of the city.

“Consumers residing in JJ clusters who could not pay their dues in the past will be charged at Rs.250 per month only for the period for which they have not paid the dues. A  late payment surcharge will be fully waived off. The dues can be paid in six monthly installments,” the statement said.

“To give relief to the small and medium consumers of domestic category with load up to 11 kW and are booked for direct theft, entire late payment surcharge and two-third of the balance outstanding amount of the bill will be waived if they pay the total amount in one go,” it said, adding “If the consumer agrees to clear the outstanding in four monthly installments, 60 percent of the outstanding balance will be waived off.”


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Arvind Kejriwal Accuses Modi Government of Betraying Farmers

The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged

Arvind Kejriwal giving speech suring chanda bandh satyagrah
Modi government betrayed farmers: Kejriwal.

The Modi government has stabbed farmers in the back by telling the Supreme Court that it cannot implement recommendations of the M.S. Swaminathan Commission which the BJP promised to do so in 2014, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday.

Addressing a farmers rally here at Jantar Mantar, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader also slammed the Centre’s crop insurance scheme as a “fraud” and demanded that it be scrapped.

“Soldiers at the borders and farmers at thier farms are in distress. It’s a sad state of affairs. The BJP has dishonoured the promises it made in 2014,” Arvind Kejriwal said.

Thousands of farmers from across the country marched from Ramlila Maidan to Jantar Mantar in the heart of the capital seeking loan waiver and higher crop prices and warning political parties not to ignore their plight.

Reminding the BJP’s promise vis-a-vis the Swaminathan Commission, Kejriwal accused the ruling party of going back on its election promise.

“They have filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court and said they can’t implement it. There can’t be a greater betrayal than this. This government has stabbed farmers in the back,” he said, asking the government to take back the affidavit.

Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi (Wikimedia Commons)

He warned that if it failed to do so, farmers would teach the saffron party a lesson in the 2019 elections.

Demanding loan waiver for farmers, he also said that they must get fair price for their produce.

“They are not begging but fighting for their rights. Once their loans are waived, they won’t demand it again. The government should also buy the farmers’ produce at appropriate price.”

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He blasted the government’s crop insurance scheme.

“This is not an insurance scheme but it is BJP’s ‘kisan daka yojna’ (plunder farmers scheme). This must go and the money paid by farmers be returned. Instead, the government should start a compensation scheme for farmers.”

The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged. (IANS)