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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accused private companies of supplying electricity at expensive costs on Sunday. Kejriwal asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to let the Delhi government terminate previous power agreements.

Arvind-Kejriwal-l-pti4“If this permission is given, then the electricity tariff in Delhi will further come down,” the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said at the launch of a scheme to redress disputes over electricity bills.

Kejriwal also declared that power companies would be fined if they cut electricity for more than one hour. He urged the prime minister to allow the Delhi government to buy cheaper power, saying this was available, the AAP tweeted.

He said power tariff was high in the national capital as Delhi was buying more than half its electricity needs at Rs.5.50 a unit.

The chief minister said: “We have come to know that many power companies are ready to supply power at Rs.2.5 to Rs.3 a unit. When we can get electricity at this rate, why should we buy it for Rs.5 or Rs.5.50 a unit? When we examined the issue, we realized that the previous government had entered into agreements valid for 30 years.”

“The power companies now tell us that since these agreements are in place, you will have to buy power from us. The companies are pressurizing us. Why should people suffer?”

“We also appeal to the central government and Modi to allow us to cancel the costly agreements reached earlier with private companies.” he added.

With inputs from IANS

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After HC Quashed Its Notification, Delhi Government Seeks Legal Advice on Minimum Wages Verdict

Delhi Government seeks legal help after High Court quashed minimum wage verdict

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Gopal Rai, Member of AAP Government
Gopal Rai, Member of AAP Government.

The Delhi government on Sunday said it is seeking legal advice on the further course of action after the Delhi High Court quashed its notification on minimum wages.

Expressing his disappointment over the Court’s decision, Delhi Labour Minister Gopal Rai said that the government is studying the verdict and “will arrive at a conclusion on how to ensure the implementation of revised higher minimum wages” for workers in all categories.

“I have convened a meeting of the Labour Department on Monday to decide the future course of action, including the next legal remedy available to the government,” Rai said.

AAP Government seeking legal help after Delhi High Court quashed minimum wages verdict
AAP Government seeking legal help after Delhi High Court quashed minimum wages verdict. 

The Delhi High Court on Saturday quashed two notifications, issued last year by the Delhi Government, relating to revision of minimum wages for all classes of workmen in all scheduled employments by calling it “completely flawed”.

“The constitution of the committee was completely flawed and its advice was not based on relevant material and suffers from non-application of mind,” the bench said while setting aside the Delhi government notification setting up the advisory panel on minimum wages.

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“The government’s decision based on such advice is in violation of the statutory provision, principles of natural justice, denies fair representation to the employers as well as the employees… in fact it is even without any effort to gather relevant material and information,” the bench had said. (IANS)

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