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Delhi Cabinet also sanctions PDS ration

Winter session of the Delhi Assembly may be held from December 13 to 17

Enhanced power subsidy to cost the Delhi Government Rs.135 crore a year

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Cabinet on Tuesday enhanced the targeted subsidy up to 200 units for all domestic consumers of electricity during the peak summer and winter months. It also sanctioned distribution of ration to all families with an annual income of less than Rs.1 lakh.

The meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, also decided to recommend summoning of the winter session of the Delhi Assembly from December 13 to 17. Following the meeting, Ms. Dikshit said it had been decided to enhance the targeted subsidy for all domestic consumers of electricity up to 200 units per month during the peak summer months of May, June, July and August and the peak winter months of December and January. Hence consumers would stand to benefit on account of cheaper power that would be provided at Rs.1.40 per unit -- Re. 1 less than the usual rate -- during these six months of year.

The enhanced targeted subsidy would cost the Delhi Government Rs.135 crore a year.

Ms. Dikshit said this would help in conservation of electricity and around 10 lakh power consumers would benefit by the scheme. The Cabinet had on October 15, 2007, approved cheaper electricity up to 150 units per month, which would have cost the Government Rs.110 crore per year. The decision to enhance the targeted subsidy has been taken considering the average use of various electrical appliances during the peak summer and winter season.

With an eye on the Delhi Assembly elections due in 2008, the Cabinet has also decided that all families which have a annual family income of less than Rs.1 lakh would now be provided with ration in Delhi. This, Ms. Dikshit said, would be achieved by affixing a stamp, “Entitled for ration”, on the cards of all families falling in the category and by diverting ration supplies from families having an annual income of Rs.1 lakh or more.

The identification of families would be undertaken either through a house-to-house survey or through organising field camps in collaboration with the residents’ welfare associations registered under the Bhagidari scheme. The move, it was pointed out, would also help in overcoming black-marketing of Public Distribition System items.

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