Delhi

BJP accuses AAP, Cong. govts of ‘looting’ public

Ensured profit for power distribution companies through ‘backdoor’ charges: Gupta

The BJP on Wednesday demanded the AAP government to rollback fixed charges, power purchase cost adjustment charges (PPAC), and pension trust surcharges which were leading to inflated electricity bills in the Capital.

It also accused the AAP and the previous Congress governments of “looting” consumers to ensure profit for power distribution companies through “backdoor” charges and payments.

“The government should compensate electricity consumers for the financial loss on account of payment of these charges. These charges were levied by discoms in connivance with the Kejriwal government. According to conservative estimates, consumers have already been made to pay ₹10,000 crore to discoms by way of levying of these charges through the backdoor,” Leader of the Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta alleged.

“Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Power Minister Satyendar Jain and other AAP leaders are projecting a misleading and false picture with regard to power tariffs and fixed charges. The Congress is shedding crocodile tears on the loot by discoms and is equally responsible for it during its 15-year rule,” he said.

“The electricity tribunal and the Supreme Court had already held that power purchase cost adjustment charges are unconstitutional. But, it is still being collected from consumers as part of electricity bills,” Mr. Gupta alleged.

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