Delhi

Dikshit asks Kejriwal to probe benefits given to discoms

Congress delegation seeks rollback of fixed charges

A delegation from the Delhi Congress headed by its chief Sheila Dikshit met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday to request him to order a probe into how crores of rupees in the form of fixed charges were collected to benefit power distribution companies.

Ms. Dikshit said that over ₹7,401 crore that has been collected from the people of Delhi in the name of fixed charges and surcharge for pension funds should be either returned to the people or adjusted against electricity bills in the next six months.

Speaking after the meeting, Congress working president Haroon Yusuf said that the CM had agreed to order a probe into the matter. He added that the Congress had also demanded the immediate rollback of fixed charges and surcharge for pension funds being “illegally” collected from the power consumers.

“The AAP government’s promise of providing 24-hour uninterrupted power supply has turned hollow as the people of Delhi have been going through a harrowing time due to frequent power cuts,” Mr. Yusuf said.

Working president Rajesh Lilothia said that the Kejriwal government, instead of juggling with statistics to mislead the people, should address the ground reality, “which is very different from what the AAP government has been trying to project”.

‘Unable to explain’

AAP said that the Congress delegation was unable to explain the reason behind their complaint on power pricing. Power Minister Satyendar Jain termed the allegations “baseless”.

Addressing the media after the meeting, AAP chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said, “When the CM asked Ms. Dikshit what was the basis of her calculations on electricity pricing in the city, she could not explain it. She looked at her colleague and former Power Minister of Delhi Haroon Yusuf for support... Unfortunately, none of them could explain what was the basis of their concerns.”

Refuting the Congress allegations, Mr. Jain said, “During the reign of the Congress in 2010, they were charging ₹153 for 50 units. In 2013, this escalated to ₹264. Within three years, the bill went up by 73%. Today, for the same consumption, people have to pay only ₹128 which is approximately half the bill in 2013.”

Meanwhile, a statement issued by AAP said that the Congress delegation failed to show any proof of the alleged scam claimed by them.

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