Low-consumption powerloom and farmers to get subsidised power

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Bhopal, May 14 (UNI) In order to spare the burden of upward revision of power tariff by the Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission to low-consumption powerloom consumers and farmers, the state government today decided to supply power to them at subsidised rates.

This decision was taken at a state Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here.

The government would provide subsidy of Rs 1,187 crore for the purpose. Subsidised rates would be applicable with effect from April 1, 2008, an official release said.

Accordingly, domestic consumers consuming upto 30 units per month would be supplied power at Rs 1.75 per unit instead of the revised rates.

Powerloom consumers with attached load upto 25 horsepower (HP) would be given power at Rs 2 per unit instead of the revised rates.

These consumers would pay for only actual consumption.

It was also decided to provide power to farm consumers at lower than the revised rates. Accordingly, consumers having permanent connection having or not having meter would be supplied power at 75 paise per unit for first 500 units and consumers with over 500 units consumption at Rs 1.10 per unit, it said.

Farm consumers having temporary connections would be provided power at Rs 1.60 per unit and the power supply (CLV-5) through DTR meters would be made at 75 paise per unit.

For low tension street light schemes of gram panchayats, power would be supplied at Rs 45 per kW per month instead of revised cost charge and for the similar schemes of municipalities and nagar panchayats at Rs 85 per kW per month, it said.

The high tension irrigation consumers would be exempt from annual minimum charge.

The difference between the revised and introduced rates for these categories of power consumers would be reimbursed by the state government to Madhya Pradesh State Electricity Board/power distribution companies as per the procedure laid down by the Regulatory Commission for this purpose, the release said.

The Cabinet also decided to provide permanent exemption from guarantee fee charged on the guarantees given by the state government for Madhya Pradesh State Cooperative Bank, District Cooperative Banks and other cooperative institutions, the release added.

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