Keeping its promise to Delhi voters, AAP government on Wednesday slashes power tariff by 50 per cent for those households which consume up to 400 units per month. The government also decided to provide 20,000 litres of free water to every household.
The new rates will start on March 1.
Starting April 1, the subsidy will cost the state exchequer Rs 1,677 crore per annum.
“We had successfully provided similar concessions in power and water during our 49-day government as per our promise and believe it played a major role in allowing Delhi’s Aam Aadmi to repose their trust in us again,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said at a press conference prior to making the announcement.
“It is very unfortunate that first the Congress government and then the Bharatiya Janata Party-led (BJP) Government which ruled the Capital indirectly through the Lt/ Governor took no steps to keep the subsidy in force after March last year,” Mr. Sisodia added.
While BJP and Congress accused the Arvind Kejriwal government of misleading people by playing tricks with figures while announcing 50 per cent cut in power tariff and free water scheme.
“Majority of people today felt cheated. The AAP government has failed to fulfil the promises the party made to the people before the election,” Gupta said.
Delhi BJP President Satish Upadhyay also slammed the AAP government, saying it should have provided the benefits to all the citizens.