No aid for energy customers: govt.

Opposite to its earlier claims, the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) authorities on Tuesday clarified that it might not have the ability to prolong any concessions in energy payments. Home customers in Maharashtra have been complaining of inflated electrical energy payments through the lockdown interval.

State Energy Minister Nitin Raut stated, “Mahavitaran (the State authorities firm) can also be a shopper. It buys electrical energy from totally different sources and gives it to customers. At current, the company has a debt of over ₹69,000 crore and we can’t go additional down. We did attempt to prolong advantages to the affected customers for which we approached the Centre, however no assist got here our method.”

Mr. Raut had earlier stated that the MVA authorities was within the technique of extending Deepavali present to the individuals of Maharashtra, hinting concessions in energy payments. “We had sought monetary help from the Centre. However we had been advised to take mortgage with rates of interest of 9% to 10%. We have already got a burden of large debt and we can’t have extra,” he identified.

The minister stated that the payments despatched to customers must be paid. “We’ve given an choice of paying these payments in instalments. Those that pay without delay will even get a concession on whole quantity. However we can’t waive off the invoice quantity,” he stated.

In keeping with sources, the State Finance Division had already clarified to the Energy Division that owing to the monetary pressure on the financial system due to COVID-19, it might not have the ability to supply aid.

The Energy Minister has been claiming that the lockdown compelled all members of the family to restrict to their properties and work at home additionally resulted in elevated utilization of electrical energy leading to greater payments.

The Opposition was fast to react.

Bharatiya Janata Occasion MLA Atul Bhatkhalkar stated he can be introducing a breach of privilege movement towards the minister. “The minister had earlier assured of a aid bundle. He had even stated that the matter was mentioned in a State Cupboard assembly and a proposal relating to the identical had additionally been ready. However at this time’s assertion from the minister is nothing however backstabbing individuals’s belief,” he stated.

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