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Last Updated : Feb 16, 2015 10:14 PM IST | Source: PTI

AAP govt to depts: Send proposals to cut power bills by 50%

The decision was taken in the first cabinet meeting of the AAP government chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.


Taking the first step towards slashing power tariff by 50 percent, the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government today directed finance and power departments to immediately send their proposals for its implementation.


The decision was taken in the first cabinet meeting of the AAP government chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The Kejriwal-led government has also directed the Delhi Jal Board to prepare a proposal on providing free water up to 20,000 litres to every household per month.


Slashing power tariff by half and providing free water were key pre-poll promises made by AAP in the Assembly elections which they won with a landslide majority. Besides Kejriwal, all six ministers -- Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Transport Minister Gopal Rai, Health Minister Satyendar Jain, Home Minister Jitender Singh Tomar, Food and Supply Minister Asim Ahmed Khan and Social Welfare & Women and Child Welfare Minister Sandeep Kumar were present in the meeting.

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"CM Kejriwal today directed the finance and power departments to immediately send their proposals to him for implementation of the election promises to slash the electricity tariffs by 50 percent till the audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General of the private power companies (discoms) is completed," said a senior official.


During its previous 49-day stint, the AAP-led government had announced a 50 percent subsidy on power consumption up to 400 units in the national capital due to which power bills of the consumers were cut by half.


The then AAP government had also ordered a CAG audit into the finances of three private power distribution companies in the national capital. In the cabinet meeting held today, it was also decided to recommend that the first session of the newly-elected Delhi Assembly be held on February 23 and 24 for swearing-in of new MLAs and election of the speaker and deputy speaker.


Meanwhile, Media was not allowed entry into the Delhi Secretariat today on the first working day of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government. Journalists from both print and electronic media were denied entry.


"We have orders from senior government officials not to let mediapersons enter the premises," a security person said, claiming having received verbal instructions from the officials to that effect.


Senior officials, however, immediately could not be contacted for response over the matter. The government is expected to hold its first Cabinet meeting at around 4.30 PM to discuss various issues on its immediate agenda. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia is scheduled to hold a press conference following the meeting.

Meanwhile, Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at the Secretariat at around 11.45 AM.



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First Published on Feb 16, 2015 10:10 pm
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