Bhopal — Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan chaired a meeting of his cabinet in the state capital on Monday, the cabinet decided to safeguard the poor, the weaker sections and farmers from the burden of tariff increase announced by the Electricity Regulatory Commission that came into force in July.
Sanctioning a subsidy of Rs. 1358 crore for the M.P. State Electricity Board the cabinet decided to provide electricity to power consumers consuming upto 30 units at the revised rate of 175 paise per unit instead of the rates fixed by the Electricity Regulatory Commission.
The power loom consumers using power looms of upto 25 horsepower would be provided electricity at the rate of 200 paise per unit. These consumers will pay the bill on the basis of actual consumption. The low tension farm sector power consumers would also be provided electricity at subsidized rates as follows:
|(i) Permanent Connection||Metered||Unmetered|
|A. Consumption upto first 500 units per month (per unit)||75 paise||75 paise|
|B. Consumption above 500 units (per unit)||110 paise||110 paise|
|(ii) Temporary connections||160 paise per unit|
|(iii) Power supply by D.T.R. Meter||75 paise per unit|
Municipalities and Nagar Panchayats would be provided electricity at the rate of Rs. 85 per kilowatt per month for streetlights instead of the tariffs fixed by the Electricity Regulatory Commission. The high tension irrigation consumers would be exempted from payment of annual minimum charge.