CM Shivraj announces power bill waiver scheme

Labourers falling under the unorganised sector in Madhya Pradesh, going to polls later this year, will get power supply at a subsidised rate, the state government announced on Tuesday.

The state Cabinet also announced an outstanding power bill waiver scheme for labourers and poor families.

The Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, on Tuesday approved Mukhyamantri Jan Kalyan (Sambal) Yojana 2018 (a scheme to provide subsidised power) and Bijli Bill Mafi Yojana 2018 (Power Bill Waiver Scheme), an official release said.

Under the subsidised power scheme, registered labourers of the unorganised sector and Below Poverty Line (BPL) families would be provided electricity at a cost of Rs 200 per month.

In case the bill is lower than Rs 200, the beneficiary will have to pay the actual bill amount and in the instance of the bill amount crossing Rs 200, the difference amount would be subsidised by the state government, it said.

Power connection under the Mukhyamantri Jan Kalyan (Sambal) Yojana would be provided free of cost to the beneficiaries. The scheme is expected to benefit 880,000 families in the state, it said.