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Kejriwal waives for power bill defaulters

New Delhi, Jan 11 (): Kejriwal, Delhi Chief Minister announced waiver for those who had not paid electricity bills and withdrawal of cases against those who stole power since March 23, the day he launched the AAP civil disobedience campaign against power discoms.

No action would be taken against the defaulters and pilferers since they are termed to be part of the campaign and the amount due from them would be paid by the Delhi government, Kejriwal said. The power regulator said information from the office of the chief minister was still to reach them.

Kejriwal’s announcement was illegal as per the 2003 Electricity Act, claims an official. DERC has 45 lakh connections out of which 10,000-12,000 consumers have not paid electricity dues since March last year. Power to those in the lowest consumption slab of 0-200 units has not been cut.

Opposition BJP leader Harsh Vardhan termed Kejriwal’s announcement a sign of anarchist rule. Kejriwal says he promised that those who did not pay power bills from March 23 and those connections would be re-connected if AAP formed the government.

People who have not been paying power bills for years will not be exempted. Kejriwal said that he fought the election on a problem that people of Delhi were unhappy and it is the duty of the new government to solve it. Kejriwal said he was using taxpayers’ money for the people.

Kejriwal added that 1.5 crore taxpayers in India were paying for governance of the whole country. He announced a helpline for citizens to inform about power cuts and asked discoms to put a schedule of power cuts on the website. He said he was collecting details of power cuts this month and compare it with previous months.

The Janata Durbar saw thousands turn up and there was utter chaos. Petitions piled up from citizens before the CM and other ministers in the secretariat.