Government allocates Rs 120cr to avoid electricity tariff hike | Goa News

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Panaji: Even though the AAP has promised up to 300 units of free electricity for each household, the state government on Wednesday approved 120 crore rupees from the public treasury to avoid a rise in electricity tariffs, as this was done in the last fiscal year.
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that as the state government decided not to increase the tariff, he would have an additional charge of Rs 120 crore on the state government.
Last year, due to the pandemic, the state government kept the tariff decree pending until March 31 of this year. “Given the prevalence of the current Covid-19 pandemic, it has also been proposed to keep the tariff decree for the 2021-2022 fiscal year in abeyance,” said a note from the cabinet.
The cabinet note also stated that given that the general public is facing difficulties due to the ongoing pandemic, the implementation of the tariff decree published in fiscal year 2021-2022 at this stage would increase. still the burden for consumers.
In addition, the pandemic has resulted in a downturn in the tourism and hospitality sectors and other related business activities, resulting in loss of business and income for a wide range of the state’s population.
“The incomes of a large part of the citizens have been negatively affected due to the cascading effect of the downturn in business and other activities. Therefore, to relieve the consumer and revive the state economy, the Goan government has taken relief measures, ”the note said.
As a result, the cabinet decided to keep the tariff decree for the 2021-22 fiscal year pending from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022, with the exception of the tariff levy of Rs 3.5 per unit in accordance with the decree. tariff for the 2021-22 fiscal year. to the “charging station for electric vehicles” category, and the introduction of a kVAh tariff for the high voltage (HT) or EHT categories. For all other categories, the subsidy will apply to cancel the tariff decree for 2021-22, issued by the joint commission for electricity regulation.
Reacting to the cabinet decision, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal congratulated the people of Goa. “AAP and the people of Goa were in turmoil. As a result, today the Goa government granted a subsidy to stop a rise in electricity tariffs. Without having a single MP, AAP managed to stop the increase in electricity tariffs. I would like to call on the people of Goa to change their government, (and) electricity would be provided for free, ”he said.


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