Reduction in electricity duty: Govt yet to issue notification

Despite lapse of about one month since the state cabinet approved 12 per cent reduction in electricity duty, the government has yet to issue the notification to provide much awaited relief to the consumers from hefty power bills.
Reduction in electricity duty: Govt yet to issue notification
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Despite lapse of about one month since the state cabinet approved 12 per cent reduction in electricity duty, the government has yet to issue the notification to provide much awaited relief to the consumers from hefty power bills.

The cabinet approval for the rationalisation and reduction of electricity duty from the existing 22 per cent to 10 per cent had come on August 21, while the implementation had to start from the date of issuance of notification.

Sources said the issuance of notification may be delayed as State Finance department is dragging its feet on clearing the file regarding the rationalization of electricity duty.

"The file is lying with Finance department for past many days. Once it is cleared from there the further process for issuing the notification would be started," sources said. They said that it is unlikely that the consumers get the benefit even for September month.

Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh when asked about the status of the Cabinet decision, evaded direct reply on the electricity duty rationalization.  "We are thinking over this issue and will implement this policy soon," he said.

The Minister of State for Industries and Commerce, PDD and Housing & Urban Development Department, Muhammad Ashraf Mir said, he is not aware of any such decision and will prefer to reply after knowing about the content of the cabinet decision.

Meanwhile the opposition Congress termed it as a routine affair in the PDP-BJP dispensation saying, "Their decisions are only visible on the newspapers. On ground, you will see nothing".

Congress party spokesperson Ravinder Kumar Sharma said that PDP-BJP combine is trying to erode the sanctity of the prestigious institutions.

"They announce and direct something in the meeting of District Development Board and forget it just after the moment they conclude these meetings", Sharma said.

He said the District Development Board and Cabinet meetings are aimed at maintaining transparency in the system, 'but this government is taking least interest in implementation of the decisions taken there.'

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