The Cabinet which met here today under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, approved rationalisation of the electricity duty by reducing the existing rate of 22% to 10% in respect of all consumers w.e.f the date of notification.
According to government spokesperson the Cabinet also approved waiver of 100% surcharge on outstanding electricity bills as on 1st August 2015, provided the domestic consumer makes the outstanding payment by or before 31st March 2016, in maximum of four equal installments. The domestic and agriculture (excluding government) categories of consumers who have fully paid their bills shall not be eligible under this scheme.
It also asked PDD to organise special camps in each division for successful implementation of the scheme besides approved outsourcing of the activities of meter reading and bill distribution by the PDD.
The Cabinet also passed instructions for the J&K State Electricity Regulatory Commission to review distribution of tariff structure twice a year and make recommendations to the government for its consideration.