Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Thursday that electricity usage up to 200 units will be free.
“Every family deserves a life of dignity. Just like good education & healthcare, a basic quantum of electricity to run lights/fans at home is essential for that,” deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia tweeted minutes after the announcement.
The CM’s announcement came a day after the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) also reduced the burden on consumers by reducing fixed charges for most domestic connections by up to 84%.
The 3.8 %surcharge on power bills, however, which goes towards paying pension to former employees of power utilities, remained untouched. The regulatory surcharge too remains at 8%.
Delhi has at least 4.9 million domestic power consumers and, according to the DERC chief, 98% of the city’s households will end up saving money on their monthly electricity bills with the new tariff order.