Contrary to its earlier claims, the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) authorities on Tuesday clarified that it could not have the ability to lengthen any concessions in energy payments. Domestic customers in Maharashtra have been complaining of inflated electrical energy payments in the course of the lockdown interval.
State Power Minister Nitin Raut stated, “Mahavitaran (the state government company) is also a consumer. It buys electricity from different sources and provides it to consumers. At present, the corporation has a debt of over ₹ 69,000 crore and we cannot go further down. We did try to extend benefits to the affected consumers for which we approached the center, but no help came our way. ”
Mr. Raut had earlier stated that the MVA authorities was within the means of extending Deepavali reward to the folks of Maharashtra, hinting concessions in energy payments. “We had sought financial aid from the center. But we were told to take loan with interest rates of 9% to 10%. We already have a burden of massive debt and we cannot have more, ”he identified.
The minister stated that the payments despatched to customers must be paid. “We have given an option of paying those bills in instalments. Those who pay at once will also get a concession on total amount. But we cannot waive off the bill amount, ”he stated.
According to sources, the State Finance Department had already clarified to the facility division that owing to the monetary pressure on the financial system due to COVID-19, it could not have the ability to supply reduction.
The Power Minister has been anticipated that the lockdown pressured all relations to restrict to their houses and work at home additionally resulted in elevated utilization of electrical energy leading to greater payments.
The Opposition was fast to react.
Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Atul Bhatkhalkar stated he could be introducing a breach of privilege movement in opposition to the minister. “The minister had earlier assured of a relief package.” He had even stated that the matter was mentioned in a state cupboard assembly and a proposal concerning the identical had additionally been ready. But at present’s assertion from the minister is nothing however backstabbing folks’s belief, ”he stated.