AAP's power warriors get no relief, file moves slowly

The Aam Aadami Party government failed to provide relief to its supporters who refused to pay their electricity bills during its Bijli Andolan. 

Nearly a month after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s announcement of waiving power bills and scrapping power theft cases registered during the AAP  movement from March 23 last year, the file is still stuck between different departments at Delhi Secretariat.

More than 23,000 households had joined the AAP protest against private power distribution companies (discoms) and alleged that their bills were inflated.

The Chief Minister had announced a 10-month waiver to the people who participated in his movement.

The discoms have demanded Rs 13 crore, a loss of which they claimed to have suffered during party’s agitation, and sent repeated requests to the power department.

The power department has requested the finance department to release the funds but nothing has been done yet. Sources in the power department said till the time government does not pay the dues to the discoms, no FIR will be quashed.

“The discoms have sought the amount which they were not able to recover during the AAP’s movement. Their demands are not illegitimate. Now if the government pays them their dues, which is about Rs 13 crore, the criminal cases of power theft against them will be quashed. If it fails to do so, the discoms may move court seeking legal assistance for recovery of the due amount,” said a source.

Each defaulter will then face action.

Sources say the finance department is still waiting for the chief minister’s nod for releasing the funds for power department.

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