An important decision in the larger interest of consumers
For the Consumers who have already paid the bill, adjustment will be done in the next month’s bill
Raipur (the states. news) On instructions of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel, Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company has given a major relief to the domestic consumers of the state by reducing the additional security fund in electricity bill by 50 percent. Now the domestic consumers would be able to pay amount less than the billed amount. The consumers who have already paid the bill, will be provided this benefit from next month, 50 percent of the additional security fund deposited by them will be adjusted in their next electricity bill.
There is a provision of security fund under the standing instructions of Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission. The average consumption of electricity for the last 12 months is calculated every year and the difference between the Additional Security Fund is taken in the month of October. This calculation is done on the basis of prevailing tariff after deducting the security deposit already deposited as per rules. The higher the difference in amount, the more the liability of the additional security fund becomes.
It is noteworthy that during COVID crisis last year, the computing of additional security fund was postponed till this year, because of which this year additional security fund of two years had to be calculated. Moreover, people had to stay home round the clock during lockdown, because of which the use of electrical appliances also increased. This is the reason why this year the average bill amount has been significantly more than the normal years and hence the payable additional security fund is higher.
Chief Minister had given instructions to reduce the billed additional security fund by 50%, for the convenience of the consumers. Thereafter, with the permission of Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission, the domestic consumers have been provided the facility to pay 50 percent of the total amount of additional security fund released. Field staff of the Electricity Department has been given instructions in the context. Consumers do not have to worry about getting their bills revised. They will have the facility to deposit 50% of the additional security fund while paying their bills.(For Hindi News : mediasaheb.com)