Indore: District level advisory committee on electricity matters on Thursday directed power distribution company (Discom) not to carry out seizure drive against small defaulters just for defaulting power bills up to Rs 5000 to Rs 6000.

A proposal to this effect was passed in the advisory committee meeting at held at Discom office at Pologround. The committee observed that the reputation of a common man should not be put dented just for defaulting bills of a few thousands rupees.

The meeting chaired by committee chairman Manoj Patel was attended by MLA Jitu Patwari, ADM Ajaydev Sharma, and representatives of local MP, Mayor and other MLAs from the district. Discom executive engineer Subroth Rai gave presentation on the company’s works. He said that Indore is the highest revenue generator across the state. He also stated that the company is continuously reducing its losses by good practices.

When MLA Jitu Patwari sought information on single light connections in the city, he was informed that as many as 25000 consumers who are below poverty line have been provide single light connection and they are been given discount of 25 units in power bills. Rai also informed the MLA that each beneficiary consumes about 125 to 130 units and his bills amounts to about Rs 400.

Crying foul, Patwari said that the government is considering people earning below Rs 980 in BPL category. How come such poor person will be able to shell out Rs 400 only on power? he asked and reduction on power bills to BPL consumers. Patel intervened and said that it is the right of the Assembly to take a decision on this matter.

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