UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath government has launched a “name and shame policy” and has begun disclosing the names of big power bill defaulters in a bid to cajole them to pay their bills at the earliest. Besides, naming them, the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited is also giving its defaulters various facilities to clear their bills, said a senior UPPCL official.
“The power bill defaulters have been given various options by the government to clear their dues. They can also pay in instalments. Surcharge waiver is also offered to them and consumers using illegal connections have been given chance to legalise it,” he added. “Big defaulters have been cautioned by the government to pay off their bills. Now name and shame policy has been adopted under which names of big defaulters are being made public and are getting published in newspapers. The process has started and continue till Jul 30,” he said.
For both the domestic and commercial consumers, this policy is being utilised. The district magistrates have also been asked to realise money from the defaulters.
Today, Uttar Pradesh Power Minister Srikant Sharma today also launched free power connection scheme for the BPL card holders in the state. “The scheme of providing free power connection to the BPL card holders has been launched at 624 places across the state,” he said. Sharma said the scheme would also benefit the poor people who do not have BPL cards at present. “Such people would have to pay between Rs 80 to Rs 120 for getting the power connection,” he said. “The scheme would also provide relief to the middle class people as the instalment payment facility would be admissible for them,” the minister said. Sharma said while the Centre had launched the free gas connection scheme for the poor, the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh is giving free power connection to the same class of people.
“The Yogi government is working for the common man and the poor,” he claimed. Sharma accused the previous government of not being “worried” about the poor. “The body was in India, the soul was in Italy,” he alleged. He said, “The Saifai system is now over and the whole of the state is getting uniform power supply,” he claimed, adding that the same principle is being applied for development. “The work on making the state free of crime and corruption is going on a war footing,” he added.