Electricity and Water Prices
Finance minister Mr Arun Jaitley’s announcement of providing Rs 200 crore for power reforms and Rs 500 crore for water reforms in Delhi lacks clarity and runs the risk of finally ending up helping the private companies and contractors only.
It would have been better had the finance minister made a specific announcement on how this money being given by the central government will be utilized, since currently the national capital is under its rule.
Mr Jaitley has linked his budget announcement for power reforms in Delhi to problems in the city’s transmission network. Since privatization of power in the city more than a decade back, the government’s stake is merely 50% and the rest belongs to these private power distribution companies. Read More
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday decided to raise the issue of ongoing attempts to scuttle the audit of the account books of private power distribution companies (discoms) in Delhi by the Comptroller and Auditor General. The AAP parliamentary party leader Dr Dharamvira Gandhi mentioned the issue in the all-party meeting, which had been convened by the parliamentary affairs minister Mr Venkaiah Naidu.
The AAP is of the clear view that the absence of an elected government in Delhi is being used as an excuse to quietly push anti-people decisions like the imminent electricity tariff hike, for which nobody will take the responsibility. Read More
The latest letter by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi has exposed the conspiracy hatched to prevent the frauds committed by private power distribution companies from being made public.
The ongoing CAG audit has made the discoms extremely nervous and after all their desperate attempts to stall their account books from being scrutinised have failed, they have hatched a conspiracy with active help from the BJP and the Congress to delay the audit and frustrate the CAG. Read More
Source: TheHindu.com - The Aam Aadmi Party-led government had ordered an audit of the companies in January which had been challenged in the High Court. The Court had allowed the audit to continue while the plea is being heard.
The Comptroller and Auditor General has asked Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung to be proactive in ensuring that the three private power distribution companies cooperate with government auditors.
Another worrying news has come from the DERC (Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission). The DERC has indicated that the electricity tariff is likely to go up in Delhi from the month of August. The Aam Aadmi Party is of the firm view that the average electricity consumer is being over charged by the discoms. The discom audit ordered by the AAP government will expose the irregularities by discoms and the tariff will automatically will come down. The Aam Aadmi Party will oppose any proposal of electricity tariff hike in Delhi. Read More
The Aam Aadmi Party takes strong exception to reports that the Arvind Kejriwal government’s decision to provide free water to those households using upto 20,000 litres of water per meter every month may be discontinued from April 1.
If these reports are indeed true, it will become clear that the Congress-led UPA’s central government is hell bent on taking a revenge on the people of Delhi for having ousted its corrupt Sheila Dikshit government from power in the capital. Read More
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) challenges the BJP to break its mysterious silence and make its stand clear on the issue of imposition of President’s rule and Delhi assembly being kept under suspended animation Read More
अपने खातों में गड़बड़ी कर मुनाफा छिपाने और झूठा नुकसान दिखाने वाली दिल्ली की बिजली वितरण कंपनियों के खातों का कल से ऑडिट शुरू हो जाएगा। मुख्यमंत्री अरविंद केजरीवाल ने आज तीनों बिजली वितरण कंपनियों के खातों के ऑडिट के आदेश दिए। उपराज्यपाल ने भी सीएजी द्वारा बिजली वितरण कंपनियों के खातों के ऑडिट मुख्यमंत्री के आदेश को मंजूरी दे दी है। इससे पहले कल अरविंद केजरीवाल ने तीनों बिजली वितरण कंपनियों को आज सुबह तक अपना जवाब देने को कहा था और कहा था क्यों न उनके खातों की पड़ताल की जाए। इसी बाबत कल दोपहर उन्होंने कैग से मुलाकात भी की थी। इस तरह कांग्रेस सरकार पिछले चार वर्षों में जो नहीं कर Read More