Chandigarh, July 1 –The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, has said that now electricity meters would not be carried to laboratories for checking, and, if any fault is found in the meter, it would be repaired free of cost. He made this announcement after launching the “Mhara Gaon Jagmag Gaon” scheme at Dayalpur village in Kurukshetra district, today.
In the first phase of the scheme, the villages falling under 83 feeders have already started supplying 12 to 15 hours of power supply per day. After the launch, the Chief Minister released the brochure “Mhara Gaon Jagmag Gaon” prepared by the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam. The people present at the function raised their hands and promised the Chief Minister that they would pay their electricity bills on time.
Taking a dig at the opposition, the Chief Minister said that during the elections, most parties had promised 24-hour power supply in their manifestos. Some parties misled the innocent people into not paying their electricity bills. “Since I became the Chief Minister, steps are being taken to provide 24-hour power supply”, he added.
Due to the non-payment of electricity bills and line losses, power utilities are suffering a loss of Rs 5,500 crore. If 24-hour power is supplied and people do not pay bills, the losses would increase to Rs 8,000-9,000 crore. Now, people would have to adopt the habit of paying the electricity bills because funds are required for carrying out development works. If people do not pay their bills, how funds would be generated, the Chief Minister asked.
Gram Sabhas would be organized to solve power related problems. Directions have been issued to release electricity connections within a week. With the installation of insulated wires and meters outside houses, power supply would be increased from 15 to 18 hours. In the next phase, the supply would be further increased to 21 hours on those feeders where the payment of bills would cross 90 per cent-mark. Besides, power supply would be made available for 24 hours if the amount of pending billing cycle remains less than 10 per cent, he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Mr. Krishan Kumar Bedi, congratulated the Chief Minister for starting the innovative scheme of “Mhara Gaon Jagmag Gaon”. He also urged the villagers to extend their cooperation to maker it a success.
On this occasion, Punjab National Bank (PNB) adopted Dayalpur village and promised to extend every possible in the development of the village and providing all basic facilities. Thanesar MLA, Mr. Subhash Sudha, expressed his gratitude to the PNB for adopting the village and urged other organizations to come forward and adopt other villages.