Chronicle Reporter, Gwalior
Consumers of Madhya Pradesh Power Distribution Company has not paid the electricity bill of last five years. A total of 2,77,000 consumers owe an amount of Rs.357 crore to the company and the company is unable to cut-off the connection neither they are able to recover this money as these consumers are of the Scheduled Caste, Tribes and BPL category.
The government had implemented the Deenbandhu scheme in the state in the year 2013. Under the scheme, the due amount of SC-ST and BPL category consumers will be forgiven.
50 percent of the amount was forgiven by electricity company and 50 percent by the state government. In this way the entire money of these consumers was waived. After this, these consumers hasn’t deposited electricity bills in last five years.
Due to this,the consumers of the Gwalior region owe such a big amount of Rs.357 crores. It is difficult for these consumers to pay this huge amount. Now the electricity company has again been waiting for the new Deenbandhu scheme so that this money can be forgiven.