Karnataka govt issues guidelines to implement ‘Gruha Jyoti’ scheme

According to the one of the five promises made in the election manifesto by the ruling congress party in Karnataka, ‘Gruha Jyoti’ scheme which will provide free electricity will be implemented from July 1. The state government on Monday, has issued the guidelines for the implementation. The guarantee provides domestic consumers with up to 200 […]

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According to the one of the five promises made in the election manifesto by the ruling congress party in Karnataka, ‘Gruha Jyoti’ scheme which will provide free electricity will be implemented from July 1. The state government on Monday, has issued the guidelines for the implementation.

The guarantee provides domestic consumers with up to 200 free units of power. The government stated in an order it released on Monday that the programme would only be eligible for home use, not for business connections.

Under the scheme, the government will take into account the one-year average power consumption in the 2022-23 financial year and will give free electricity up to 10 percent more than the average usage.

A user can receive up to 165 units of free power if they utilise 150 units of electricity each month on average. He will be responsible for paying for the additional units consumed, the net power consumption, if he goes above the limit.

However, the client will be responsible for paying the entire electricity bill if the usage surpasses 200 units of power. Consumers have three months to clear the debts by June 30.

Both the reading of the electricity metre and the usage of the metre are now required. The order stated that the monthly bill will show the total amount of electricity used.

Each recipient is required to link their Aadhaar number to their customer ID or account ID. The scheme prohibits any consumer from integrating more than one power metre.

Anyone interested in receiving benefits must register on the state government’s ‘Seva Sindhu’ website. The government also announced that the recipients of the ‘Bhagya Jyoti,’ ‘Kuteera Jyoti,’ and ‘Amruta Jyoti’ schemes, three different current programmes that provide free power to communities that are economically and socially disadvantaged would be combined with the ‘Gruha Jyoti’ programme.

The government said that the electrical supply firms would get compensation for the expense of providing clients with free electricity.

Along with the launch of ‘Gruha Jyoti,’ the government also announced directives to implement the ‘Shakti’ free bus travel for women programme beginning on June 11.