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JAMMU: The government on Monday sanctioned to waiver-off the 100 per cent Interest/Surcharge on outstanding electricity bills in favour of Domestic Consumers.
“Sanction is accorded to waiver-off the 100 per cent Interest/Surcharge on outstanding electricity bills in favour of Domestic Consumers accumulated upto 31st March, 2022 with some terms and conditions,” reads the order Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary, Power Development Department.
“The outstanding principal amount arrears accumulated upto March 31, 2022 after waving off 100 per cent interest/surcharge in favour of Domestic Consumers shall be paid in a maximum of twelve monthly installments starting from the September 12, 2022,” the order reads and added, “The DISCOMs shall evaluate/segregate the due Principal amount and interest/surcharge to be waived off in a printed form on the bills of Domestic consumers availing the Amnesty, before its delivery.”
“The failure of payment of any installment within the prescribed twelve) months period shall invite penalty and legal action under Electricity Act-2003 in addition to the accrual of compound interest on the outstanding dues,” it further stated.
It added, “The benefits of scheme shall be availed by way of paying of installments in prescribed period of twelve months as mentioned above after segregation of the outstanding dues from the currents bills. The current bills shall be paid separately and regularly without any fail.”
“The consumers who fail to pay the current bill simultaneously with the payment of monthly outstanding installments shall forfeit the benefits of the Amnesty scheme besides disconnection of power supply and the eligible consumers who fail to avail the Amnesty Scheme and do not pay the outstanding dues shall invite penalty and legal action besides disconnection of power supply,” it added.
“The JKPCL shall hire an Independent Project Management Agency for ensuring efficient implementation of the scheme in terms of GFR-2017,” it stated.