Karnataka's free power scheme to cost Rs 13,000 crore annually

Bengaluru, Jun 7 (IANS): The Gruha Jyothi scheme for free electricity, up to 200 units, to over 2.14 crore consumers in Karnataka, is set to be implemented from July and registration of households will start from June 15, it was announced on Wednesday.

The scheme will cost the public exchequer Rs 13,000 crore annually.

There are 2.16 crore domestic consumers in the state. Of them 2.14 crore consumers are using less than 200 units and their annual consumption is approximately 13,575 MU.

Addressing a press conference at the BESCOM corporate office, Energy Minister K.J. George explained in detail the notification issued on Tuesday regarding the implementation of Gruha Jyothi.

"The average monthly consumption of these consumers is 53 units. 2 Lakh consumers consume above 200 units. The registration process will start from the 15th of this month and consumers can register at Bangalore One, Karnataka One centers. A separate section to register for the Gruha Jyoti scheme will also be opened in Seva Sindhu Portal. Consumers can complete the registration process by logging through website or mobile by providing appropriate information," he said.

He said that an average calculation process of one year has been done for the estimation of monthly electricity consumption of 2.14 crore household consumers. Considering the average consumption for the 2022-2023 financial year, monthly usage will be calculated for each consumer by giving an additional 10 per cent on their average usage. However, the maximum free electricity usage cap is restricted to 200 units.

If the fixed average unit of electricity consumed per household is less than 200 units, the household consumer need not pay any fee. If the units used are more than the average, only the extra units will be charged. However, if more than 200 units are used, the full fee will have to be paid, George said.

"If the consumption of units is used within their average monthly consumption ratio, consumers will get zero bills, they need not to pay the bill," he added.

If consumers use more than average consumption limits, bills will be generated to only difference of units excluding fixed energy charges and Fuel and Power Purchase Cost Adjustment Charges (FPPAC). If the consumers' monthly average usage exceeds 200 units they have to pay the full amount of the bill. If consumers fail to pay their arrears within three months, their connections will be disconnected.

All the house owners, tenants, and authorised users can be the beneficiaries of the Gruha Jyothi scheme. To avail the scheme, the consumers must link their Aadhaar numbers with the Customer ID/RR number or Account ID mentioned in the bill and submit the application through Seva Sindhu portal.

Even if the Aadhaar address is different, one can complete the registration process by providing other relevant proof that he is a consumer at a particular address, George said.

"Our focus is on inclusivity and empowerment of people. The scheme is being implemented to help the middle class who are affected by the price hike and the scheme will not be a burden on the government. This will prove beneficial in the long run. The saved money can be better utilised for education which leads to more employment opportunities. Through this initiative, the economy of the state will also progress," he clarified.

The scheme will not be applicable to commercial consumers.

For proper implementation of the scheme, separate guidelines will be issued soon, George said.

The government will pay Gruha Jyothi subsidy amount, and FPPAC amounts to all ESCOMs in advance to implement the scheme.



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  • Rajan, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 08 2023

    State Bank of India in last. Four years has written off Rs 2,3 0. Lakh crores .....Two lakh thirty thousand .. while spin doctors will say it is not actually. Write off .. fact is SBI. GOT ONLY ABOUT 40,000 crores back About 20 % ... likewise last. 8 years about twelve lakh crores written off Recovery. LESs than. 20 % .... This is sadly. NOT Discussed or creates. Pain ... No discussion. By. Godi. Media. ... Now. Most. OF the beneficiaries. Enjoying. Rich. Life style ...known. As. Wilful defaulters... meaning actually they can repay bank .... Only small borrowers harassed. UPTo the point of suicide ....

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Thu, Jun 08 2023

    Costing 13000 crores is nothing when it will benefit crores of people. The initial cost of that useless and disastrous Yettinahole Project was also 13000 plus crores with 0 benefit to the people and full benefits to only those who initiated, approved and supported it.

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  • Rems, Mangauru

    Thu, Jun 08 2023

    No problem if it is Rs. 13,000 crore. People who benefited from these schemes, will buy liquor and Government will recover the costs through excise department.

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  • Dr Kusuma Kumari Gunji MBBS DGO DNB, Nellore/Kodyadka

    Thu, Jun 08 2023

    I am not for freebies in teh state. It will only make people LAZY and there will be no p[progress I feel

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  • DAKSHA, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 08 2023

    Very true. There may be an extra indirect burden on the public to recover the loss on sanctioning these freebies. we need to wait & watch..

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Thu, Jun 08 2023

    What about Rs. 15 Lacks ...

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  • Evans C Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA.

    Thu, Jun 08 2023

    Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront, By now you should forget the Rs. 15 lacks. Now think of the freebies.

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  • ca girishkk, valencia/m'lore

    Thu, Jun 08 2023

    He can afford to stay at Kulai Raheja apartment so he is not BPL. He might be receiving old age pension too so he should not accept freebies. If expected all such freebies it means a misuse.

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  • Sheriff, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 08 2023

    What about inciting 'all minority' CAA protests and then hiding in the comfort of homes!

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  • ca girishkk, valencia/m'lore

    Thu, Jun 08 2023

    That's why it is good that we must listen to our hearts and should not get provoked by other opportunists instigations.

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  • Manohar, Udupi

    Thu, Jun 08 2023

    I have decided not to opt for any freebies as I am well to do. Also I have decided to contribute Rs 100 every month towards CM's fund for the benefit of all. If all like minded congress supporters and sympathizers like me contribute Rs 100 or more every month there will be congress in Karnataka forever. Jai Karnataka and long live congress.......

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Thu, Jun 08 2023

    no problem at all...if corruption is stopped this can easily be given

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  • Pavan, Mlr

    Thu, Jun 08 2023

    Jay shah looted 48000 cr with IPL money...did not pay single paisa tax...ADANi looted 20000 cr from LIC and SBI.Took loan from Indian banks. 380000 cr. Payed only 2000 cr...Free bees only to Gujju gang....

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  • Arjun, India

    Thu, Jun 08 2023

    ನನಗೂ ಜಾಸ್ತಿ ನಿನಗೂ ಜಾಸ್ತಿ, ಮಾದೇವಪ್ಪ ನಿನಗೂ ಜಾಸ್ತಿ, ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ಜಾಸ್ತಿ😂😂😂😂😂

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  • Manohar, Udupi

    Wed, Jun 07 2023

    PM CARE will provide the fund....

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