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Written by MANOJ MORE | Pune | November 19, 2020 2:32:37 am After shoppers began getting inflated payments through the lockdown, Nitin Raut had promised to offer some concession within the payments.(Representational Image) Political events like AAP and a few activists have slammed the “U-turn” by state Energy Minister Nitin Raut in offering aid to energy shoppers over inflated payments for the lockdown interval, even because the state Congress scotched speculations about any rift within the Maha Vikas Aghadi authorities over the problem.
“The rumours about Congress being upset in the MVA government are not true,” stated state Congress spokesperson Gopal Tiwari on Wednesday.
The get together’s response got here after Vijay Wadettiwar, a Congress minister within the state authorities, stated the demand for a aid bundle by the state Energy division has not been fulfilled by the Finance division, headed by Ajit Pawar.
“We consider that not solely the Energy division’s demand but additionally calls for by different ministries for a bundle must be thought of sympathetically by the Finance division….
This will not be concerning the Congress get together alone, however concerning the accountability of the state authorities,” stated Tiwari.
Criticising the Union Energy Ministry, Tiwari stated, “The lockdown hit the revenue of state governments. Though several proposals for relief were sent by the state Power department… the Union Ministry refused to pay heed to them. As a result, the MVA government has not been able to extend the promised relief to power consumers in the bills sent by MSEDCL.”
After shoppers began getting inflated payments through the lockdown, Raut had promised to offer some concession within the payments. However, on Tuesday, he stated his ministry was not able to offer the aid. He stated the state’s energy arrears have risen to Rs 69,000 crore, of which Rs 50,000 crore are pending from the time when the BJP-led authorities was in energy.
“Mahavitaran buys electricity from other sources… It is facing a deficit of Rs 69,000 crore. We wanted to provide concession to the consumers but unfortunately, the Centre is not helping us,” Raut had stated on Tuesday.
Vivek Velenkar of Sajag Nagrik Manch stated, “It is surprising that when a road toll contractor can be paid Rs 174 crore as compensation for the lockdown period, why are the common people being ignored?”
Velenkar stated in response to an RTI utility filed by him, the state authorities has supplied him data {that a} street contractor has been compensated to the tune of Rs 174 crore for loss in toll assortment suffered through the lockdown interval. “This was actually the policy of the central government, which the state government promptly implemented. On this count, both the MVA government and the BJP are maintaining silence. Road contractors are important for them, but not the common man who has been burdened with an inflated bill for no fault of theirs,” he stated.
Mukund Kirdat, who heads the Pune unit of Aam Aadmi Party, stated, “The minister himself had tweeted that his ministry has sent a proposal to the state Finance department, giving 75 per cent concession in bills up to 100 units usage, 50 per cent concession in 100 to 300 units usage and 25 per cent concession in 300 to 500 units usage. Last week, he had said that the proposal had been submitted to the Finance department on its request. This week, he said no concession in the bill can be given due to poor economic condition of the state government.”
Kirdat stated even the Shiv Sena, one of many constituents of the MVA, had promised 30 per cent rebate in energy payments in its manifesto. “Why is the Sena silent despite heading the MVA government,” he requested.
Demanding an entire waiver in energy payments for the lockdown interval, Santosh Shinde of Sambhaji Brigade stated, “The state government is trying to steal the money of hapless consumers who received inflated bills for the lockdown period… We demand that the government keep its promise and waive bills for the lockdown period.” 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click right here to affix our channel (@indianexpress) and keep up to date with the most recent headlines For all the most recent India News, obtain Indian Express App. © The Indian Express (P) Ltd

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