April 12, 2013

Bijli Satyagraha - Separate Electricity Board For Punjab's Paid Consumers

Punjab Electricity Consumers Welcome Kejriwal's Bijli Satyagarha



Paid Consumers of Electricity in Punjab have welcomed AAP ( Aam Admi Party )'s Indefinite Fast from 23-03-13 against High Electricity rates for the common man.

In Punjab , Electricity is given Free on Vote Bank basis to  many consumers ( including Super Rich Farmers ). The Non Vote Bank are made to pay double ( the rates prevailing in neighbouring Himachal Pradesh ) for Electricity .

Urban Business men are charged penal rates euphemistically called Commercial Category.

Paid Urban  consumers of Electricity  are charged additionally Choongi ( Octroi ) and a massive Electricity Tax ( Bijli Kar )

No concession in given to Physically Handicapped Punjabis because they are not considered to be a Vote Bank.

Arvind Kejriwal 's Electricity Satyagraha Welcomed in Punjab



Paid Category of Electricity in Punjab who arepaying more than Rs. 7 o Rs. 8 Per Unit for Electricity have welcomed Arvind Kejriwal's moves on the exploitation of non vote Electricity consumers. Urban Business are charged penal rates under a category euphemistically termed as Commercial category.Free Electricity in Punjab is given to Farmers ( including the Super Rich owning land worth thousands of crores ) and on Caste basis ( including the Creamy Layer ) No relief is given to the physically Handicapped Punjabis because they are not considered to be a Vote Bank

There is overwhelming support for Arvind Kejriwal's move of personally restoring connections which have been disconnected.

People welcome this Gandhian approach  ( like the Salt Satyagraha by Mahatma Gandhi ) of Arvind Kejriwal  to end exploitation.

Paid category in Punjab is demanding a Separate Electricity Board for the Paid Category of Electricity consumers.

Non Vote Banks are being subjected to Bijli - Petrol Jazia ( Petrol in Punjab is Rs. 7 Per Litre more expensive than in neighbouring Haryana although in both states it is sourced from the same set of refineries ) 

Separate Electricity Board Demanded by Paid Consumers After Massive Electricity Hike in Punjab


Paid consumers of Electricity in Jalandhar and rest of Punjab are Devastated after the announcement of massive increase in Electricity rates ( for Urban Paid Non Farmer Category ).

The basic massive increase would have a Multiplier  effect on Final Rates payable because of :-

1 ) Choongi ( Octroi ) - Choongi has been abolished and replaced by VAT. But Choongi is continued to be levied on Urban Consumers. Choongi is a Municipal Levy. But this Municipal Levy is not being passed over to the Municipaliities

2 )Further , in the Urban Bills ,a Massive Electricity Tax ( Bijli Kar ) is added.

3 ) Meter Charges

4 ) Massive 10% Penalty Foe Delay in Payment even if by a SINGLE DAY.

This  massive increase ( for Paid Category / Non Vote Banks ) has come in immediately after the Goa Chintan Shivr where Akali Dal- BJP announced its commitment to provide a Rs. 7000 crore + Free Electricity to Farmers ( including Super Rich Farmers ).

Paid Category of Electricity in Punjab are , now , Demanding a Separate Electricity Board For Paid Category of Electricity consumers .

Punjab Govt. can have a Different Electricity Board or a Govt. Department ( financed exclusively  by Govt. Grants ) for the Free Category of Electricity Consumers in Punjab.  

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