Be frugal and thrive in Delhi

AAP keeps its promise and hope that it benefits those who need it

shishir

Shishir Tripathi | February 26, 2015


#aam aadmi party   #aap power tariff   #power tariff reduction delhi   #delhi power tariff   #power water subsidy   #delhi government  

Manoj Kumar starrer Roti Kapda Aur Makaan was set in the early seventies of Delhi. It was about a man, his family and their struggle to earn bare necessities of life. If the movie had to be remade toady it will need to change at least one thing, the title of the movie. It ought to be, certainly, bijli pani sadak. Set in the context of the recent Delhi election the title will have apolitical relevance.

Fulfilling its two major campaign promises on Wednesday, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi reduced the power tariffs to half. Tariff reduction will be available to the families up to 400 units. It also promised 20,000 litres of water per household will be supplied free every month.

Political campaigns are costly affairs and the promises made in its course are even costlier. Given the fact that the power subsidy will be effective from next month and is expected to cost the state government Rs 70 crore in March and Rs 1,427 crore in the next financial year, it is indeed costlier than the campaign. 

While making the announcement deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said the power subsidy would cover some 36 lakh households in Delhi, amounting to some 90 per cent of electricity consumers in the capital.

Indian state which openly claims it to be ‘socialist’ is expected to help its people. It often gets required mandate on this basis. Many political depositions have fallen, and fallen badly, when they failed to ensure that all the ‘corners’ and not just the high-rise are shining.

While sheer populism often guides election promises and the its fulfilment, the riders put forward by the new government on the benefits offered, seems driven more by a good intention of helping the needy than earning brownie points from all. The riders attached for availing the benefits clearly indicates to this.

It has been made clear that if power consumption crosses 400 units, a consumer will have to pay for the entire number of units used; starting from 1.Further there will be restrictions on free water too. Households using more than 20,000 litres will have to pay for the entire amount consumed.

This will mean that those enjoying the cosines of their air-conditioned drawing rooms along with their peers wasting thousands of litres of water in washing their sedans and SUVs are excluded from the benefit.

This certainly will exclude that class of citizenry who are enjoying the benefits not meant for them. Those sections of people, who can sustain, survive and even flourish without these dole outs. The free riders will be not allowed to have a comfortable ride and this really makes much sense.
 

Comments

 

Other News

Stories to read over the weekend

At one time these pale rooms of the Delhi commission for women looked like sleepy corners of officialdom; they are now best described as a bustling sarkari office. The woman who transformed this moribund organisation hardly looks like a powerful leader. Dressed in casual blue jeans and loose deni

Tata Trusts, PFA to build state-of-the-art veterinary hospital

Tata Trusts and People For Animals (PFA) announced their collaboration to build a state-of-the-art, multi-specialty veterinary hospital and emergency clinic at Navi Mumbai to serve the needs of all domestic and farm animals at affordable rates.   The hospital will be built in Kala

The shot just got smarter

A long queue of women, infants in their arms, extends outside the immunisation room at the community health centre (CHC) in Bhangel village, Noida, a pink double-storey building beside a bustling market. Unmindful of the chit-chatting and baby babble, Mariamma Samuel, an auxiliary nurse-cum-midwi

Do you think fugitive industrialist Vijay Mallya will be extradited from Britain to India?

Do you think fugitive industrialist Vijay Mallya will be extradited from Britain to India?

Reform first, privatise later: Bibek Debroy to railways

Before privatisation and corporatisation, the Indian Railways need to undertake major reforms including commercial accounting, decentralisation and human resource among others, said Bibek Debroy, economist and member, NITI Aayog at Railways Reforms and Governance Conclave organised by Governance Now on Fri

NTPC plans for 32 GW installed capacity via renewable sources

NTPC Ltd has raised Rs 2,000 crore through green masala bonds in overseas market under its $4 billion medium term note programme, union minister Piyush Goyal informed the Lok Sabha. The proceeds of these bonds will be used for financing renewable energy projects in accordance with applicable

Video

हमेशा रहें चुनाव के लिए तैयार - मोदी ने कहा सांसदों से

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter