Eyeing assembly elections in 2020, the Delhi government led by the AAP announced on Thursday that up to 200 units of electricity will be totally free. The Delhi chief minister said it was feasible because of individuals who had elected an honest government while addressing a presser.
He wrote on Twitter on Wednesday, “For fifth consecutive year NO electricity tariff hike. On the contrary, for a fifth consecutive year, tariffs reduced. Delhi has the lowest electricity tariffs in the country now. And Delhi is the only place in India with 24×7 electricity."
Kejriwal's announcement falls ahead of Delhi's assembly elections scheduled for early next year. Kejriwal further stated that houses that consume anything between 201 and 400 units per month will have to pay their electricity bill, but the state will subsidize about 50 per cent of it.
Calling it a "200-unit free lifeline electricity," the chief minister said the state is making a "fundamental commitment" to power through this system, as it did with water, which is also free for citizens consuming up to 20,000 litters a month.
When questioned about the announcement's timing, he said, "It was a journey that took its own time. Over the years, we have worked hard to guarantee that bill quantities go down, power companies are in a better economic state, power energy infrastructure is better, and citizens get power supply round the clock. The chief minister said the amount to be borne by the Delhi government for the restructured subsidy will be almost the same as it is now.