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Shimla, March 23 – Govt to continue 125 units free power for domestic consumer: CM

The Himachal Pradesh Government would continue giving 125 free units of power to domestic consumers in the state and the government has provided Rs 300 Crore subsidy to extend the scheme. This was stated by the Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu while replying to a joint query raised by BJP members, Vinod Kumar ( Nachan ), Deep Raj (Karsog ), Prakash Rana ( Joginder Nagar ) in the question hour.
Responding to a query about  provisions of 300 unit free power to domestic consumers  Sukhu said that expanding the free power from 125 units to 300 units in the state his Government would complete all the ten guarantees in the next five years. On being accused by the opposition members for delaying and not completing the election promise he said that former chief minister Jai Ram Thakur could not claim the entire credit of starting 125 free power scheme as it was former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh who first launched this scheme by launching free power upto 0 to 60 units to domestic consumers.
He said that the same scheme of free power was further extended by the former Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur from 01.07.2022, by issuing zero bills to domestic consumers on electricity consumption up to 125 units per month. Currently around 16 lakh domestic consumers have benefited from this scheme every month in the state.  This scheme is also continued in the present government to expand it in future by issuing 3000 unit free power.
He said that BJP members could not claim the entire credit of starting the scheme as he was stating on the record of this house that it was former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh who came out with the scheme. After having a protest from the opposition gallery on the CM response to this query.
Sukhu said that he challenged the BJP members to bring privilege motion against him if he was telling a lie.


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