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Lucknow: A big relief was given to 1.50 crore electricity consumers of Uttar Pradesh having unpaid dues against their names with Energy Minister Shrikant Sharma saying that the connections of small defaulters will not be disconnected. The staff of the Electricity department will go door to door and motivate defaulters to deposit the bills.
Power Corporation has 2.90 crore consumers in state including 90 lakh consumers in urban areas of which 70 lakh were paying bills. Presently 20 lakh urban consumers have arrears against their names. Similarly, bills are pending on 1.30 crore consumers out of a total of 1.85 crore in rural areas of state.
The loss of Energy department has crossed Rs 90,000 crore. Despite all this, the Energy Minister has instructed officials not to cut off the connections of small consumers on the basis of outstanding bills. However, the Energy Minister did not say anything on the outstanding bill of Rs 25000 crore on government departments.
The Energy minister told the consumers that the government was engaged in giving cheap electricity. But for this consumers should also pay bills on time. He said that everyone could participate in government’s campaign by depositing their bill.
Despite Energy Minister having announced for not cutting electricity connections of defaulters the campaign to cut connection was still going on in many cities including Lucknow and that too for outstanding of Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000.