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Delivering on yet another poll promise, the Aam Aadmi Party government on Tuesday announced a 50% subsidy on power consumption up to 400 units in Delhi, and was well on course to order a CAG audit into the finances of three private power distribution companies.
The decision to subsidise power tariff, which will involve a cash outgo of R61 crore in the next three months, was announced by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal after a meeting of the cabinet.
The subsidy, one of the major promises of AAP during the Assembly elections, will benefit 28 lakh consumers.
The cut in the electricity tariff came a day after Kejriwal announced supply of 20 kilolitres of water free of cost, another key election promise made by AAP.
Questioned on the subsidy that will be available only for three months, Kejriwal said a further decision would be available only after the audit report.
He said the cabinet would meet tomorrow after the three companies submit to the government their views on the proposal for audit of their finances.
"Only after studying their replies we will take a decision whether to audit or not," he said.
To a question on whether the government has the right to decide on slashing power tariff when a regulator was there, the chief minister shot back saying the government can provide subsidy.