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KPDCL Extends Amnesty Scheme For Domestic Consumers In Jammu & Kashmir

KPDCL (Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited) has extended its amnesty scheme for domestic consumers in Jammu & Kashmir. The scheme allows consumers to clear outstanding electricity dues in easy installments without late payment surcharges. Disconnected connections can be restored by paying only the principal amount.

Finalization of Eligible Consumers

  • KPDCL has instructed its staff to finalize the list of eligible domestic consumers who can avail benefits under the extended amnesty scheme.
  • This ensures transparency and facilitates smooth implementation of the scheme.

Last Extension Announcement

  • KPDCL emphasizes that this is likely the final extension of the amnesty scheme.
  • No further extensions will be granted after this, highlighting the urgency for consumers to avail themselves of the benefits.

Awareness Campaign

  • KPDCL officials have been tasked with spreading awareness about the amnesty scheme at the local level.
  • The aim is to inform and educate consumers about the benefits they can avail themselves of, thus enabling more households to benefit from the initiative.

Historical Context: Previous Amnesty Scheme

  • The Managing Director of Jammu Power Distribution Corporation Limited (JPDCL), Shiv Anant Tayal, introduced the Power Amnesty Scheme in 2022.
  • The scheme aimed to waive 100 percent interest surcharge accumulated on outstanding bills until March 2022 for domestic consumers.
  • It provided an opportunity for consumers to clear their dues in installments by September 2023, thus avoiding penalties, legal actions, and power disconnections.

Impact and Expectations

  • The previous scheme was expected to benefit over 3 lakh domestic power consumers across the Jammu Region.
  • It was approved by the Administrative Council headed by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, recognizing the need to alleviate the financial burden on households, particularly amidst the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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