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Power bill plan publicity plea

Bihar State Power (Holding) Company Limited (BSPHCL) has directed all district magistrates to give adequate publicity to a one-time settlement scheme launched this month to mop up dues and improve revenue collection.

BSPHCL chairperson-cum-managing director Sandeep Poundrik has written a letter to district magistrates (DMs) to hold camps to realise/collect dues on account of electricity tariff under the scheme. The one-time settlement scheme has been made applicable from February 10, 2014, and would continue till May 31, 2014.

The scheme talks about full or partial waiver of delayed payment surcharge for consumers whose connections have been snapped for non-payment of bills. Delayed payment surcharge is an interest component charged on the principal amount of electricity dues of a consumer.

The circular said the scheme would benefit those whose dues comprise huge chunk of delayed payment surcharge. The circular also requested the DMs to organise special camps to make the scheme successful.

According to the scheme, cent per cent delayed payment surcharge amount would be waived off for consumers from rural areas, those under the Kutir Jyoti scheme and for people from BPL category, while 75 per cent delayed payment surcharge would be waived off for urban users and 50 per cent for industrial consumers.

The company has also issued a toll-free helpline number 18003456198 on which the consumers can avail more information on the scheme.


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