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No free power to domestic users, says AP Minister

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Hyderabad , July 12

THE State Finance Minister, Mr K. Rosaiah, categorically stated on Monday that there was no proposal with the Government to supply free power to domestic consumers to a certain determined consumption level. There was also no proposal to give subsidy to the consumers who use up to 50 units of power.

He, however, said the Government was examining the feasibility of giving free power to rural homes with a single bulb. "We are conducting a survey to ascertain the number of such homes and the financial commitment required to take a decision," the Minister told the Legislative Assembly.

Replying to questions raised by Dr N. Janardhana Reddy of the Telugu Desam Party during Question Hour, Mr Rosaiah said the Government was working on a policy on the free power issue for effective implementation and would come up with it shortly.

With reference to lift irrigation schemes, the Minister said the Government had issued orders for free power supply to farmers.

For lift irrigation schemes (other than government schemes), the Government is providing additional subsidy against the expected revenue of Rs 7.61 crore for this category of consumers.

For government schemes, the entire tariff of Rs 30.67 crore will be paid through the Irrigation Department's budget.

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