A government official said that more than 38 lakh people in order to take benefits from the Madhya Pradesh government’s subsidized power scheme and outstanding power bill waiver scheme have registered themselves within 10 days of the launch of the scheme.

Our sources said that the unskilled workers that come under unorganized sector of the state will be benefited as they will have to pay only Rs 200 as their monthly bills according to the Mukhyamantri Jan Kalyan (Sambal) Yojana 2018 which is a subsidized power scheme.

Besides this, the government’s another policy named as Bijli Bill Mafi Yojana is a power bill waiver scheme according to which previous dues of the unskilled workers and poor families residing in unorganized sector of the state would be forgiven under this beneficial scheme. Both of the schemes that are provided by the government are in the favor of poor families and unskilled workers and the schemes have been initiated from the 1st of this month, said our sources.

“Under the subsidized power scheme, over 14.55 lakh people have so far registered themselves, while under the power bill waiver scheme, 24.41 lakh consumers have registered their names to avail the benefits. Over 38.90 lakh consumers have registered themselves for these two power schemes collectively. The scheme was approved by the state cabinet on June 5”, a public relations department official said.

The official further explained that under the subsidized power scheme, only the registered unskilled labors and poor families who are neither using air conditioners nor they have electric heaters in their house will be benefited from the scheme. He further continued and said that the Below Poverty Line (BPL) families who are residing in unorganized sectors and have power consumption which is below  1000 watts will come under the scheme and will be provided electricity at a cost of Rs 200 per month. With this scheme, the beneficiaries are only allowed to use fans, televisions, and bulbs.

The official ended the conversation saying that more than 88 lakh families residing in the state are said to be benefited from these schemes.