Speaking on the occasion of the birth anniversary celebrations of Babu Jagjivan Ram on Monday, the energy secretary said that the government has extended free power, up to 200 units, to around 11.7 lakh scheduled caste and 2.22 lakh scheduled tribe families.
The free power scheme would also applicable to new colonies of SC/ST categories. The government is also providing free power, up to 100 units per month, to the most backward classes, including 150 units for dhobi ghats, 150 units for laundries, 100 units for goldsmith workers, and 150 units for saloons, rolled gold workers and handloom workers, sugar cane crushers and rural horticulture nurseries,” said Srikant.
“The focus of the reforms in the power sector is on the welfare of downtrodden sector. The government has also agreed to bear a burden of Rs 9,091 crore for 2021-22 as the subsidy for providing free power to agriculture consumers and domestic consumers as well. As electricity is the fuel for the economic growth, the state government is giving utmost priority to strengthen this sector,” said Srikant.