May 14, 2020

Rajasthan: Inflated electricity bills add to woes of people already reeling under lockdown

Rajasthan: Inflated electricity bills add to woes of people already reeling under lockdown


Amid the lockdown blues, several people in Jaipur have alleged that they have received inflated electricity bills and that their complaints have gone unheard.

A flock of pigeons seen outside the Chandpol Bazar, closed due to the national lockdown, in Jaipur. (Photo: PTI)

Amid the lockdown blues, several people in Jaipur have alleged that they have received inflated electricity bills and that their complaints have gone unheard.

India Today TV spoke to some people who have been complaining of inflated electricity bills. They said they have been charged twice, thrice, and some even more, than the amount they normally used to pay usually for electricity.

Several people also mentioned that they tried approaching the concerned officials but were told that their complaints will not be heard during the lockdown, asking them to come later.

“I used to get a bill of up to Rs 200 to 450. I paid the bill. After that, I received a bill showing 62 units and a payable amount of Rs 2,700. I had gone to the concerned office but they said that nothing will happen this month now,” Ramesh Chand, a consumer told India Today TV.

He said that the officials asked him to visit next month as they won’t be able to entertain his complaint this month.

Among the complainants are some of those who have been rendered unemployed due to lockdown and are now staring at an excruciating summer ahead with the threat of power connections being disconnected, looming large, if they do not pay the power bills.

“My bill Is of Rs 3,050. Where should I pay it from? I am an unemployed person. Before the lockdown, it used to range between Rs 5 to 700, which I used to pay immediately. But this time around, it is Rs 3,050. Where should I pay it from?” a consumer said.

“Sir, my bill is of Rs 2,050. I had paid the last bill, had received a confirmation message on my mobile. I had paid only after confirming the bill number. In the recent bill, there is no mention of the record of last month’s unit. I asked the bill person. He said that the bill is of two months. What happened to the payment that I made last time?” said another puzzled consumer.

The Rajasthan government had earlier announced that power bills in the state will be deferred for two months due to lockdown imposed in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

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