Chandigarh: Haryana Government has decided in-principle to make regular payment of electricity bills mandatory for applying for government jobs and issuance and renewal of arms licence.
Besides, the regular payment of power bills will be binding for those looking to purchase land plots and passing of blueprint and construction of building at plots measuring 250 sq. Yards and more in sectors of Haryana Urban Development Authority and Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation.
A decision to this effect was taken in a meeting of power utilities held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary D S Dhesi here today.
It was informed in meeting that 1.10 lakh consumers had paid outstanding bills to the tune of about Rs 400 crore under the Surcharge Waiver Scheme till December 31, 2016. This Surcharge Waiver Scheme was introduced on November 20,2016.
In view of the overwhelming response received from the consumers, the scheme has been extended till January 31, 2017, an official release said giving details of the meeting.
Notably, the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government had earlier made the condition of payment of power bills mandatory for contesting elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions and Urban Local Bodies.