Defaulter electricity consumers in the State will once again get some solace as the State cabinet on Wednesday decided to reintroduce the one-time settlement scheme (OTS) to clear arrears by which interest component and other penal fines are waived.
As per the decision taken by the cabinet, the OTS scheme will be in force for six months.
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant who addressed the media after the cabinet meeting said, the reintroduction of the One-Time Settlement (OTS) Scheme for Electricity Bills was approved.
Sawant said, an aggregate of Rs 402 crore is due to the Electricity Department in arrears of past consumption and unpaid bills from the consumers.
The chief minister recalled that when the scheme was introduced last year, many consumers were unable to avail it for various reasons, including because of restrictions on movement of people due to the pandemic.
Over 17,000 consumers are in arrears of paying the power bills and thus eligible for waivers of interest and penal amounts through the OTS scheme.