Pay Jaipur Electricity Bill Online to get incentive says Jaipur Discom

Pay Jaipur Electricity Bill Online to get incentive says Jaipur Discom

100 will be selected through a lottery system for bills not exceeding Rs 20,000.

Jaipur Discom is ready to provide incentive to consumers who pay their bills online. To encourage digitalisation, online payment of JVVNL bill will fetch consumers an incentive. As per the plan, a lottery system would be undertaken wherein selected 100 consumers will be given an incentive of Rs 5,000. The bill amount must not exceed Rs20,000 is the only condition.

"The plan is a part of the Jaipur discom discussion and we want to encourage consumers to pay Jaipur electricity bill online via digital mode which would eventually reduce our other costs.” said, Managing director of Jaipur discom RG Gupta.

This will cost Rs 5 lakhs to Jaipur discom every month and Rs 60 lakhs in a year. Still discom officials are of the view that it will benefit the discom indirectly as various costs for collection of the electricity bill will be gradually reduced if the consumers start making the Jaipur electricity bill payment digitally.

A meeting was held by the ministry of power in Delhi, where all the states of the country were asked to promote digital payments in billing. The billing of consumers is one of the largest revenues made by discom and if big number of consumers pay JVVNL bill via online mode, it will help in making India digital.

The consumers while making online payment by visiting the Jaipur discom website through debit card or credit card pay some extra amount as banks also deduct some charges on the total amount paid.

The incentive is planned to be either Rs5,000 or the bill amount of the consumer, whichever is less. For example, if a consumer with a bill of Rs 3,000 makes the Jaipur electricity bill payment online, he will get an incentive of Rs 3,000 and not Rs 5,000 and the incentive amount will be adjusted in the next bill of the consumer.

Power subsidy turns cash, will go to bank accounts in Chennai

Power subsidy turns cash, will go to bank accounts in Chennai

Power consumers in Chennai will soon get their power subsidy credited into their bank accounts just as the same procedure applies to that of cooking gas subsidies.

Tangedco has submitted a proposal to the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) for crediting power subsidy to bank accounts of benefitting consumers. After the approval from the TNERC, it would be introduced as a pilot project in Chennai. As per a senior Tangedco official, "Power subsidy must be deposited directly into the consumer's bank account as per the smart city proposal. Chennai would be the first city in the country where consumers will have this facility, if the plan is approved. Before the commencement of the project, consumers bank accounts will be linked to their repective power billing systems".

Tamil Nadu domestic power consumers get two types of Govt. subsidies. After the increase in tariffs in December 2014, Govt. of Tamil Nadu announced no tariff hike for domestic consumers up to 500 units. After the assembly elections win in 2016, chief minister J Jayalalithaa said that first 100 units consumed by domestic consumers would be free of cost. The consumers need to first pay the full amount without any subsidy. Now the TN government will credit the subsidy in the consumers' bank accounts. Tangedco was paid 8,131.56 crore as subsidy for domestic consumers, farmers and huts last year by the Tamil Nadu government. This year the power subsidy is estimated to be around 8,538.14 crore. An article is available on TNEB online Payment

For consumers, it could be bad as they have to shell out of their pocket at the first time. But Tangedco cash flow will be better, because the government provides subsidy only at the end of the financial year.

Out of the 1.92 crore domestic consumers in Tamil Nadu, at least 75 lakh to 80 lakh domestic consumer connections are in Chennai city. Nearly 60% of the Tangedco's revenue comes from domestic consumers. The plan is now only for Chennai city as a pilot project which could be extended later to other cities that have develop under smart cities.