AIPEF condemns the non-payment of PSPCL by the Punjab Government. Ludhiana News – Times of India

Patiala: All India Power Engineers Federation ,AIPEF) In a letter to Punjab Chief Minister and Finance Minister, Punjab urged to release the outstanding payments Punjab State Electricity Corporation Limited (PSPCL) Due to increased power subsidy due to waiver of dues of domestic consumers, benefits extended to domestic and industrial consumers.
VK Gupta’s spokesperson AIPEF said that due to non-payment by the Punjab government, the financial position of PSPCL is continuously deteriorating and a situation may be reached where payment of salaries of employees may come under question. Corrective action should be taken by the Punjab Government on an immediate basis.
PSERC The tariff order for the financial year 2021-22 worked out a total subsidy of Rs 17,796 crore including the dues of the previous year and clearly mentioned that Rs 1386.33 crore for April and May and Rs 1502.36 crore per month from June to March 2022 should be paid. Every month in advance.
Now PSPCL has submitted Revised Subsidy Payment Estimate of Rs 12,245 crore for the year 2021-22 in ARR for the next financial year. On this basis the total subsidy amount payable to PSPCL comes to Rs 19,420 crore and the government has paid Rs 9,395 crore till December 15 this year.
After the issuance of the tariff order for 2021-22, if the state government gives any additional subsidy to any category of consumers, it is up to the government to file a petition before the PSERC for amendment in the tariff order. The present practice of the Government of Punjab as well as PSPCL to bypass the PSERC is against section 65 of the Electricity Act 2003 and hence illegal
The Punjab government has given 50 percent rebate in the fixed charge of MS consumers. 3.00 per unit including excise duty to domestic consumers with load up to 7KW, and 300 units free per month to heirs of freedom fighters and waiver of dues for domestic consumers with load up to 2KW.
The total profit for the current financial year is Rs 2,759 crore. Electricity bills of about two thousand crore rupees are also pending with the government departments. The total dues payable to PSPCL in this financial year is around Rs 13,160 crore.