The government has decided to provide free electricity to the poor consumers consuming up to 20 units.
Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Pampha Bhusal told a press conference on Wednesday that the decision was taken by the Board of Directors of Nepal Electricity Authority.
“As the decision on tariff will be taken by the Electricity Regulatory Commission, a proposal has been sent there. The tariff rate will be applicable from the day the commission decides,” she said.
Accordingly, customers who consume only 20 units per month will have to pay only a demand fee of Rs 30.
Minister Bhusal said that the decision was taken to provide relief to the poor.
“This will make a significant contribution to raising the living standards of 388,000 home-grown farmers,” she said.
Now, in case of high demand for electricity in Deep Tubewell, 50 percent discount will be given and at other times, 80 percent discount will be given.
The ministry claims that 75,000 household farmers will benefit from the operation of the tube wells at full capacity, increase crop density and agricultural production and contribute to food security and trade deficit reduction.
“If the deep tubewell that was not operational due to the arrears of electricity tariff comes into operation again, the power line will be reconnected by waiving the fine,” she said.
Farmers who use surface water lift technology in agriculture will be given a 50 percent discount during high demand and an 80 percent discount at other times.
Minister Bhusal said that this will help in the widespread expansion of cash crops.