AAP Promises Audit of Pvt Discoms If They Win

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AAP Promises Audit of Pvt Discoms If They Win
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Aam Aadmi Party today said an audit of the accounts of private power distribution companies will be ordered if the party comes to power in Delhi assembly elections.

Alleging monopoly of a few power distribution companies in Delhi, AAP leader Ashish Khetan said competition will be encouraged among electricity suppliers so that consumers benefit.

"There is monopoly of a few private power players in the national capital and there is no competition at all. Once we come to power, we will ensure that there is competition," Khetan said.

AAP also released a 'White Paper on Electricity' giving the party's views on the sector.

Khetan challenged BJP's Chief Ministerial nominee Kiran Bedi to a debate on the issue of power and alleged overcharging by the discoms.

"Previous regimes in the national capital didn't order an audit of discoms and regulate the cost of power generation. These companies show transmission losses or theft of power and many such expenses but there has not been any audit. Once we come to power, we will order audit of these discoms," Khetan said.

In the white paper, the party said certain discoms have a debt of Rs 11,432 crore. There is a need for immediate intervention to square off this debt, it said.

"There are three ways to address the issue. The first option is that the Centre provides the funds to liquidate regulatory assets, second one would be Delhi government making the payments to the discoms and last one would be consumers pay by way of increased tariff. So what is the stand of BJP on this issue?"

The Kejriwal government had in January last year ordered a CAG audit of the accounts of the discoms.

Khetan also suggested that with the increasing demand of power in the national capital, Delhi government should set up power generation plants.

Meanwhile, speaking on a separate issue, AAP leader Yogendra Yadav alleged Haryana government has issued an order to all government schools in the state to remain closed and make sure that all students and teachers take part in the PM's 'Beti Bachao Beti Padahao' campaign.

Showing a copy of Haryana government's order to schools, Yadav said, "We are not against this campaign but we oppose Haryana government's attitude and the way they are forcing the schools to remain closed and asking the teachers to make sure they along with students take part in the PM Narendra Modi's rallies."

Government will organise 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' awareness drives in 100 districts of the country tomorrow, including 12 of Haryana where the number of girl child is dismally low.

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