FOIJ urges LG to extend power amnesty scheme


Jammu: Chairman, Federation of Industries Jammu (FOIJ), has drawn the attention of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and Principal Secretary, Power Development Department, Rohit Kansal towards industrial sector of Jammu & Kashmir, which is still suffering due to ongoing COVID-19 situation, as a number of units have not availed power amnesty scheme which was valid till November 30, 2020 due to financial crunch.
It is pertinent to mention here that a numbers of cases of industrial units are pending with Power Development Department due to dispute in respect of power arrears of units, which were closed since long but the Department has charged Minimum Demand charges along with compounded Interest, from the date of disconnection, whereas as per JKSERC tariff only simple Interest should be charged.
The members of Federation urged Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and Rohit Kansal to consider their request for extension of power amnesty scheme as notified by Govt. order no- 140-JKPDD-2020 dated August 28, 2020 which was extended up to November 30, 2020. The members requested for extending the scheme up to March 31, 2022 which will help in recovery of long pending arrears of Power Development Department. They also requested the Department to notify Samadhan scheme for settlement of old pending cases in respect of Industrial units.