New Delhi: In the midst of a power outage, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal stated on Thursday that subsidised electricity in the national capital will be provided only to those who request it. The new rule will go into effect on October 1.
“Now cheap electricity will be optional in Delhi. From October 1, the Delhi government to provide electricity subsidies to only those who ask for it. We will give options to people whether or not they need electricity subsidy,” Kejriwal announced in a press conference.
He added that “the work of asking people about subsidised electricity will begin soon.”At present, consumers in the national capital get ”zero” power bill up to 200 units of electricity and a subsidy of Rs 800 on consuming 201 to 400 units of power per month.
During the press conference, Kejriwal also revealed that the Delhi cabinet has passed the ‘Delhi Startup Policy,’ which will assist Delhi youth in running a business in Delhi with the help of government financial assistance.
“Creating entrepreneurs and business leaders out of our youth is a subject very close to my heart. Our youth has tremendous potential. Given the right opportunities, they can compete with anyone in the world. Not just India, we will see Delhi become the startup destination of the world,” added the Delhi CM.”
“The government will provide financial help to start-ups through a collateral-free loan, financial parts of rent and employee salaries. It will form a panel of agencies and experts to provide free help to new start-ups in trademark registration and fulfilling other formalities,” he said.
Kejriwal said that the Business Blaster program, currently being run in Delhi government schools, will be extended to college students so they could work on their business ideas.
According to Kejriwal, students of state-run institutes can take off for 1-2 years to focus on a business.”The 20-member task force, having a government officer, academics and business and trade representatives, will decide on registration applications from start-ups,” Kejriwal said.
(With Inputs from ANI)