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MVA govt. lacks interest to provide relief: Raj Thackeray on inflated bill issue

After the state energy minister declared that the government cannot provide any relief over the inflated bills during lockdown, MNS along with the BJP, has been demanding concessions in the bills citing the economic distress caused due to COVID-19.

MVA govt. lacks interest to provide relief: Raj Thackeray on inflated bill issue
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The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Thursday, November 26, appealed the people of Maharashtra not to pay inflated electricity bills.

"It is my appeal to the people that they should not pay inflated electricity bills," Thackeray said in a letter on the inflated power bill issue to the Mumbai district collector where he demanded relief for consumers. "If any official from the power distribution company tries to cut the connection, the company will have to face our strong protest,” he added.

After the state energy minister Nitin Raut declared that the government cannot provide any relief or compensation over the inflated bills during lockdown, MNS along with the BJP, has been demanding concessions in the bills citing the economic distress caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

"An MNS delegation had met state energy minister but the outcome was not promising. We even went to the governor who expressed disappointment over the state government's lack of interest in offering some relief," he mentioned in the letter.

The party has been highlighting complaints about many consumers receiving unusually high bills. "I request the state government to be reasonable and offer some concessions in bill payment," Thackeray said while talking to reporters.

The MNS also held statewide protests in cities like Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nashik, Nagpur and Aurangabad, seeking bill waiver. Around 200 party workers were detained in Thane city on November 24.

Read here: Power bill issue: MNS stages statewide protest march, party workers detained

Days after hinting at a major relief to those facing the issue of inflated power bills, the electricity consumers received a huge shock as the Maharashtra Energy Minister Nitin Raut  announced that the government will not be able to provide any relaxation in the inflated electricity bills that consumers received post-lockdown considering the overall situation of MSEDCL, which is facing a debt and huge loss.

Also Read : 'No relaxation in the inflated electricity bills': Energy minister Nitin Raut

Later, Raut at a recently held press conference expressed his grievances stating that the government is serious about waiver and is considering solutions to ensure no harm to the consumers. 

Read more: Nitin Raut sheds light on the waiver issue related to the inflated electricity bills

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