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Business News/ News / India/  Karnataka: Congress govt to launch schemes for free electricity, Rs2,000 monthly aid to women

The Congress government in Karnataka will launch free electricity scheme 'Gruha Jyoti' on August 1 and the 'Gruha Lakshmi' scheme that provides 2,000 assistance per month to women identified as heads of families on August 17 or 18, chief minister Siddaramaiah said on Thursday.

The announcement was made after Siddaramaiah held a high level meeting. Both the schemes are part of five poll guarantees of the Congress.

The government is planning to launch the Gruha Jyoti scheme on August 1 at Kalaburgi, while discussions were held to launch the Gruha Lakshmi scheme on August 17 or 18 in Belagavi. 

Siddaramaiah instructed the officials to simplify the application process for all guarantee schemes, and avoid asking unnecessary information and documents. Also, if applications are rejected, appropriate reasons should be cited, he said, as he warned the officials against rejecting them for silly reasons.

Since a large number of applications are expected to be submitted for all the guarantee schemes, the CM directed the officials of the e-governance department to increase the capacity of the Seva Sindhu portal in accordance with the huge amount of data submitted, his office said in a release.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Siddaramaiah clarified that officers have been directed to extend Gruha Jyoti, fee power scheme to tenants also.

For the Gruha Lakshmi scheme, women from below poverty line (BPL) and above poverty line (APL) families can apply, but tax payers and GST registered families cannot avail this facility, he said. 

Registration for the Gruha Jyoti scheme can be done through Seva Sindhu Portal. In addition, help desks will be established in all ESCOMs (Electricity Supply Companies). The registration process will start from June 15. Application can be submitted through Bangalore One, Karnataka One, Gram One centers and also at home through computer or mobile app. New house owners or new tenants will also be given free electricity facilities based on the state average of electricity consumption, the release said quoting the CM. 

Once the average of one year is available, based on this data, free electricity will be provided.

(With inputs from PTI) 

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Updated: 08 Jun 2023, 08:18 PM IST
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