The Kerala State Electricity Board Limited (KSEB) has decided to provide terminally ill patients on life support systems with free power. The KSEB scheme launched last year had limited the amount of free power to 100 units, but the Board has now decided not to bill the quantum of electricity consumed by such equipment. Some life-saving equipment such as oxygen concentrators consume 200 to 250 units of power every month. The scheme is applicable for a variety of systems like suction machines and electrically operated air beds, a Board official said.
Domestic consumers, who need this support, can approach respective electrical section offices with the certificate from a government medical practitioner stating that the life-supporting system is essential for the survival of the patient.
The KSEB is in the process of estimating the number of deserving patients and the cost they have to bear on account of the scheme.
"Since the Health Department does not have a ready-made list of such patients, the Board is awaiting applications from the general public. Hopefully more people will now benefit from the revised scheme," said Dinesh D, Chief Engineer (Commercial and Tariff), KSEB. It will take two to three months to give a final shape to the scheme, he said.
As per the GO issued on February 13 this year, the revenue shortfall incurred by the Board, on account of excess power consumption over and above 100 units per patient for a month, will be compensated by the government.
Source- Indian express