"As they cater to general public, their accounts must be audited by CAG and made public," said senior MLA Jagdish Mukhi, accusing discoms of "fooling" people by showing fictitious accounts that show them making losses. "Power bills are the most burning issue in the city with power tariff going up by 600% ever since privatization. With the Delhi government interfering in the working of DERC, its role has been restrained," alleged the BJP leader.
Countering the attack on CAG issue, power minister Haroon Yusuf said the government had already given an affidavit to the Delhi high court giving its approval for it and is waiting for the court's decision.
The opposition MLAs also came down on the government for failing to provide 24X7 power supply despite 10 years of privatization. "Privatization was brought in on the name of containing losses and giving 24X7 power supply. However, 10 years later while the supply still does not meet demand, electricity prices have gone up by many times," said Ramesh Bidhuri, a BJP MLA.
Bidhuri further slammed discoms, saying they had promised to make profits by covering AT&C losses and not by inflating bills. "On one hand, they claim that they have brought down losses by up to 50% and then they continue to increase tariff," he said.
Yusuf said Mukhi's allegation of 600% increase in the tariff is incorrect. "Average power purchase cost has gone up by 248% from 2007-08 to 2012-13, while the hike in tariff has been 122%. The government is providing subsidy of Re 1 per unit to a total of 58.63% consumers i.e. 19,88,401 families, on consumption of monthly power up to 200 units," he said, adding that the tariff is decided by DERC and not the government.