Scindia says Gujarat govt selling power, but keeping state in dark

Jyotiraditya Scindia

Congress leader and Union Power Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Friday rapped state government for selling off electricity to other states while at the same time depriving its people of electricity.

Scindia, who was on a visit to Vadodara to address public rallies, said the state was charging exorbitantly for electricity from household and several villages have no access to power. "Centre provides 3,000 MW power to Gujarat every year and offers Rs 360 crore under Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana. I am sad to learn that Gujarat sells 835 MW electricity to other states and make a profit of Rs 50 crore every day, which multiplies to Rs 1,700 crore in a year," he said.

"Yet, several villages have no access to electricity. If Congress comes to power, all those 10 lakh people whose applications for electricity connection are not entertained will get electricity...18,000 villages will be provide with solar power," he added.

He said he was surprised to learn that while Rajasthan charges 5% tax on household power supply, and Haryana only 4%, Gujarat was charging 20%.

He also rubbished state government's development claims, backing it by hard data. "People talk of development in Gujarat. I understand that Gujarat is a developed state, but this has not happened in the last nine years alone. Gujaratis have made their names not just in India but all over the world, and this is not a recent phenomenon," he said.

"I am here to tell you that if you want actual development in Gujarat, then you will have to change the meaning of politics. When NDA government was at Centre, then Gujarat was given Rs 1,800 crore per year, and this increased to Rs 10,000 crore under Manmohan Singh government. But I will tell you most of the money that the Centre gives to the state go into the pocket of BJP leaders," he said.

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