The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) on Friday issued a round levying two per cent “panchayat tax” on energy payments for customers who fall throughout the limits of the agricultural our bodies within the state, organising the stage for a recent confrontation between the BJP-JJP alliance authorities and the farmers already protesting in opposition to the three central agri legal guidelines.

However, the state authorities, in a reduction to industries, companies and different customers in view of the lockdown imposed to include second surge of Covid-19, has determined to waive off the mounted prices and lengthen the invoice cost dates.

The discom stated that state Division of Improvement and Panchayat had issued a round relating to levying 2 per cent panchayat tax on energy invoice of client throughout the limits of the gram panchayat from January 28, 2021. “ The matter has been thought-about by the board of administrators, whereby it has been determined that the Nigam, henceforth, shall recuperate assortment prices on the price of 5 per cent (plus GST) from the realized Panchayat Tax in respect of the areas falling underneath municipal companies solely and never from different areas,” the discom stated within the notification.

Haryana BKU chief Gurnam Singh Chaduni termed the transfer as “one other ploy of the state authorities to pressurize” the farmers. “It’s blatantly fallacious to levy any further surcharge or tax on consumption of electrical energy throughout the areas of gram panchayats,” he stated.

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It was in December final 12 months that the Haryana cupboard had authorized the decison determined to levy the 2 per cent Panchayat Tax “to enhance the monetary assets of gram panchayats”. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had stated that the transfer would “garner a further Rs 100-125 crore yearly for the panchayats which then can be utilized of their developmental work”. The opposition, nevertheless, had slammed the transfer demanding its instant roll again.

Within the notification it has issued, the UHBN stated, “Panchayat Tax on the price of two per cent of the electrical energy invoice (i.e. vitality prices + mounted prices + FSA) shall be levied for the consumption of electrical energy consumed by any client throughout the limits of gram panchayat w.e.f. from January 28, 2021”.

This tax, nevertheless, is not going to will apply on “consumption of electrical energy by the Authorities of India or whether it is consumed within the building, upkeep or operation of any railway by the Centre or on consumption by agriculture customers throughout the limits of gram panchayats within the state,” it added.

“The quantity realized shall be first adjusted in opposition to the electrical energy payments of the respective gram panchayats and steadiness quantity, if any, shall be refunded by UHBVN. The gathering prices on the price of 5 per cent plus GST shall proceed to be recovered within the municipal committee/ company areas,” it stated.

On reduction given to the “customers to mitigate the hardship confronted by them due to the lockdown imposed from Might 3, 2021 to June 21, 2021 to include the unfold of Covid-19,” it stated “the due dates for cost of electrical energy payments for all classes of electrical energy customers the place it falls from Might 3 until June 21 shall be prolonged upto June 30, with none surcharge”.

The notification additional mentions that the “mounted prices for HT and LT provide customers (industrial and business solely having load greater than 20 kv) for the months of April, Might and June, 2021 shall be waived off, offered that the month-to-month electrical energy consumption is 50 per cent or lower than the common electrical energy consumption within the month of January, February and March, 2021”.

It additional stated that if the mounted prices are upto Rs 40,000 per 30 days, the buyer shall be given profit by waiving off his/her precise mounted prices or Rs 10,000 per 30 days or whichever is decrease within the payments of April, Might and June. Additionally, 25 per cent of the mounted prices within the payments of April, Might and June shall be waived off in case the month-to-month mounted prices are greater than Rs. 40,000.

On waiver of month-to-month minimal prices for April, Might and June, it mentions, “LT industrial and business customers whose related load is lower than 20 kw are liable to pay month-to-month minimal prices on the price of Rs 185 per kw (Rs 235 per kw for agro-industries). It has been determined to scale back the month-to-month minimal prices by 50 per cent offered the month-to-month consumption for the interval for April, Might and June is lower than 50 per cent of common month-to-month consumption”.

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