The Indu Makkal Katchi has posted false information that electricity is being provided free of cost to the people of Kashmir till date!

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Did you know that electricity was free in Kashmir since independence, Not anymore !!

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Indu Makkal Katchi has tweeted that electricity has been provided free of cost to the people of Kashmir for more than 70 years since India gained independence.

In addition, ‘Samayam Tamil’ has published a piece of news, “The people of Kashmir have been getting free electricity since independence. Deputy Governor Manoj Sinha has said that electricity will be charged from now on.”

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Following this, many people have been sharing on social media that the people of Kashmir have been given free electricity for 70 years.

What is the truth?

A search on the website of Kashmir Electricity Corporation Limited, to check if it distributes electricity free of cost to the people of Kashmir, revealed the approved tariffs for domestic customers. According to the Tariff Order Distribution 2007-08, the price of electricity is fixed at Rs. 1.15 per unit up to 100 units.

What did the Deputy Governor say?

On June 23, a video of the speech of the Deputy Governor of Kashmir was published on the ‘Excelsior’ News channel titled “It’s criminal to not pay electricity bills.”

In the video, he said, “Electricity is no longer available to those who are not willing to pay for it.” His speech did not directly mention Kashmiris. He clearly mentions ‘those who do not pay.’

Deputy Governor Manoj Sinha has said that electricity will have to be paid for. However, it started going viral when some web pages published that free electricity is being provided in Kashmir till now.

Electricity is not provided free of cost in Kashmir. There is a problem that a certain number of residents in the Kashmir Valley do not pay their electricity bills.

Moreover, the Electricity Board, which supplies power to parts of Jammu and Kashmir, continues to face losses. Last May, it was reported that the Jammu & Kashmir Electricity Board had recommended raising electricity tariffs to offset the losses. In this situation, the Deputy Governor has said that there is no electricity for those who do not pay their electricity bills.

Conclusion

Information and rumours circulating that the people of Kashmir have been getting free electricity since independence are false. Electricity in Jammu and Kashmir is not free, it is charged. It is learned that the Deputy Governor of Jammu and Kashmir has said that there is no electricity for those who do not pay their electricity bills.

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