Positive fallout: Haryana candidates rush to pay power bills

The Supreme Court may have stayed the Haryana law making, among other things, the payment of electricity bills mandatory for civic election candidates – but the announcement of the new law has had an unexpected side-benefit.

Electricity bills amounting to around Rs5.5 crore has been deposited in the district in the last 10 days following Haryana government's move making 'no dues clearance' from the power department compulsory to file nomination for Panchayat polls.

The amount, which has been deposited in the last 10 days is more than what is received in the whole month, a power department official said.

Special 'no dues counters' were being opened at the power department's sub-division level offices with details of defaulters, for the people to deposit their dues and obtain the clearance, the official said.

According to electricity department data, Jind district ranked first in the state in outstanding bill amount.

The Haryana government's move would help expedite recovery of overdue amount and profit the power department, the official said.