CM Siddaramaiah and energy minister KJ George on Tuesday confirmed that tenants, too, will get the benefit of the scheme if they are consuming less than 200 units of power in a month.
“All households, including rented ones, that are consuming less than 200 units of power will be covered under the scheme, and one need not worry about it. Only commercial buildings are not covered by the scheme,” Siddaramaiah said.
George said owners must disclose how many houses have been given on rent, along with RR (revenue register) numbers of each house and the years the tenant has been in that house. The tenants should upload this disclosure along with their Aadhaar number, rental agreement, and RR numbers of their houses on the Seva Sindhu portal.
“Once the application gets cleared in the verification process, the tenants will get free power for up to 200 units. Those who do not register on the portal will not get the benefit, and owners can get the benefit only for one RR number. This has been done to avoid people misusing the scheme by using fake rental agreements. The mandatory registration also provides an opportunity for those who do not wish to avail themselves of the scheme,” George (in pic) said.
Owners of houses who have not paid property tax are not eligible for the scheme, the minister added.
On the estimated number of beneficiaries of the scheme, the minister said there are 2.15 crore RR numbers in the state, and the exact number of households which wish to avail the benefit will be known once the verification process is completed.