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LG approves power subsidy for lawyers with chambers

NEW DELHI: Lawyers, who have chambers in court premises in Delhi, will now be able to get Delhi government's power subsidy, with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal giving his nod to a Cabinet's decision on it.
Until now, lawyers' chambers would fall in non-domestic category following which advocates were not getting the power subsidy.
In 13 October, Delhi Cabinet had approved the power department's proposal to provide subsidy to those lawyers who have chambers in court premises.
It was a pre-poll promise of the Aam Aadmi Party in 2015 to provide power subsidy to lawyers on the lines of domestic consumers.
"The Lieutenant Governor is pleased to extend the provisions of electricity subsidy to the individual lawyers having their chambers inside all the court complexes in NCT of Delhi through a special subsidy scheme," the power department said in its order.
"Through this special subsidy scheme, the lawyer chambers will be subsidised from their existing non-domestic tariff category to that of domestic tariff category for financial year 2017-18 (with effect from October 1, 2018, to March 31, 2018)," said a senior government official.
As per the scheme, those consuming up to 400 units get 50 per cent subsidy on their bills. Around 36 lakh or 90 per cent of the consumers in the national capital are benefited by the scheme.
Under the current tariff regime, consumers are divided into 12 categories, including domestic, non-domestic, industrial and agricultural. While lawyers utilise domestic connections while working from their residences, provided the area used for professional activity does not exceed what is permitted under Delhi Master Plan 2021, their chambers in court complexes fall under the non-domestic category.
Domestic category users pay Rs 4 per unit up to 200 units, Rs 5.95 between 201-400 units, Rs 7.3 between 401-800 units, Rs 8.1 between 801-1,200 and Rs 8.75 per unit for consumption above 1,200 units. Non-domestic users are charged Rs 8.8 per unit for a connection up to 10kW load, Rs 8.50 per unit between 10 and 140kW and Rs 9.95 for above 140kW.
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