OTS scheme launched for power consumers in Goa

The Goa government has launched a one-time settlement (OTS) scheme 2020 of the electricity department for consumers who have defaulted on bill payments.

An amount of over Rs 4 billion has to be recovered, of which delay payment charges (DPC) account for around Rs 0.91 billion. Consumers have to apply for OTS within one month from the launch date. The power consumers who pay their outstanding amounts within two months will also get a waiver on the DPC. The scheme would be available till December 30, 2020. The consumers who have not paid their bills during the lockdown can also avail the scheme. The first OTS scheme was launched in 2008 in an attempt to recover large accumulated arrears with the electricity and the Public Works department. OTS, 2020 is proposed along similar lines to recover outstanding revenue from temporary or permanently disconnected consumers and also for active consumers of the power department.