Chandigarh, Jan 31 (PTI) The Punjab government Thursday said it has decided to remove the upper annual limit of 3,000 units for electricity consumption by scheduled caste, backward class and BPL families, enabling domestic consumers in these categories to avail 200 units per month free of cost. The decision would cover over 1.17 lakh domestic consumers who had been taken out of its ambit with the introduction of the upper limit, an official spokesman said. The move will put an additional burden of Rs 163 crore on the state exchequer. Also Read - ALA vs RM Dream11 Team Tips And Predictions, La Liga: Football Prediction Tips For Today’s Alaves vs Real Madrid on January 24, Sunday

With this decision, all consumers in these categories will be required to pay only for units consumed over and above 200 units a month, with billing to be done on a bi-monthly basis, said spokesperson. Also Read - Loyal Dog Waits 6 Days Outside Hospital For Owner Undergoing Treatment to Come Back | WATCH

However, it has been decided to bar all income tax payees from availing 200 units per month of free electricity under the scheme, the spokesman added. Also Read - List of People NOT Invited to Varun Dhawan-Natasha Dalal's Wedding in Alibaug on Sunday

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.