CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) has requested permission from the Tamil Nadu government to link Aadhaar cards with new electricity connections.
According to TANGEDCO employees, the decision was made to prevent several connections in a single residence from collecting electricity subsidies.
Officials anticipate the state government making a policy decision to link users' power consumer numbers to their Aadhaar numbers. TANGEDCO sources told IANS that they met with the state electricity minister but had yet to receive clearance from the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Authority, which plays a key role in the state's electricity policy decisions.
TANGEDCO observers agree that by linking Aadhaar to power numbers, subsidy requests can be expedited and regularised. The electricity production and distribution corporation currently spends over 3500 crore rupees on power subsidies each year.
According to senior corporate officials, integrating Aadhaar will make it simple to identify those who have several connections for a single residence and profit from power subsidies. TANGEDCO compares this to the Union government tying Aadhaar to LPG connections in order to minimise the subsidy.