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Petition filed for electricity connection for Pakistani migrants, HC seeks response from Center and Delhi government

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The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought response from the Centre, the Delhi government and Tata Power on a plea seeking electricity connections for around 800 Hindu migrants from Pakistan and those who have been living here for the past few years.

Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Amit Bansal responded to a petition from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Defence, Government of Delhi, North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC), Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) and the District Magistrate of North Delhi. asked to enter.

The High Court has listed the matter for further hearing on October 22. The petition has sought electricity connections for 200 Hindu minority migrant families, including around 800 people, who are currently residing at the Delhi Jal Board grounds in North Delhi’s Adarsh ​​Nagar area.

Petitioner Hari Om, who works for the welfare of ‘minority migrants’ from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan in India, said the migrants in this case are from Pakistan, mostly from Sindh province and have been living here without electricity for the past few years.

Migrants who have come to India from Pakistan because of their religious persecution believed that coming to India would give their children a bright and secure future, but their present existence without electricity in the slum took away all their dreams of a meaningful existence. has been shattered.

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The petition, filed through advocates Samiksha Mittal, Akash Bajpai and Ayush Saxena, said that during the Corona pandemic when all schools have gone online, the future of their children has become bleak due to no electricity in the slums.

The petitioner stated that he has approached various government officials but could not succeed in getting electricity for the migrants and some of them also applied to TPDDL, which was denied on the ground that the valid ownership proof of the applicable address was required.

The petition claimed that most of the expatriates are staying on long-term visas and also have Aadhar card with the same address at which they are currently residing, as a result of which their possession was proved. However, according to the discoms, Aadhaar can be used as an identity proof, but not as a proof of residence in the premises.

The petition has sought a direction under the DERC Regulations, 2017 to provide electricity connections to migrants on the basis of their Aadhar card, long term visa and passport and to include these documents as identity proof and Aadhaar card also.

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