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Fact Check: Are temples charged more than mosques and churches for electricity in Tamil Nadu

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The claim that religious places in Tamil Nadu are charged differently by the government for electricity is false and misleading. 

Recently, a graphic was being by several users on social media claiming that in Tamil Nadu, electricity charges for temples are higher than what mosques and churches have to pay. As per the viral graphic, temples have to pay Rs 8 per unit while mosques and churches pay Rs 2.85 per unit.

A Twitter user shared the graphic tagging Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy in her tweet. The tweet has now been removed but was shared over 1400 times before getting deleted. 

Another user named Dushyant Singh Jadaun also shared the graphic saying, “This is called sickularism Charge temples for everything high be it electricity ,water etc ,give rebates to other communities . And eye on the temples treasury.” 

The truth behind the claim 

In our investigation, we found this claim to be false. To check the tariff imposed by the Tamil Nadu government, we visited the website of Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited (TANGEDCO). In the schedule, the term ‘Actual Places of Public Worship’ was mentioned and there was no separate mention of different religious places

As per the tariff schedule which was last revised in 2017, there are two categories of the voltage of electricity supply: high tension (voltage of 11 kilo-volts or above and connected load over 112 kW) and low tension (voltage up to 415 volts and connected load up to 112 kW). For high tension supply the tariff is calculated on a monthly basis and for low tension supply, the tariff is calculated on a bi-monthly basis. The cost for all places of worship are listed under three categories in the schedule: 

High tension supply:  The tariff for places of public worship is Rs 6.35/unit. In addition, a fixed monthly cost which is calculated as Rs 350/kilo-volt-ampere(kVA).

Low tension supply: For every two months, the places of public worship are charged a fixed amount of Rs. 120 and for every unit till 120 units, they are charged at Rs. 2.85/unit (actual – Rs. 5.75/unit and govt. subsidy – Rs. 2.90/unit). For electricity consumption beyond 120 units, the tariff is Rs. 5.75/unit (no subsidy).

In conclusion, the claim that religious places in Tamil Nadu are charged differently by the government for electricity is false and misleading. 

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