Lucknow, March 27 -- Power consumers in Uttar Pradesh will be charged no fee for online payment of their electricity bills during the lockdown period. Instead the UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) will bear the burden.

Energy minister Shrikant Sharma issued directions to the UPPCL during a meeting at the Shakti Bhawan here on Thursday. At present, banks charge a certain fee on online transactions through the debit and credit cards.

"Now, the UPPCL will pay the fee to banks for consumers who make online payment of their power bills," Sharma said. The move apparently aims to encourage consumers to pay their bills because off-line payment are closed these days because of the lockdown hitting the UPPCL's daily revenue collection.

The minister...