Raipur, April 30, 2013
Congress has lashed out at the government over proposed power tariff hike terming it anti-people.
“Already consumers are paying high power tariff. The proposed hike would be additional financial burned on them. The people of water and coal-rich Chhattisgarh have right to get electricity at low rate but they are not getting it due to government’s mismanagement and corruption. Congress will strongly protest even single paise hike in power tariff,” said Congress spokesperson Sushil Anand Shukla on Tuesday.
“Once again, Chhattisgarh state electricity regulatory commission (CSERC) has proposed power tariff hike to compensate losses of power companies by denting consumers’ pockets. It has invited claims and objections till May 20,” he said.
“It is third time in one year the government is going to increase power tariff. Nine months back, it had hiked power tariff by 60-100%. The farmers using irrigation pumps had to pay three times of the then existing tariff rate. Then the government increased 10-20 paise for all categories of customers on pretext of variable cost adjustment (VCA). Meanwhile, it recovered Rs 250 crore by imposing double tax on the consumers,” he said.
“Now, the government is again planning to break the backbone of the common people, especially farmers by hiking power tariff. The government has actually failed to check grafts and inordinate expenditures of the power companies ever since they came into existence. Hence, to compensate loses, it is putting additional financial burden on consumers,” he said.