A round table on ‘Hike in power tariff' has urged the State government to withdraw the move to increase the power tariff.

The CPI city unit organised the round table here on Monday.

On the occasion, the speakers felt that the commoner would be burdened heavily in case the power tariff was increased. The small scale industries, which were already facing acute shortage of power, would also suffer financially.

The government had miserably failed to supply quality power. It was burdening the people on various counts, they said. The government was maintaining silence when private companies were selling power to other states at a higher price. Power generated in the State was not in the reach of people here, they said.

Power cuts could be done away with if power generated by the private companies was utilised here. The government should initiate necessary steps to ensure that power was available at affordable rate, they said.

CPI city secretary Donepudi Sankar, former city secretary K. Subba Raju, Andhra Chamber of Commerce president Velampalli Ramachandra Rao, Pensioners' Association president Dali Naidu, District NGOs Association general secretary Mohammed Iqbal, and BBA former president Chalasani Ajaykumar spoke.

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