CPI(M) launches campaign against hike in electricity charges

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Party leaders express concern over fall in industrial output due to power-cuts

BURNING ISSUE:CPI(M) leaders and activists undertake 'padayatra' in Srikakulam on Friday.— PHOTO: BASHEER
BURNING ISSUE:CPI(M) leaders and activists undertake 'padayatra' in Srikakulam on Friday.— PHOTO: BASHEER

CPI(M) on Friday alleged that the Congress government had put Rs.7,110-crore burden on the people in the last three years by allowing steep hike in electricity charges. The party said that the government prepared the ground to put Rs.12, 723-crore additional burden from April and introduce non-telescopic system.

The town wing of CPI(M) launched six-day ‘sangarsh yatra’ to create awareness among the people about the upward revision of electricity charges and poor supply of power. Party leaders Bhaviri Krishnamurthy, Panchadi Paparao, V.G.K. Murty and others participated in the ‘padayatra’ that began from the labour office.

They said that hidden charges and collection of fuel surcharge had become a big burden on the poor who were forced to pay up to Rs.500 though their consumption was below 50 units. “The government’s decision to revise electricity charges of municipalities and panchayats would ultimately deny basic amenities to the people. There will not be streetlights and supply of water with the enhancement of unit charge from Rs.1.74 to Rs.5.74,” said Mr. Paparao.

The party leaders expressed concern over the power-cuts which had become detrimental to the industries. They said that many workers had lost employment with the steep fall in industrial production. “The Congress government has utterly failed in handling the power sector. It should strengthen GENCO to improve production instead of depending on private companies which fix exorbitant price to sell the power to the State-owned Discoms,” said Mr. Murty.



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