Fuel surcharge unjustified, says party leader

Determined to step up stir against the proposed power tariff hike, the Communist Party of India(Marxist) collected signature from public in different parts of the city on Saturday.

Leading the campaign, CPI(M) city secretary G.V. Konda Reddy said both the Union and State governments were competing with each other in imposing ‘anti-people’ hikes on people making their lives miserable.

He warned of a massive stir on the lines of the agitation against power tariff hike in 2000 leading to the infamous Basheerbagh police firing.

The wrong policies of the Congress government were responsible for acute power shortage and high cost of power generation, party-led Civil Societies organisations federation chief G.Ramesh said.

The ruling Congress was encouraging private power producers at the cost of public sector Generation Corporation (Genco), he alleged.

As many as 15,000 signatures were collected on a single day at 20 centres in the city, CPI(M) City committee member B.Venkat Rao said.

The fuel surcharge adjustment (FSA) imposed on people was totally unjust, he added.

“We used to get electricity bill only for Rs. 100 per month before collection of FSA. Now we are forced to pay Rs. 400 for the same power consumed. We are clueless on how to make a living,” lamented daily wagers Srinivasulu and Venkaiah while putting their thumb impressions at the Court centre.

“Already we are suffering because of skyrocketing prices of all essential commodities. We are not in a position to make a decent living in the wake of increase in electricity bill,” said a housewife G. Adilakshmi near Saibaba temple at Lawyerpet.

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