Discrimination against Telangana region alleged

N. Jayaprakah Narayan of the Lok Satta has sought changes in the policies presently pursued with respect to power sector to avoid shortages and cuts.

Participating in the debate on power supply situation in the Assembly on Thursday, he said right now, there was a need to take a view on allowing merchant plants to sell 25 per cent of their power outside the State and on the “expensive power” being supplied to industries at an average price of Rs. 10.79 per unit.

He, however, said till the policy changed, merchant plants should be persuaded to sell a part of their power to the State, by offering an additional 50 paise per unit. The government should also help utilities in clearing their debt which touched a high of Rs. 7,400 crore as otherwise, they would turn sick.

Pocharam Srinivasa Reddy (Telangana Rashtra Samithi) complained of discrimination shown to Telangana region even in respect of power supply.

Although the region accounted for 18 lakh out of 30 lakh pumpsets in the State, no additional power was supplied.

He demanded supply for nine hours to farmers to save the standing crops.