Demand that the government roll back the increase immediately
The TDP and Left parties have organised protests across the district against the steep hike in power tariff and demanded that the Government should immediately roll back the increase which imposes a huge burden on the poor and middle classes.
Led by TDP urban president B. Srinivas Yadav and former Minister Sanakkayala Aruna, party activists staged picketing at the electrical sub-station at Gujjanagundla in Guntur city and strongly deplored the Government’s decision to increase the power tariff without exploring other viable options.
The hike is going to affect more than two crore domestic consumers very badly in addition to other categories. The Government has failed in supplying free power to the farm sector for nine hours which was one of its key election promises.
The Government should take urgent steps to help the APGenco in augmenting its capacity and procure gas for the private plants that are lying idle for several years for want of assured and consistent supplies.
The situation will otherwise deteriorate pushing the State farther into darkness, the agitators warned. The Electricity Regulatory Commission could have objected to the proposed hike but it simply took dictation from the Government for reasons to be explained to the people.
At the Lodge Centre, a large number of activists of CPI and CPI(M) staged protests demanding immediate rollback of the power tariff hike.
CPI(M ) State executive committee member V. Krishnaiah and district secretary D. Rama Devi said the Government was not prepared to look for alternatives. It did not want to listen to what experts have to say about the crisis and take their recommendations.
By its actions, the Government helped private companies in exploiting the situation to the detriment of hapless consumers.
The Left parties’ activists began relay fasts at various places to exert pressure on the Government.
Meanwhile, the BJP activists continued protests in front of the Collector’s office. Party district president P. Poornachandra Rao and city president Jupudi Rangaraju said the power tariff hike imposed an unprecedented burden on people who are reeling under the impact of inflation that touched record levels.
The government should take urgent steps to help APGenco in augmenting its capacity: TDP leader Government helped private companies in exploiting the situation, says CPI(M) leader
The government should take urgent steps to help APGenco in augmenting its capacity: TDP leader
Government helped private companies in exploiting the situation, says CPI(M) leader