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Rajasthan Goverment hikes power tarrif

by RajasthanDirect
Feb 21, 2015

On Friday the Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) announced revised power tariffs in different consumer categories, permitting discoms to increase domestic electricity charges by around 16% (85 paise per unit) and for non-domestic sector by around 19%.
The average increase for all categories was 16.89%. Rajasthan Goverment hikes power tariff just after the results of Panchayat election.

The fixed charges too were increased for all categories – the hike ranging between Rs 20 and Rs 50 per connection per month.

The opposition party Congress accused the BJP of falling back on electoral promises.

“BJP had made price rise an election issue to come to power. It has, however, cheated people by first cutting subsidy on LPG cylinders,increasing VAT on petrol and now by raising electricity prices.” Former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said.

PCC chief Sachin Pilot too said the government’s failure to check power thefts and distribution losses was putting burden on consumers.

The Vasundhara Raje government defended the revised rates saying it was committed to an annual hike as part of a financial reforms package approved by the cabinet on October 19, 2011 (Gehlot government) after banks and financial institutions stopped giving loans to state’s loss-incurring Discoms.

The then Central government too had notified the Discoms a financial restructuring plan, which mandated annual increase in tariffs.

The rates were, as such, revised in 2012-13 and 2013-14 also. Even after the latest revision, Rajasthan’s rates were still behind many other states’ power tariffs.

Src:- http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/With-polls-over-Rajasthan-government-now-hikes-power-tariff/articleshow/46318405.cms

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