Roll back power tariff at least now : YSRCP

April 9, 2013: Asserting that the bandh against hike in power charges is a grand
success, YSR Congress has demanded the State Government to roll back the
increased tariff immediately.

“The ire of the people was
reflected in full flow in the bandh and government should at least now come
down and roll back the prices without making it an issue,” party senior leader
Dr MVMysoora Reddy told reporters here on Tuesday.

While the reasons for the hike
in power charges lie elsewhere, the state is shifting the entire burden on the
consumers and the Congress Government has to pay a heavy price for this

The corruption in GENCO and
the inefficiency in curbing the transmission and distribution losses and other
factors have contributed to the hike in power charges and passing on the burden
to consumers is bad governance, he said.

The state and centre have
totally failed in handling the power crisis. While the coal production has
become stagnated due to the Centre’s policies, the state has failed in
containing the irregularities in the GENCO and it could not get any help from
the Centre to mitigate power crisis, he said.

The state has failed to get
additional gas quota and it did not take any meaningful measures but remained a
mute spectator while the situation was drifting from bad to worse, he said. 

The state should explain to
the people as to why the average purchase of energy cost has increased from Rs
2.10 to Rs 3.15 in 2012-13 and the projected energy cost was pegged at Rs 4.07.
It should also reply as to why the bilateral purchase was Rs 5.11.

There are other measures that
could have been taken by the State and Centre to exempt consumers for the
burden of hike in power charges. With Coal India,
ONGC and Oil

making profits, the companies could have been asked to provide some cushion to
curtail the spiraling costs.

“The bandh is a form of
protest by which the anger of the people was vented and it is time the government
comes down and rolls back the hike,” he said.

CBI in a catch 22 situation.

CBI naming Home Minister Sabitha Indra Reddy in the charge sheet, he said the
strategy of Congress government to pin down YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has
boomeranged and now it is in a catch 22 situation.

“Had the government initially
agreed that the GOs were in order, the situation would have been different. At
that time the sole intention of the Congress was to keep YS Jagan Mohan Reddy
in jail without considering the 26 GOs, which form crux of the case. Now that
the issue is getting murkier and Congress is facing the music,” he said.

It is left for the Chief
Minister and other ministers to decide whether or not they should resign on
moral grounds, he said. CBI is trying to mislead the courts as it had earlier
said in a written submission that it would complete the investigation as soon
as possible but did not stick to its commitment, he said. He asked the media to
refer to Supreme Court order to ascertain the facts.  

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