YSRCP flays Govt on power tariff hike

Hyderabad, Nov 3, 2012:
YSR Congress party today slammed the Kiran kumar Reddy Government for imposing
additional financial burden on the people through increase of power tariff and
asked it to withdraw the hike immediately.

Addressing media
persons here, party spokesman Janak Prasad came down heavily on the Government
for increasing the electricity charges by Re.1.32 per unit and warned it would
face the wrath of the people if the hefty hike is not withdrawn immediately.

“While there was no
increase of power tariff during the six-years of YSR regime, Kiran Kumar
Government has been increasing the power tariff every three months like his
predecessor Rosaiah,” he charged, adding that the Government has been subjecting
people to additional financial suffering by imposing a total burden of Rs.1740
Cr for the first quarter of the financial year 2012-13 in the name of fuel
surcharge adjustment (FSA).

He said the Electricity
Regulatory Commission (ERC) has become toothless and gum less in the hands of
the Government which is using it only for hiking the charges. “The Government’s
mindless decision will bring financial problems to the tenants who stay in
rented houses,” Janak Prasad observed.

Janak Prasad also
lambasted the Government for being silent on the losses suffered by farmers due
to incessant rains in the last four days. While total crop in 2 lakh acres has
been destroyed, crop in 5 lakh acres has been partially destroyed due to the
rains but no minister has visited the affected areas till now, he said.

cheating people on the gas supply

Janak Prasad said the
Government has cheated people by supplying gas to the Congress MP Lagadapati
Rajagopal’s commercial power plant and not to his ordinary power plant. “If the
Government has decided to supply gas to its ordinary unit, power could have
been purchased from his company for only Rs.2.20 per unit but now the
Government will have to pay the rate of Rs.5.40 per unit,” he said finding
fault with the government.

Prasad decries Naidu’s stance

Janak Prasad said TDP
chief Chandrababu Naidu has limited himself to criticizing the Kiran Kumar
Government for its failures. “He should move a no-confidence motion against the
Government or else announce openly that he has decided to support the
Government as a quid pro quo for removing cases against him,” he said.

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