YSRC slams Govt. for collecting bill arrears: June 7,2012

Hyderabad, July 7: YSRC on Saturday demanded the government to unconditionally withdraw the proposed collection of adjustment charges on power consumption for the past three years as it would burden the common man and farmers heavily.

“The proposal to collect the adjustment charges for power consumed between 2009 and 2012 shows the anti-people policies of the State government and it should unconditionally withdraw the move,” party spokesperson Vasireddy Padma told reporters here.

The move is Quixotic and highly impractical as the state intends to collect Rs 1,500 crores from 2009-10 outstanding, starting from July and current the bills will be sending shock waves to the consumers, industrialists and farmers, she said.

During the five years and three months period when YSR was at the helm, he did not increase the power charges even once while K Roshaiah-led Congress government increased charges to net Rs 1,000 crores and his successor had hiked it again to collect RS 1,000. Kiran Kumar Reddy had given a second dose of hike to consumers, farmers and industrialists by escalating the tariff to garner Rs 4,500 crores.

Taking into account the amount the State Government intends to plough back through collecting the arrears for the past three years, the State will be burdening the consumers to a tune of over 15,000 crores in the post-YSR period, she said.

YSRCP demands the State to put on hold the proposal to collect arrears as it would be a scar on YSR, who never gave the nod to any policy that goes against the people's interests, she said.

The same experts were with YS Rajasekhar Reddy as well but he did not budge and never accepted to increase the fare. This Government is not taking up welfare activities on one hand and is burdening the people with its faulty policies, she said.

“On the eve of YS Rajasekhar Reddy’s birth anniversary it is heartening to note that the Congress government which retained power for the second term with his efforts is going against his policies. In the 2009 elections, he promised that there would be no hike in power charges for the next five years,” she said.

Though the State Government had given relief to people consuming less than100 units per month, the decision of collecting three-year arrears will adversely affect the weaker sections, she said.

26 GOs: Ridiculing the State Government’s decision to bear the legal expenses of some of the ministers in the 26 GOs case, she said, the State should categorically tell its stand on the contentious 26 GOs. By accepting to bear the legal expenses of a select few ministers, the State is sending confusing signals and it lacks clarity whether the GOs are in order or if they are otherwise.

Not filing a counter to the High Court notice on the issue has given new twists to the case and after Supreme Court serving notices, the Government accepting to bear the legal expenses of a select few ministers shows that its intentions are dubious, she said.

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