Hyderabad: Alleging that the Opposition party leaders and some section of the media were indulging in disinformation campaign about the power tariff hike, the Primary Education minister Dr. S. Shailajanath has said that the government had only increased the tariff to the consumers who use more than 300 units of power and not to the poor consumers.
Talking to the media along with government Chief Whip Mr. Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka and Alair MLA Bikshmaiah Goud at the CLP here on Friday, he has asserted that the Congress government would continue the free power scheme as long as it was in power in the state. He has maintained that the government had only increased the service tax from Rs.25 to Rs.30.
Dr Shailajanath has said that the government hiked up to Rs.6 per unit to the consumers who use 300 to 500 units and Rs.6.25 per unit to the consumers who use more than 500 units per month. He has argued that the government’s intention was only to burden the rich who use power for luxuries and from the consumers who pay income tax, and not the poor.
Blaming the Opposition leaders and a section of the media of indulging in negative campaign against the government , the minister has claimed that the people have understood the real intention of the government. He has requested leaders of different political parties and media to understand the realities.
The minister has also requested the opposition leaders and the media to give suggestions to the government on supply of quality power and on how to reduce the power losses in the transmission. He said that the hike in power tariff may reduce the power usage among richer classes.
Making it clear that the Congress government would continue the late Dr YSR’s objectives, he said that it was not correct on the part of opposition leaders and the media to find fault in canceling the ‘Thathkal’ scheme in the power sector. He has explained that the government has decided to instantly give connections without the consumer having to pay the extra charges under the ‘Thathkal’ scheme. He has alleged that the Opposition parties and some section of the media were trying to falsify the truth in the power tariff hike. (NSS)