THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan has urged the government to withdraw the power hike which has made life miserable for the common people. He said in a statement here that he would move the Appellate Tribunal in New Delhi in case the government did not withdraw the hike.
He said that the 24 percent hike at one go was unprecedented. When it comes to various slabs, the real hike is more than 24 percent. VS pointed out that in Tamil Nadu, the government had reduced `1.6 per unit compared to the tariff fixed by the Electricity Regulatory Commission there.
The Commission had fixed Rs 2.60 per unit for the consumers who use up to 100 units. But the TN Government had provided Rs 1.60 per unit as subsidy requiring the consumers to pay just Re 1 per unit.
He said that the power hike had further burdened the people who were already under severe stress following the price hike in petroleum products and essential items.
It cannot be accepted and urged the government to withdraw the tariffhike, he said.