THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: There will be no hike in power tariff during the UDF government’s remaining tenure, Power Minister Aryadan Muhammed assured the Assembly on Thursday.
Responding to a notice from the Opposition seeking an adjournment motion, Aryadan also assured that consumers will not have to bear the burden of the ‘thermal surcharge’ proposed by KSEB.
Satisfied by Aryadan’s reply that there will not be any more power tariff hikes, the Opposition continued to participate in the proceedings, without staging its customary walk-out.
The notice for adjournment motion was given by the Opposition against the move to privatise power distribution, increase power tariff and impose additional burden on consumers through surcharge.
Speaking on the issue, former Power Minister A K Balan of the CPM accused the government of facilitating the privatisation of power distribution.
The CPM also leader claimed that the UDF government had imposed a financial burden of Rs 4,500 crore on consumers by hiking power tariff over the years.
“Let me assure you that there will not be any hike in power tariff when Aryadan Muhammed is the Minister for Power,” the Minister said.