UP: Mayawati, Akhilesh target Yogi Adityanath govt for proposed power tariff hike
After the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) proposed a 25 per cent hike in the domestic power rates, both the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav have criticised the Yogi Adityanath government.
Issuing a statement on Twitter, Mayawati said, "The proposed increase in the power tariffs will badly hurt the families living below the poverty line (BPL). After the Lok Sabha polls, is this how the BJP will make 20 crore people of the state suffer? The proposed hike will convert their 'Saubhagya' scheme into a 'Dubhagya'."
20 ? ?Mayawati (@Mayawati) June 17, 2019
Meanwhile, the former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav in a press statement said, "The proposal of increasing the power tariff is anti-people and reflects the insensitive mindset of this government. During the SP tenure, the electricity generation in the state had increased but the present regime failed to take it forward. The proposed hike shouldn't be implemented."
The UPPCL has already submitted the proposed new power tariff structure for 2019-20 to the UP Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) for approval.
If the new tariff structure is implemented, then consumers will have to pay Rs 6.20 for the first 150 units. The prevailing tariff for the first 150 units is Rs 4.90.
Responding to Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav's statements, UP power minister Srikant Sharma said, "It's just a proposal, final decision hasn't been taken. During the SP and BSP regimes, people across the state were reeling under power crisis. Since BJP has come to power, the situation has improved. We have given connections to people everywhere without any discrimination."