Protest against power tariff hike continues unabated in House

Bhubaneswar: The protest against hike in electricity tariff, refused to die down stalling the proceedings of the Assembly for the second day. Repeated adjournments were witnessed today prior to noon after opposition members created ruckus in the house demanding rollback of the tariff hike.

After vehement opposition, the speaker initially adjourned the house till 11:30 AM after calling for a business advisory committee meeting. The house was further adjourned till 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM by the speaker.

Notably, the Odisha legislative assembly opened to noisy scenes after vociferous opposition to power tariff hike yesterday which led the speaker to adjourn the house till 3:00 PM.

Though the opposition members had moved an adjournment motion in protest of the hike in electricity tariff, Congress members rushed to the well of the house as soon as the proceedings began. Congress members were seen shouting slogans and displaying banners in the house protesting the state government’s move.

Later, a delegation of Congress, led by leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra went to Raj Bhawan and submitted a memorandum to governor S.C. Jamir in this regard.

OERC increased tariffs by 20 paisa per unit for domestic consumers on March 24. After a gap of 15 years, the electricity tariff for the agriculture sector was increased by 40 paise.
Moreover, the consumers covered under Kutir Jyoti Yojana will also have to pay more as the monthly tariff has been increased from Rs 65 to Rs 80.

With this increase, electricity will now be dearer by 4.64 percent as compared to the 2014-15 financial year. However, the monthly minimum charges and meter rent has been kept unchanged. OERC officials said, this hike in power tariffs has been made as per the directive of the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission and keeping in mind the increase in coal prices.