In a stunning incident, folks dwelling in Odisha have acquired electrical energy payments of over Rs 12,000 in Kalahandi, the place folks beneath BPL (Under Poverty Line) class have been dwelling. The irked residents burnt an effigy of state Vitality Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra on Monday, expressing their anger.
One of many locals say that he has solely used a single bulb and acquired a invoice of Rs 12,500. “I take advantage of one bulb & I acquired a invoice of Rs 12,500. How a lot does it value to make use of a single bulb?” he requested.
Odisha: After receiving electrical energy payments of over Rs 12,000, folks beneath BPL (Under Poverty Line) class in Kalahandi burn an effigy of Odisha Vitality Minister
“I take advantage of one bulb & I acquired a invoice of Rs 12,500. How a lot does it value to make use of a single bulb?” requested a neighborhood (29.03) pic.twitter.com/paLfcbMzD1
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How a lot does it value to gentle a bulb?
Karunakar Sagar, a villager mentioned, “I’m utilizing one bulb. I will pay Rs 300 to Rs 500. How I’ll get Rs 12,500 instantly and why will I pay for it? How a lot does it value to gentle a bulb? Within the time of the pandemic as soon as they got here and took Rs 500 from me. Now after 5 to six months they got here and are charging me Rs 12,500.”
“I am in BPL class and obtained this connection as per the Ujwala scheme. They’ve supplied us with solely a wire. No meter but. I ask whether or not the power minister is for wealthy folks or poor folks,” he mentioned.
In the meantime, Congress Occasion State president Niranjan Patnaik additionally blamed the federal government and firms for growing energy tariff to beat their losses.
Niranjan Patnaik, OPCC president mentioned, “I’m involved that Odisha govt has hiked the electrical energy tariff within the state by 30 paise per unit. To cover the misgovernance of the government and the ability firms, the BJD govt is attempting to squeeze each penny from the widespread man’s pocket!.”
Energy tariff to extend from Apr 4
Two days again, the Odisha Electrical energy Regulatory Fee (OERC) had permitted the Annual Income Requirement and Tariff Order for the monetary 12 months 2021-22 and mentioned the brand new tariff shall be efficient from 4 April.
As per the letter issued by the OERC, there was a minimal rise of 30 paise per KWH/kVAh in power cost. Apparently, it applies for the class of shopper apart from BPL, irrigation. The prescribed hike quantities to a 5.60 per cent rise in total retail provide tariff.
“Now the tariff shall be Rs 3 per unit for the primary 50 models, Rs 4.80 per unit for consumption above 50 models as much as 200 models, if customers use the electrical energy between 200 to 400 models, they should pay Rs 5.80 per unit, on the consumption of extra then 400 models, they should pay Rs 6.20 per unit,” it mentioned.