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BJP protests steep hike in Bihar power tariff, asks govt to withdraw

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PATNA: The main opposition BJP in Bihar today protested the steep hike in power tariff saying it was a cruel joke with the people of the state. The BJP termed it as an “anti-people” act.

“The honest power consumers are being punished for the faults committed by the unworthy and inefficient power companies and the BJP will not tolerate it at any cost,” former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi told the media today adding the BJP would hold state-wide protest against this government move.

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State BJP chief Nityanand Rai too hit out at the Nitish Kumar government for the power tariff hike and described it as a huge burden on the common consumers. “The steep power rate will badly affect the poor, farmers and the business class people,” he said.

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Yesterday, the Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (BERC) in a huge setback to power consumers increased the power tariff by 55 percent—the biggest ever so far. The new tariff will come into effect from April 1, 2017.

For the past some time, the BERC had been taking about increasing the power traffic but none had expected the increase will be so steep.

“We were suggested for making 75 percent hike to make up loss of revenues but after studying power rates of various states, we ultimately decided to hike it by 55 percent,” Commission chairman SK Negi was quoted as telling the media.

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