0-30 unit slab aimed to rob poor consumers: TDP

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Rs 1.45 per unit being raised to Rs 2.80: Venkatrao
Jagan turned Navaratnalu into Navamosalu
AMARAVATI: TDP politburo member K. Kala Venkatrao on Tuesday accused the YSRCP Government of adopting backdoor methods of changing slabs in order to hike current charges for the people.
Venkatrao said the Government was forced to withdraw the ‘true up’ charges because of the intervention of the AP High Court. But now, the Jagan regime was all set to introduce 0-30 slab, which was not in force in any other State in the country.
In a statement here, the TDP leader slammed the YCP regime for ‘betraying’ the poor people once again by setting a slab limit of just 30 units per month as against 50 units previously. If the poor and lower middle classes would use above 30 units, they would be charged Rs. 2.80 without any subsidy as against Rs. 1.45 in the past. This would be a big burden as even the poor families were using 150 to 200 units per month these days.
Venkatrao said CM Jagan Reddy made a grand promise at his swearing-in ceremony that he would reduce all the current charges. Afterwards, his Government has hiked power charges for over six times and imposed a burden of Rs. 11,611 Cr on the people. The highest current charges were being collected in AP in the entire South India. Over Rs. 26,261 Cr loans were brought through the Power Finance Corporation while the power charges were increased simultaneously.
The TDP leader deplored that Jagan Reddy has turned his ‘Navaratnalu’ (nine jewels) into ‘Navamosalu’ (nine betrayals). Doubling the current charges was the first betrayal. Increasing sand rates by four times was the second betrayal. Five fold increase in liquor rates was the third betrayal. Meters on farm motors was the fourth betrayal. OTS collections were the fifth betrayal. Non-filling of 2.30 lakh jobs was the sixth betrayal.
Venkatrao said that denial of PRC for employees was the seventh betrayal. Increasing garbage and property tax was the eighth betrayal. Diversion of the SC, ST, BCC and Minority sub plan funds was the ninth betrayal. Now, a raw deal was being given to the poor and middle class families who were badly hit during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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