Punjab is set to increase power tariff by almost 3 per cent for different categories of consumers by the month-end. The new tariff order for this year will be announced once the Lok Sabha results are announced on May 23 and the model code of conduct goes.
The new tariff order, which is usually announced in March, will come into force retrospectively from April 1. This is the third tariff hike in as many years as part of the pact signed by the state government under the UDAY scheme (meant to restructure state power utilities).
The Congress government had apparently been forced to hold back the tariff hike till the elections because of growing resentment among domestic consumers, especially the 32 per cent Dalit population that had made high power bills an election issue. Read More
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