Nellore: Communist Party (Marxist) has demanded that the government continue telescopic charging (slab) system and rollback power tariff hike while expressing serious concern over the plight of the common man because of the unprecedented hike in power bills.
Speaking to media persons at CPM office here on Friday, former MP and senior party leader P. Madhu has also demanded that the state bear the fuel surcharge being imposed on consumers.
He alleged that the private power producers, G.M.R. and Lanco had charged Rs 5.40 to Rs5.50 per unit from Transco as against the agreed unit rate of Rs 3.10 paise even after enjoying all subsidies from the government.
He expressed surprise over escalation of the capital cost of Genco unit coming up near Krishnapatn-am to the extent of Rs 200 cr-ores while suspecting foul play behind the increase.
Referring to government plans to increase the prices of petrol and diesel once again, he alleged that the increase will be passed on to consumers by way of fuel surcharge on power bills next year.
He questioned the rationale behind allowing coal production companies to make huge profits and taxing the public. He warned that CPM is set to launch agitation similar to 2011 stir from April this year if government fails to rollback the tariff hike and fuel surcharge.
CPM district unit secretary Chandra Rajagopal has invited the public to participate in a programme being held to create awareness on power tariff scheduled to be held at Swatan-tra Park, near Gandhi statue on February 17.