Mah govt faces flak for increasing power rates; state-wide agitation to begin from 2019

Mah govt faces flak for increasing power rates; state-wide agitation to begin from 2019

Agency News

Kolhapur, Dec 31: The State Co-ordination Committee composed of the domestic and industrial electricity consumers have warned the state government to roll back the decision of increased electricity rates which were implemented in the month of September this year.

The Convenors of the committee--Pratap Hogade and Santosh Mandlekar--stated in a release on Monday that there are state-level elaborate agitation plans scheduled in the first week of January in order to protest against the increased electricity rates along with other power-related concerns.

The decision to organize district-level protests across the state was taken in a recent meeting held at Mumbai,added the release.

Making a mention about the agitation programmes,the release talked about submission of the memorandums detailing the Committee's demands to the state government as well as the elected representatives in the districts of Maharashtra in the starting weekdays of January, 2019.

Next-in-line,would be tandem marches towards the state's District Collectorate Offices'(DCO) and the Maharshtra State Electricity Board's local offices known as 'Mahavitran Kendra'.

To draw the attention of the officials working in these Mahavitran Kendras,the agitators would light up a pile of electricity bills received after the month of September, 2018.

Finally, a joint meeting would be held on January 15 between several industrial organizations and Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce so as to mull upon the further pursuance of the said cause.

According to the release,the primary demands of the agitators include reversing the increased electricity rates and keeping them unchanged till the year 2020, sanctioning a corpus of Rs 3,400 crore so as to keep power rates unchanged for the coming 19 months.

Lastly, the release referred to the 2014 decision of Congress-led goverment which set aside a corpus of Rs 6,000 crore for keeping the electricity rates unchanged till next ten months. (UNI)