Seems like the Andhra Pradesh government mastered the art of balance. Before a community of citizen feels elated of the freebies offered, the government successfully disappointed another with tariff hike which seems to be an act of compensation in drawing revenue. In a recent revelation, the Andhra Pradesh government has increased power tariff for those who consume more than 500 units. The tariff has been increased by 90 paise per unit for those who consume power above 500 units. This increase in tariff directly impacts almost 1.35 lakh domestic consumers.
The announcement was made by the Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Authority(APERC) Chairman C.V. Nagarjuna Reddy followed by the review meeting held with the government officials. The move which will earn an estimated additional revenue of Rs 1,395 crore with this tariff hike was said to be taken to narrow the revenue gap of electricity distribution companies.
Meanwhile the social media flood with the message condemning the government’s move. Many of the opposition leaders lashed out for burdening the common man to compensate the government’s losses. This has also fallen in the eyes of national media who took a dig at the Jagan-led governance.
తగ్గించింది నిల్లు, పెంచింది ఫుల్లు… పూర్తిగా తగ్గించేస్తాను అని హామీ ఇచ్చి ప్రజల్ని నట్టేట ముంచారు @ysjagan గారు. ఆర్టీసీ చార్జీలు, పెట్రోల్ ధరలు, ఫైబర్ గ్రిడ్ కేబుల్ బిల్లు, ఇప్పుడు విద్యుత్ ధరలు పెంచుకుంటూ పోతున్నారు.(1/2)#JaganFailedCM pic.twitter.com/j3559R4z0m
— Lokesh Nara #StayHomeSaveLives (@naralokesh) February 11, 2020