Assam CM Gogoi stops power dept from hiking charges

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday withdrew the proposed power tariff hike with effect from December 01, announced recently by the Assam Electricity Regulatory Commission (AERC).

PTI| Updated: Nov 26, 2014, 16:54 PM IST

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday withdrew the proposed power tariff hike with effect from December 01, announced recently by the Assam Electricity Regulatory Commission (AERC).

According to an official release, Gogoi directed the power department not to go for tariff hike with a view to provide relief to consumers.

"Gogoi also asked the finance department to initiate necessary steps for providing subsidy to the Assam Power Distribution Company Limited in view of the decision not to hike power tariff," it added.

On November 21, AERC had announced to hike the power tariff between 7 percent to 18 percent for different categories with effect from next month.