‘Farmers won’t bear the brunt of power tariff hike
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Last Updated: Sunday, April 01, 2012, 17:49
Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that farmers will be spared of the burden arising out from hike in the power tariff as the state government is mulling over raising the current limit of electricity subsidy.

The state government will extend subsidy to farmers after the Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) yesterday revised the tariffs across the board. The revised rates will come into effect from April 10, official sources said today.

In the context of hike, Chouhan said his government was already giving subsidy worth Rs 1400 crores to farmers at present.

If needed, the state government will raise the quantum of this subsidy and offset the difference from the state exchequer.

The MPERC yesterday announced hike in the power tariffs across all categories following which the domestic electricity bills will go up by 7.17 per cent, while the increase will be at 6.9 per cent for non-domestic users, 4.68 per cent for water works, 4.34 for streetlights, 9.1 per cent for industrial purposes, 6.07 per cent for agriculture (pumps) and 6.54 per cent for agriculture (others).

Under the high tension category, the raise will be at 8.56 per cent for railways, 8.34 per cent for coal mines, 7.94 per cent for industrial use, 7.02 per cent for non-industrial use, 7.62 per cent for seasonal purposes, 4.65 for irrigation and 9.78 per cent for bulk residential users, sources added.


First Published: Sunday, April 01, 2012, 17:49

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