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‘Farmers won’t bear the brunt of power tariff hike

Last Updated: Sunday, April 1, 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.

PTI

First Published: Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 17:49

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