CPI(M) gives call for agitation against proposed AP power hike



Vijayawada: CPI (M) has appealed to political parties to join hands to protest the Andhra Pradesh government's move to hike power tariffs.

"Power distribution companies have proposed to hike the power tariff to the extent of Rs 12,723 crore. These companies are also shifting their billing system from telescopic to non-telescopic, which will put a huge burden on the common man", said CPI (M) state secretary BV Raghavulu.

He alleged that the power companies had put a burden of Rs 33,957 crore on consumers in the last three years by raising the charges and adding Fuel Surcharge Adjustment.

"Launching largescale protests is the only solution in such situation", Raghavulu said, adding the political parties, trade unions and common people should join hands to force the state government to not effect the hike.

PTI