Shocking truths about power tariffs
In order to bring down the fiscal deficit, the government has hiked prices of essential commodities such as diesel and power. These decisions have generated a storm within the Government, with the Trinamool Congress having withdrawn support.
In the case of power, the critical issue of consumption patterns is overlooked. Power tariffs are raised without giving much thought to variations in consumption patterns between rural and urban areas, and within rural and urban areas. A uniform increase across categories leads to an unfair burden on consumers who are less well-to-do.