Tamil Nadu to provide additional power subsidy

Tamil Nadu Power Minister Natham R Viswanathan said on Monday that his government would honour the assurance of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa that additional subsidy would be provided to ensure the poor are not affected by the proposed increase in power tariff.

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission had on September 23 proposed an across the board tariff increase, including a hike of 15 per cent for domestic consumers, 31 per cent for industries and 15 per cent for commercial users.

Reacting to this, Jayalalithaa had assured that her government would provide additional subsidy to protect the poor. Viswanathan recalled Jayalalithaa’s assurance and said “this government which is guided by Amma, will honour that assurance.”

Strongly reacting to a BJP general council meet resolution which criticised the government for the proposed tariff hike, he said the saffron party appeared to be unaware of the electricity tariff determination policy of its present and previous regimes at the Centre.

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