Govt may announce power tariff subsidy in assembly

The state government has started deliberations on extending subsidy on the new power tariff proposed to be implemented from April 1. Chief minister Nitish Kumar held a meeting on the issue with senior officials from energy department on Wednesday.

Later, another meeting was held on the same issue under the chairmanship of chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh. Sources said a final meeting on the issue is slated to be convened by the CM on Thursday.

Energy department sources said the state government might announce the subsidy to be given to different categories of power consumers in the state assembly on Thursday or Friday as the new tariff structure is slated to be implemented from Saturday.

Though the Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (BERC) on March 24 said the hike was average 55%, it would be in the range of 70 to 90% for urban domestic consumers. The hike was announced without taking subsidy into consideration, the BERC had clarified.



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