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BJP stages stir against hike in Power Tariff

BJP stages stir against hike in Power Tariff

 BJP cadres staged a demonstration against steep hike in power tariff in the state.
Heading it, party farmers wing state president GK Nagaraj said contrary to its poll promise, the DMK rule has increased the property, drinking water tax, Aavin goods prices, and now electricity tariff. 
When it presented the budget for the current year, it called it a tax-free budget. Now, it is raising the electricity bill and making people to suffer. Chief minister who boasts of self-reliance should first increase power generation in Tamil Nadu and streamline the power sector. 

The total power consumption in TN as on July 17 was 26,681 million units. TNEB produced 8,215 million units, private purchase was 2,560 million units and from the Central government pool 15,905 million units were received. So,  self sufficiency in power generation in TN was not yet achieved as claimed by rulers. The outstanding due of TNEB to the Centre and private parties for getting power is Rs.26,095 crore. Due to  inefficiency, all PSUs including Aavin and TNSTC suffer with huge debt burden. 

In 2001, when Modi took office as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, the debt burden of the electricity department was Rs 2300 crore. In six years, the debt was paid off and a profit of Rs 600 crore was recorded. Later, it became the leading power producer by providing electricity to 16 states. In 480 km stretch of Narmada 
river in Gujarat, solar panel was erected to generate power and prevent water evaporation. It is the best model in the world. 

The Centre guides the TNEB to run profitably and is ready to provide funds.  But the Tamil Nadu government refuses to reform the electricity sector due to corruption and malpractice.The DMK government has no vision. 
If the power  tariff hike is not stopped, the BJP's struggle will turn into a people's massive stir, he warned. Party district president Senthilkumar, functionaries Ex MP Soundaram, A. Saravanan, Eswaramoorthi, Pon Rajeshkumar, Senthil, Sivakami and Agni Rajesh attended.