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Hospitals join RWAs to oppose power tariff hike

delhi Updated: Sep 11, 2011 23:39 IST
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Delhi Medical association

The Delhi Medical Association has joined resident welfare associations (RWAs) in their protest against the hike in power tariff.

Doctors said that the government’s decision to increase power tariff by 22% would make medical treatment costlier for the common man.

“Hospitals and nursing homes consume a lot of electricity. One of the major expenses for a hospital is the electricity bill. Patients have to bear the brunt of inflated power tariff in the form of increased fees. This will make the medical treatment more expensive for the common man,” said Dr Vinod Kheterpal, president, Delhi Medical Association (DMA).

Doctors across the capital will be protesting along with the RWAs to put pressure on the government to roll back the hike.
All 15,000 doctors, registered with DMA, will run a campaign to make people aware about the hike by putting up posters against it in their clinics and hospitals.

“The government’s decision to increase the power tariff is ridiculous. It will add to the woes of the common man. We’ll put up posters in our clinics and hospitals to protest against the power tariff hike,” added Dr Kheterpal.

The hike in power tariff will only compound problems of the common man as hospitals, civic agencies and other social institutions too will pass on their burden by hiking charges on their services.

RWAs are regularly conducting meetings to chalk out the strategy of protest.

“Doctors have joined our movement and very soon traders’ associations will also join us. We are planning a city wide protest against the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission and the Delhi government,” said Rajiv Kakria of Greater Kailash I RWA.

The RWAs of south and east Delhi have decided not to pay the increased 22% tariff in the billing.