Realpolitik dictates move
The state Government today announced sharp reduction in power tariff to the weaver community for operating powerlooms in the State. The cut in rate would entail a burden of Rs 30 crore on the state exchequer, as it would be paid to UP Power Corporation Limited as subsidy.
Addressing mediapersons here on Tuesday, Energy Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav said tariff concessions to the weavers would vastly help in ameliorating their conditions. As against the present rate of Rs 350 per HP, the government had decided to slash it down to Rs 130.
Yadav said there would be no meter reading as the government had fixed a flat rate of Rs 65 per loom in urban area and Rs 37.50 in rural areas. He said the decision would benefit three lakh powerlooms in nearly 25000 families in Mau, Varanasi, Ambedkarnagar, Kanpur, Meerut, Jhansi and other areas.
Yadav said connections would be given to weavers on priority after payment of Rs 200 security. The government had also issued special weaver consumer bill card for new connections, Yadav said. Family welfare minister Ahmad Hasan, who had long been making efforts for concessions to the weavers, said the government move would go a long way in helping the community.
Though the SP had made promise to this effect in its election manifesto in the 2002 election, the implementation has been done when the party is again preparing for the polls.
Meanwhile, the UPPCL has agreed to pay Rs 313 crore Unscheduled Import (UI) charges to the Centre in instalments. The entire dues will be cleared by October-end.
The UPPCL gave this undertaking to the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) here on Tuesday when the latter was hearing the case brought up before it by the Northern Grid Load Dispatch Centre (NRLDC).