The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission on Friday hiked power tariff by 17% for various categories of consumers in the state.
The revised tariff will be effective for consumption of electricity from February 1, 2015.
Under the revised electricity tariff, the energy charge for the below poverty line consumers having consumption up to 50 units per month has been increased to Rs 3.25 from Rs 2.75 per unit.
For small domestic consumers, who fall under the subsidized category, the tariff has been increased from Rs 3 per unit to Rs 3.50 per unit.
For the non-subsidized consumers, the hike is even stiffer.
The tariff hike in the in the four non-subsidized categories the hike ranges between Rs 5.45 to Rs 6.40 for consumption of power between 150 units to 500 units per month.
The Commission has also increased power tariff for agriculture, non-domestic and public street lighting category.
The fixed charges for all categories have also been increased.
For the below poverty line (BPL) category, it has gone up to Rs 90 from Rs 80.
The state government had last hiked the power tariff in 2013 for domestic, non-domestic consumers having consumption of more than 500 units and agricultural consumers. The last major tariff hike across categories was made in 2012.
Commenting over the power traffic hike, former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot said the BJP came to power making inflation an issue, and now by increasing the power tariff they have burdened the public.
Gehlot said during the five-year tenure of the Congress government, keeping inflation in mind had not increased power tariff, instead made kerosene tax-free, provided subsidy on gas cylinder, reduced VAT by 2% on petrol and 54 paisa on diesel.
“The present government has not only withdrawn the subsidy from gas cylinder but in addition added VAT on petrol. The government should reconsider the increase of tariff and ensure that public is not burdened.”