City industry has urged the state government not to implement the proposed increase in electricity tariff that would directly hit the cost of manufacturing of different goods.
After the reports that the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) was proposing to increase the power tariff in the state, the industry was in a tizzy and asking the government not to increase the tariff.
Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma, president of the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturer Association (UCPMA), said the industry was already in recession, and it should be the duty of state government not to further burden the industry.
Vishivkarma said during this period of recession, the government should support the industry by providing much needed relief by the traders. “But all departments of the state government were creating problems for smooth functioning of the industry,” he said.
Another officer bearer of UCPMA, Inderjit Singh Navyug, said the PSPCL had already changed the meter-reading system. “With this, the cost of the power units has already increased by 10%. On the one hand, PSPCL is providing free of cost electricity to the agriculture sector, on the other hand industry is burdened by high power cost,” Navyug said.
He said the prevailing rates of the electricity in Punjab were much more than the other states due to which many industries were planning to shift their units to other states.
Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organization (FICO) has also raised pitch against proposed increase in electricity tariff.
FICO president Gurmeet Singh Kular said any increase in power tariff by the state government would hit the industry badly. He said government should consult the industry before implementing any such increase.