assam power distribution: Tea planters in Assam seek CM’s intervention in proposed electricity tariff revision
A view of tea gardens in Darjeeling, AssamGuwahati: Tea planters in Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s intervention in checking the proposed tariff revision of the electricity.
. According to the tea planters Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL) has proposed to increase fixed charge from Rs. 250.00 to Rs. 320.00, a hike of 28% and energy charge from Rs. 7.15 per unit to Rs. 8.75 per unit, a hike of 22.3% for tea sector.
There is a separate category for tea, coffee and rubber and tariff of this category is second highest after oil & coal sectors. APDCL has proposed to increase tariff in the coming financial year 2020-2021 in all categories.
North Eastern Tea Association (NETA) in a statement stated Assam Tea Industry is already under threat due to adverse market scenario, which is prevailing for last few years. “Such a steep hike of fixed charge and energy charge on electricity consumption will be detrimental for the Assam tea industry, which is already under tremendous strain due to hike of input costs and low realisation of tea prices”.
The body added, “Tea being an agriculture commodity providing employment opportunity to large scale of rural population in Assam, the need of the hour is to support this agriculture based rural industry”.
NETA said, “We understand the need to hike electricity tariff by APDCL. The hike should be as per cost inflation on all commodities otherwise such an abnormal hike will adversely affect ailing tea industry of Assam. We request the intervention of Chief Minister of Assam in this regard.”