Basing its decision on the fact that the condition of industry in Punjab is already in a dismal state,the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has decided to take up the issue of the 9.06 per cent hike in power tariff with the state government.
Interacting with media persons Friday,newly elected CII northern region chairperson Jayant Davar said that they will ask the government to rationalise the tariff as …industry in Punjab is already suffering and there is a need to have a balance regarding power tariff.
D L Sharma,chairperson CII Punjab State Council,said: The hike is not rational at all as in case of commercial,domestic and industry the proposed increase is 9 per cent while in case of agriculture it is 1 per cent. We are not against the subsidy being provided to the agricultural sector,but we say that government should put some cap. They should adopt some model developed by Punjab Agriculture University,Ludhiana to check on those farmers who are misusing power.
The CII authorities felt that hike in power tariff should be done after considering small scale,medium scale and large scale industries. Industries who are buying power in bulk should be given some incentives, CII added,and proposed that increase in power tariff should be category wise.