While most Indians are reeling under very high inflation, people in Rajasthan will find life even more difficult as the state government has decided to increase the electricity tariff by 20 per cent from the month of April.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, when sworn in as CM two years back had promised to not increase the power rates at least for agriculture sector for the next five years. But the state government recently permitted State electricity companies to increase the power tariff for industries, residential sector and agriculture on the consumption basis by 17 to 22 per cent.
The companies have approached the State Power Regulatory Authority to allow them the hike.
Owing to acute shortage of power in the State, the companies claim that they are purchasing power at the rate of Rs 6.50 per unit and their annual loss has reached about Rs 8,000 crore annually.
The power companies argue that due to the hike in the tariff the loss would be reduced by 2,500 crore. But, the poor farmers who find it difficult to survive on agriculture, will have a very difficult time.