Under the non-domestic category, the charges for consumption up to first 100 units have been raised from existing Rs 4.50 per unit to Rs 5.10 unit. Those who consume between 100 units and 200 units will now be charged Rs 5.50 per unit instead of Rs 4.90 while those with more than 200 units of consumption will be charged Rs 5.90 instead of Rs 4.90 per unit. In the small industries category, consumers with connected load up to 5 KW, charges have been raised from existing Rs 3.50 per unit to Rs 4 per unit. For those with connected load above 5 KW but up to 18.65 KW, charges have been raised from existing Rs 3.50 per unit to Rs 4.35 per unit.
For the medium industries and bulk supply for mixed load, for LT and HT categories, charges have been raised from Rs 3.75 per unit to Rs 4.75 per unit. For LT category, fixed charges have been kept unchanged at Rs 50 per HP per month while for HT, fixed charges have been raised from Rs 80/kVA of Billing Demand per month to Rs 112/ KVA of Billing Demand per month. For the large industries, tariff have been raised from Rs 4.01 to Rs 5 per unit. Fixed charges have been raised from Rs 90 per KVA per month to Rs. 125.
Meanwhile, chief minister Ashok Gehlot said the power hike will not add to the financial burden of farmers and BPL families. He said that farmers and BPL families are among the 60% of the consumers, who will not have to pay the increased power tariffs. For the purpose, the government will increase the subsidies from Rs 500 crore to Rs1, 000 crore.
The BJP has criticised the hike in power tariff. "The state government, which has failed in controlling price rise, is only adding to the financial burden of the common man. It is ironical that the power tariff is being increased when the government is in no position to meet the demand and power cuts have become regular,'' said party president Arun Chaturvedi.
Source- Times of India