Srinagar:Apni Party Senior Vice President Ghulam Hassan Mir on Friday urged the Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha to revisit the decision effecting a steep hike in electricity tariff that has added to the burden of a common man in Jammu and Kashmir.
Mir, who raised the issue with the Lt. Governor’s office and the top officers in the administration, remarked that the people in Jammu and Kashmir are already suffering from a distressed economic situation and an arbitrary increase in power tariff is totally unbearable.
“Today morning, I received various reports from Gulmarg constituency wherein consumers have been dispatched with the bills showing manifold increase in their normal electricity dues. This is totally an unwarranted decision that has been taken by the power department without taking the sufferings of the people into consideration,” he said.
Mir observed that the Covid pandemic has crippled the economy in J&K like any other place in the country but the residents of Jammu and Kashmir had already received a blow to their per capita income since early 2019.
“I have appealed Lt. Governor, Chief Secretary and the concerned Chief Engineer to review such a decision by virtue of which there has been a unilateral hike in the power tariff and revisit this decision in the interest of the people of J&K,” Mir said, adding that the people of J&K are not in a position to pay such exorbitant fee in the present circumstances.