JAMMU, Oct 15: Shiv Sena J&K activists today gathered under the leadership of State party leader Manish Sahni at Chhani Himmat Chowk near the Party office and expressed their anger over the decision to increase electricity prices by 8%.
Speaking on the occasion, Sahni said the government had dealt a blow to people who dream of relief from unemployment, recession, rising poverty and rampant inflation. He urged Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to reverse the decision with immediate effect and provide cash assistance to relieve the public during festivals.
During its Advisory/Executive Committee meeting, held today under the chairmanship of Lalit Mahajan (Chairman), the Bari Brahmana Industries Association (BBIA) also addressed the issue of the unjustified increase in electricity tariffs of 40 % to 50% by the JERC for the industrial sector. All members of BBIA expressed serious concern over this sharp rise and feared that it might not be possible for unitholders to bear the additional cost of production resulting from unit closures in the near future. The Association called on LG to intervene in the matter and issue the necessary orders to reverse the recent electricity tariff and minimum wage hike for the industrial sector.
Condemning the government’s decision to raise electricity tariffs, Team Mask Force (TMF) chairman Vijay Sharma said the electricity hike amnesty seemed like a bit of a relief to locals of J&K after being burdened with various other deadly taxes amid inflation, rising fuel prices shortly after the Covid-19 pandemic affects resulting in massive unemployment in the country, especially at the far end from the country. He demanded the immediate cancellation of the increase in electricity prices.