44.5 lakh consumers not affected : CM version on power hike

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy today said around 44.5 lakh consumers with a connected load of 500 Watts and consuming 100 units a month, would be unaffected with the recent power hike. Addressing a press conference here this evening, he said out of 244 lakh consumers in the state, 180 lakh consumers would pay the same rate as earlier. In some cases, the tariff per unit has come down as per the APERC approved tariff. The Chief Minister said keeping in mind the poor and middle class consumers, the government has taken a decision to extend telescopic benefit for consumption for a slab of 0-50 units (Rs 1.45/Unit)irrespective of connected load (500 watt) only for a consumption of 100 units per month. The additional subsidy to the government due to the above decision is around Rs 175 crore, he said, adding during 2012-13, the state government would be releasing a total subsidy of Rs 5,533 crore (Tariff Order subsidy committed Rs 5,358 crore + additional Rs 175 crore). The Chief Minister said his government was providing subsidy of Rs 3,650 crore towards agriculture and 1900 crore for domestic and other consumers, and claimed that no state government in the country was giving the subsidy like his government. Giving examples of subsidy provided by other state governments, Mr Reddy said Maharashtra was giving Rs 3,000 crore, Madhya Pradesh Rs 1,445 crore, Tamil Nadu Rs 4,294 crore, Karnataka Rs 3,567 crore and Gujarat Rs 1,100 crore. The industries department was paying a gross subsidy of Rs 50,000 crore in the state.