Mumbai, Nov 18 (IANS) One other confrontation erupted on Wednesday between Maharashtra’s ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Occasion after the federal government dominated out any “concessions” to customers over inflated electrical energy payments throughout the lockdown interval.
Power Minister Nitin Raut blamed the Centre for not clearing the state’s dues on GST which might have enabled the federal government to increase reduction to the customers, as he had hinted earlier than Diwali.
Nonetheless, state BJP President Chandrakant Patil, Leaders of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis (Meeting) and Pravin Darekar (Council), senior chief Ashish Shelar and others slammed the federal government for letting down the customers who’re burdened with inflated energy payments.
“The individuals of the state are already beneath stress as a result of pandemic lockdown Regardless of making guarantees, the federal government has failed to supply any reliefs. Now, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray should intervene within the matter and rescue the customers,” stated Shelar.
Justifying the transfer, Raut stated that given the general monetary situation of the Maharashtra State Electrical energy Distribution Co Ltd (MSEDCL), it was not attainable to provide any reduction, although the ultimate determination could be taken by the Chief Minister.
He additionally slammed the BJP for not amassing the pending dues throughout its tenure which has left the federal government over-burdened with no choices however to recuperate the dues.
“The MSEDCL is a buyer and has to purchase electrical energy from exterior… various kinds of fees should be paid. The funds usually are not made by customers and an enormous quantity of 31 % continues to be excellent, so we can not give reduction,” Raut stated.
The present debt burden of the state electrical energy corporations is estimated at round Rs 69,000 crore and it was not attainable to make additional borrowals, the minister contended.
He reiterated that though the state authorities tried very onerous to supply reduction to the customers, however the Centre was prepared to provide loans at 10.8 % curiosity, which was not acceptable as it might add to the federal government’s burden.
Responding to the Opposition onslaught, Catastrophe Administration Minister Vijay Wadettiwar and different Congress leaders requested the BJP leaders to make use of their goodwill and assist the state authorities get reduction from the Centre which was “giving a stepmotherly remedy to the state”.
In June-July, many individuals together with Bollywood personalities and celebs from completely different fields had protested after receiving exorbitant energy payments when consumption was much less throughout the earlier lockdown phases from March-Might.
Whereas some individuals had been slapped with payments that bumped into just a few thousand rupees, others acquired payments of Rs 50,000 and some for even increased quantities, resulting in outrage.
Earlier this month, Raut had indicated that the federal government would offer some reduction, however now he has stated that although no one’s energy connection could be lower, all must pay up and will achieve this in three instalments.
Furthermore, he assured that every one complaints of alleged extra payments could be examined earlier than taking a call on them, at the same time as pleasant celebration Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana chief Raju Shetti demanded reduction for customers whereas ladies activist Trupti Desai warned of “dire penalties” if the surplus payments had been recovered.
Upset by the most recent determination, customers teams and activists staged protests in numerous components of the state condemning the federal government.