Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today slammed leaders of both the Akhilesh Yadav led Samajwadi Party (SP) and Mayawati led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) for suggesting that electricity in the state had become expensive over recent months. Addressing a function in Unnao, the CM said that leaders of Opposition parties should be asked on what moral grounds are they questioning the BJP government as during their regimes they were hardly supplying electricity and yet they were billing people for the same.
Addressing the event, the chief minister also said that the state government was planning to provide free electricity for 34 lakh people of the state and by the end of next year every household in the state will have electricity.
Pointing out on the achievement of his government, the chief minister further said that in eight months, the administration has provided electricity connections to 11 lakh people in the state.
Expressing hope that by 2022, nobody in the country would remain poor, Yogi Adityanath also said that his government wants to give 24-hour electricity supply for every household in the state but for that Line loss has to be reduced, which is 35 percent till now. Explaining the CM said that out of 100 paise, electricity worth of 35 paise is being stolen. Areas that will have 10 percent Line loss, will have the best electricity supply.
Yogi said this against SP and BSP: “People of SP & BSP are creating noise that electricity has become expensive. They should be asked on what morality were they charging people for electricity without even providing it in the first place”. The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) had announced hike in power tariff barely a day after the civic polls concluded in the state, drawing strong disapproval from the opposition parties. The tariff for urban areas was raised by 9 per cent while tariff for rural domestic consumers was hiked by Rs 3 for first 100 units and Rs 4.50 for the rest.
Yogi Adityanath’s attack is aimed at the comments made by Samajwadi Party spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary who termed the power hike to be a ‘dictatorial attitude’ of the BJP and also said that the tariff hike in electricity will add to the woes of the people. Rajendra also said that people were reeling under recent price hike and the power tariff hike would make their lives difficult. Samajwadi Party had also promised 20 hours of power supply in rural areas and 22 hours in urban areas in their election manifesto but rolled back on their promise after two years.
Mayawati, leader of Bahujan Samajwadi Party also did not refrain from attacking the Yogi government. BSP supremo termed the hike “insensitiveness”towards the common people by BJP and demanded an immediate rollback of the hike. She further said that the hike was “anti-people” and accused the SP for pitting the people in such a situation.
The Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana ‘Saubhagya’ rolled out by the central government aims to provide power in all households at least a year ahead of their target. Some of the benefits listed under this scheme are access to electricity to all willing households, substitution to kerosene, improvement in education, health, public safety and many others.
Last month, the chief minister had inspected a thermal power plant in Sonbhadra district of the state. After his inspection, the chief minister had said that the review was being carried out to prevent a repeat of an accident in NTPC’s Unchahar plant. The same month, a huge explosion in a boiler at the plant of the state-run power giant killed 26 people and left many injured.
He also took stock of the workings of the A, B and D units of the Anpara Thermal Power Project, which are owned by the state government, and also of the C unit, which is owned by a private company.