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Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said, Congress ruled states should reduce tax on petrol, diesel, kept silence on BJP ruled states

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Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said, Congress ruled states should reduce tax on petrol, diesel, kept silence on BJP ruled states

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan (Photo Credits-PTI)

New Delhi, June 13 : With petrol and diesel prices reaching record levels, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday said Congress-ruled states like Rajasthan and Maharashtra should cut taxes on vehicle fuel. However, he remained silent on whether states like BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka would do the same, where petrol has crossed Rs 100 per litre. Pradhan said that if the Congress is worried about the rising burden of vehicle fuel prices on the common man, then it should cut sales tax on petrol and diesel in the states ruled by it.

Petrol has become costlier by Rs 5.72 per liter and diesel by Rs 6.25 per liter in less than the last six weeks. Auto fuel prices have reached record highs due to rising international crude oil prices and high central and state taxes. Indraprastha Gas Ltd. Talking to reporters after inaugurating the oxygen plant set up by Maharaja Agrasen Hospital, Pradhan said that the central and state governments need additional money from taxes on petrol, diesel to fight the pandemic and other development works. Also read: Karnataka: Policemen thrashed mentally challenged man, eight personnel suspended

He acknowledged that vehicle fuel prices were hurting consumers. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is a constant attacker on the Narendra Modi government regarding vehicle fuel prices. To a question about this, Pradhan said why fuel is expensive in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Punjab. “If Rahul Gandhi is concerned about the impact of vehicle fuel prices on the poor, he should ask chief ministers to cut taxes on fuel in Congress-ruled states,” he said. BJP-ruled states like Karnataka will also do the same, where the price of petrol has crossed Rs 100 per liter due to local taxes.

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Uttar Pradesh: Electricity prices will not increase in UP this year, regulatory commission’s tariff released

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Uttar Pradesh: Electricity prices will not increase in UP this year, regulatory commission's tariff released

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Lucknow: Electricity prices will not increase this time in Uttar Pradesh. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had already announced that the electricity rate will not be increased any more. On the same lines, the Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission has issued the Tariff Order on Thursday. The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission has rejected the proposal of regulatory surcharge along with slab change of all power companies. Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2022: BJP President JP Nadda gave important responsibility to 7 new Union Ministers of the state!

A full bench of Electricity Regulatory Commission Chairman RP Singh, members KK Sharma and VK Srivastava, filed Annual Revenue Requirement (ARR) for 2021-22 on behalf of the power distribution companies of the state, Annual Performance Review of 2020-21, 2019-20. On Thursday, while giving its verdict on the truth-up (difference between approved and actual expenditure) and slab change petition, issued a tariff order.

The special thing is that this year also, the liability of consumers of about Rs 1059 crore has come out on the power companies claiming regulatory assets of more than Rs 49 thousand crore. In the current government so far, electricity rates have been increased only once in the year 2019-20.

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission rejected all the arguments of the power companies and ruled on Thursday to keep them unchanged while not increasing the current rates of electricity. The commission has also not considered the proposals for imposition of 10-12 percent regulatory surcharge of companies and change of slabs. In such a situation, there is not going to be any additional burden on the pockets of electricity consumers, at least till the next year’s assembly elections.

In fact, the five power companies had filed ARR (Annual Revenue Requirement) of Rs 81,901 crore with the regulatory commission for the current financial year 2021-22. These companies had not made any proposal to increase the electricity rate on their behalf, but had shown a revenue gap of Rs 9663 crore, for which they were seeking an increase in electricity rates. Since only a few months are left for the assembly elections, it was already believed that the electricity rates will not increase now.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had also announced not to increase electricity rates. In such a situation, the power companies tried to collect more from the consumers through other avenues, but the commission scuttled their plans. The companies, showing regulatory assets of Rs 49,827 crore, not only submitted a proposal to the Commission to levy regulatory surcharge up to 10-12 percent, but also proposed to reduce the existing 80 slab to 53, so that earnings can be increased.

The Uttar Pradesh State Electricity Consumer Council, accepting the objection with legal facts on the proposals of the power companies, has given a big relief to the consumers by reducing the ARR by Rs 9938 crore as well as rejecting the proposals for surcharge and slab change. Not only this, giving a big blow to the power companies, the commission has removed the surplus of Rs 1059 crore of consumers on them, due to which there is little scope for increase in electricity rates in the next financial year as well.

In the tariff order announced by the commission’s chairman RP Singh, farmers have also been given a big relief in the tubewell bill. Now even if the meter is going to be installed in the tubewell connection, but the farmers will not have to pay the electricity bill according to the consumption readings recorded in the meter. Considering such connections of farmers as unmetered, electricity bill will be charged from them at the fixed rate of Rs 170 per horsepower.

Awadhesh Verma, president of Uttar Pradesh State Electricity Consumer Council, says that his fight has resulted in a big victory for the electricity consumers. However, to give further relief to the consumers during the Corona period, the government and the Power Corporation have not accepted the tariff proposal to reduce their electricity rates.

Verma says that Rs 19,537 crore of consumers was already coming out on power companies. In the order on Thursday, the commission has removed another Rs 1059 crore of consumers on the companies. In such a situation, now there is a surplus of Rs 20,596 crore of consumers on the companies. In order to reduce the electricity rates in lieu of surplus, the council will soon file a review petition in the commission.

Verma clearly says that the rate of electricity should not remain the same, but should be reduced. Electricity is still expensive in Uttar Pradesh compared to many other states. UP ranks second among the five states with costly electricity.

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Talking about Mekedatu dam, the new Chief Minister of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu BJP President has taken a stand against his own party’s CM Basavaraj Bommai, know the root of the controversy

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Talking about Mekedatu dam, the new Chief Minister of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu BJP President has taken a stand against his own party's CM Basavaraj Bommai, know the root of the controversy

Tamil Nadu BJP President, K Annamalai (Photo Credits: ANI, Twitter)

Basavaraj Bommai, who became the new Chief Minister in Karnataka just two days ago, seems to be embroiled in a new controversy. In fact, Basavaraj Bommai has talked about the construction of Mekadatu Dam in the state as soon as he became the Chief Minister. Due to this, politics in Tamil Nadu got heated to such an extent that Tamil Nadu BJP President K Annamalai has threatened to fast the Basavaraj government despite being from the same party. Tamil Nadu BJP President K Annamalai said that we will fast on 5th August against the Basavaraj government of Karnataka.

Actually Mekedatu Dam is to be constructed in the Cauvery Delta region. This currently remains the biggest dispute for Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. In the Cauvery delta region of Tamil Nadu, farmers and agricultural laborers had protested fiercely against the initiative to build a reservoir on the river Kaveri in Mekedatu, Karnataka in the past.

During this, the protesters also demanded the Modi government to stop the proposed project and appoint a permanent chairman of the Cauvery Water Management Authority. In this movement, the farmers’ organization Tamil Nadu Vivasaigal Sangam of the Communist Party of Marxist and the All India Vivasay Tozhilar Sangam, the agricultural workers’ organization, jointly demonstrated.

In this case, the Tamil Nadu government says that Karnataka should follow the Supreme Court’s order that no obstruction can be allowed in the free flow of the Cauvery river, which is a part of the people living in the delta region. It is the main source of water for the farmers.

Let us inform that the total cost of Mekedatu Dam project is Rs 9,000 crores. This dam project is to store and supply drinking water to other areas of Karnataka including Bangalore. At the same time, a target of about 400 MW of electricity has also been set through this project. It was first approved by the Karnataka State Government in the year 2017. At the same time, the detailed report of the project has already been approved by the Ministry of Water Resources.

Let us tell you that Tamil Nadu is the biggest obstacle in the way of Karnataka’s Mekedatu project. In fact, the Tamil Nadu government filed a petition against this project in the year 2018 against the Supreme Court in New Delhi and challenged the project. Tamil Nadu argues that the Central Water Commission has ignored the court’s order. In an all-party meeting held earlier in this matter, the opposition AIADMK wanted the state government to settle all matters related to Mekedatu dam with contempt of court proceedings.

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