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BJP creates ruckus in Bihar Assembly over power tariff hike

Opposition BJP on Tuesday created ruckus in the Bihar Assembly over hike in electricity charges by 15 paisa per unit in urban areas and 10 paisa per unit in rural areas and urged the government to immediately roll back its decision.

Leader of Opposition Nand Kishore Yadav cornered the Nitish Kumar government over the hike and sought immediate roll back of the increase in power rates. "When prices of coal and diesel are going down, the Bihar government has decided to raise power tariff," he said. Yadav rubbished the argument that the hike was needed to narrow the gap of loss to power companies and said their loss was basically due to "inefficiency" to bring down transmission and distribution losses to the tune of 44 per cent.

The Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (BERC) on Monday approved an increase by 2.5 per cent across all categories of consumers except agriculture, public water works and street light consumers.
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