Apr 292013

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* Movement in Sri Lanka against increasing electricity rates to march on May 09Mon, Apr 29, 2013, 12:30 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 29, Colombo: A people’s movement in Sri Lanka, the People’s Movement Against the Increased Electricity Bill (PMAIEB) has called for a series of actions against the government’s decision to amend the power tariff.

As an initial step, the movement has sent a letter to the President Mahinda Rajapaksa stating that people are not responsible for the wastes by the government and demanding to minimize waste and grant relief to the ailing Ceylon Electricity Board.

The movement has planned awareness campaigns on April 30, May 03 and May 06 ahead of a protest march scheduled for May 09th.

The People’s Movement Against Increasing the Electricity Bill comprises of a number of trade unions and other civil society organizations including Health Services Trade Union Alliance, Ceylon Teachers’ Union, Ceylon Bank Employees’ Union, Federation of University Teachers’ Associations, Jathika Sevaka Sangamaya, Railway Services Trade Union Joint Front, Telecom Trade Union Collective, Transparency International, and CaFFE.

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