May 022013

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* Sri Lanka Marxist party doubts President’s relief measureThu, May 2, 2013, 08:19 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today raised doubts on the President’s statement yesterday granting relief to low-end power consumers.

Addressing a press briefing held in Colombo today JVP politburo member Anura Kumara Dissanayaka raised doubts about the government’s move to grant relief to people affected by the electricity tariff hike.

Dissanayaka warned that the government might “take Rs. 1000 from the back pocket putting Rs. 10 to the front pocket.”

He said the government which boasts about two-third majority had to take a step back in regard of electricity tariff hike due to the protests by the people.

He further pointed out that any struggle could be won through people’s struggles.

Meanwhile the Ministry of Power and Energy announced that only a 25 percent fuel surcharge would be added to the electric bill of the users who consume between 60 to 180 units of electricity per month.

The fuel surcharge levied per the usage of electricity of this category is 40 percent according to the amended tariff structure.

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