People angry about extra FSA from April
Sripathi Srinivas Nizamabad: The State Government, in a tactical move for the past one year, has been...
Sripathi Srinivas Nizamabad: The State Government, in a tactical move for the past one year, has been collecting huge sums of money from power consumers in the form of Fuel Surcharge Adjustment (FSA). Various sections of people � activists of Left parties, TRS, TDP and BJP, power loom owners and small scale industrialists � have been agitating opposing the collection of FSA. Ignoring the agitations, the State Government, a couple of months ago, planned to increase the power tariff. This move to increase power tariff was vehemently opposed by the leaders of all other parties and they also submitted memoranda to the Chief Minister in this regard. However, again giving a deaf ear to all these petitions and agitations, the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy gave permission to Power Distribution companies (Discoms) to collect FSA for the period from July 2012 and this FSA would be collected from April 2013 bills. Farmers, small scale units, traders, power loom owners, weavers, domestic consumers and all other sections of people would be forced to suffer hardships due to the proposed additional FSA.A There are 5,30,000 domestic, 56,000 commercial, 1,60,000 small and medium consumers in Nizamabad district. In addition, there are about 2 lakh connections to agriculture pump sets. Hitherto, the Government collected FSA for previous years. The latest proposal by the Government would impose a burden of about Rs 2 cr on the consumers in the district. Leaders of Left parties � CPI, CPM, CPI-ML (New Democracy), BJP, TRS and TDP expressed their bitterness over the collection of FSA. Government's adamantine attitude to further collect FSA from April, 2013 irritates various sections of people.A Despite collecting unjustifiable amounts from power bills, the State Government is not providing adequate power supply. Power cuts are being imposed for longer hours badly affecting various sections. Transco SE Nagesh admits that power cuts are imposed from 6.30 am to 8.00 am and from 12.00 noon to 2.00 pm in the district headquarter. In villages power cuts up to 12 hours are being imposed. He said that they have not yet received orders to collect additional FSA from April.