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Increased power bill hikes hit consumers across India
TIWN Dec 16, 2019
Increased power bill hikes hit consumers across India
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AGARTALA, Dec 16 (TIWN): Power Dept has increased tariff on Electricity 5% for them who are having a bill above Rs. 400.

It has caused surprising electricity bills amid winter season with massive hikes. The almost double chargings are further worrying the people, what will happen when it comes summer.

Not only in Electricity but various services are reeled by now massive imposition of taxes.

In few sectors tax rates were increased, whereas in few sectors new tax was imposed.

In example, scraping of “free medical service” can be cited which has led massive burdens on the common men in Tripura and Govt hospitals have turned chargeable for the common men.

Public have demanded reinstallation of the service immediately like before. Most of the people have no interest for Ayushman Bharat insurance like issues, rather sought 100% free medical services. Revenue collection in exchange of “saving life” has caused pathos across Government hospitals but the BJP led State Govt has turned a deaf ear. Since the BJP led State Government had drafted provisional revised tariffs of 14 hospital services and 286 bio-chemistry, pathological, radiological, digital and clinical tests, it is causing massive criticism. 18 month’s old BJP Govt's multiple anti-people decisions by immature, arrogant politicians are affecting the whole BJP party here, kicked off a fresh infighting among the BJP members themselves.

Water-Tax which was Rs. 30 till 2017 under the Left Govt was increased at Rs. 40 last year and this year it has jumped at Rs. 200.

Power Dept which has decided to hike electricity tariffs at 7.5% which will be used to kick of further developmental works, easily signaling how so far no funding is happening under the Modi Govt for state Tripura unlike the UPA era which helped each state via negotiation in Planning Commission.

Tripura cabinet on July 26, 2018 had decided first ever to bring ordinance to hike 2 % cess on Petrol, Diesel, Natural Gas.

Promising to develop the economy and betterment of every citizens of the state, which will reduce the transport cost and also save time Govt has decided to lavy 2 % cess on fuel. It was said that revenue will develop roadmaps, but although taxes were taken but nowhere development is seen. In this regard, a Congress leader said, Tripura Govt is unnecessarily imposing 24% tax whereas Central Govt imposed another 19% tax. If taxes of 12% by State Govt and 10% by Central Govt are being cut then the price will be downed at 60. In total now the fuel tax in Tripura is 43%.

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