Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Lok Satta conducting dharna on July 25 to Protest unjust FSA imposition

The Lok Satta Party is organizing a dharna at Vidyut Soudha in Hyderabad on the morning of Wednesday, July 25 to protest against State Government punishing power consumers by imposing fuel surcharge adjustment (FSA) charges. The FSA imposition is meant to cover up its inefficient, irrational and corrupt policies in generation, transmission and distribution of power.

In a media statement, Lok Satta Party leaders P. Ravi Maruth, P. Bhaskara Rao and M. Satyanarayana Rao recalled that the party had requested the AP Electricity Regulatory Commission on July 16 to reject Discoms' (distribution companies) unjust and unscientific proposals to collect FSA for previous years. It had also suggested comprehensive changes in power generation and distribution policies with a view to ending power shortages.

The Lok Satta decided to conduct the dharna since there are no indications of the Government and concerned institutions initiating any action to spare consumers of additional burden or address the power crisis.

The Lok Satta leaders recalled that the Government fought shy of collecting the FSA charges in 2008 and 2009 fearing a backlash in general elections. It has no right to punish the public now for its incompetent policies and vote bank politics.

They expressed their solidarity with all organizations agitating against the Government's electricity policy and appealed to people all over the State to register their protest.

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