GUWAHATI: The implication of Congress’s assure to surrender to 200 items of free electrical energy to each family is that 70% of energy shoppers in Assam received’t need to pay any expenses in any respect.
An estimated 35 lakh of fifty lakh shoppers within the state use lower than 200 items of energy.
So, Congress’s assure could possibly be its trump card in garnering the help of the decrease center class and the middle-class voters.
“There are a complete of fifty lakh shoppers in Assam. Only one,23,244 shoppers fall within the Jeevan Dhara Class who’re required to pay a tariff cost of Rs 4.25 per unit.
The tragedy is that almost all of Assam’s electrical energy shoppers pay an exorbitant, exceptional electrical energy tariff fee of Rs 6.15 per unit,” mentioned AICC normal secretary Randeep Surjewala at a press meet on Monday.
Surjewala alleged that after fleecing the individuals with excessive tariff for 5 years, the BJP-led authorities issued a misleading order on February 26, stating that electrical energy as much as 30 items within the Jeevan Dhara scheme will likely be free. “The second energy consumption goes to 31 items this profit will go. If you happen to mild even a single bulb, the tariff will likely be greater than 30 items. Therefore, the order itself is a non-starter,” he added.
Congress additionally accused the BJP-led authorities of betraying the pursuits of Assam by systematically reducing the state’s personal energy era capability and inspiring the acquisition of energy at costly charges starting from Rs 8.78 per unit to Rs 12.42. “In 2014-15 (below Congress authorities), the common worth of electrical energy bought in Assam was Rs 3.96 per unit. In 2019-20, it elevated to Rs 5.05 per unit — a rise of over 30%. In 5 years of the Sonowal authorities, electrical energy value over Rs 20,000 crore has been bought by spending Assam’s treasured sources,” Surjewala mentioned.
Assam Energy Era Company Restricted has an put in era capability of 431 MW however Assam requires over 1,500 MW of electrical energy. “Shockingly, 5 producing items have shut down below the BJP authorities and the era capability has fallen from 431 MW to 366 MW,” Surjewala alleged.
Quoting from a reply to a parliamentary query, the AICC normal secretary additionally accused the BJP authorities of pushing the hardworking individuals of Assam to a place the place they get the least quantity of energy, similar to in Bihar.
That reply pegged the annual per capita electrical energy consumption within the state at simply 348 items. “Because of this each resident of Assam doesn’t even get one unit of electrical energy per day. This clearly displays how Assam has been pushed to the bottom degree by the Sonowal authorities,” Surjewala mentioned.
Assam Congress will even maintain interactions with the youth to unfold consciousness about its different assure — to supply 5 lakh authorities jobs. These will likely be held in any respect 43 constituencies which might be going to the polls within the first section.
The social gathering has knowledgeable that over 1.4 lakh individuals have registered for its job assure scheme on the social gathering web site www.congressor5guarantee.in. Congress candidates will reply questions of the individuals on this.