Lucknow: Justifying the recent hike in power tariff, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday said it was necessary. "The power department is in loss...We want the (power) situation to improve...The hike will affect heavy power users and poor will be taken care of," Yadav said.

Holding the previous BSP regime responsible for the power crisis, Yadav said his government was working to increase power production.

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission had on May 31 approved a new power tariff structure, effecting a significant hike for domestic and commercial consumers.

Asked about the distribution of laptops to students who recently cleared standard 12 examinations, Yadav said these would be given as soon as the state receives the supply from the company engaged for the purpose.


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