New Delhi: A day after power tariff was hiked by a whopping 26 percent hike, a number of Congress MLAs and MPs came out criticising the increase and asked Delhi government to provide subsidy to the poor consumers. East Delhi MP and Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's son Sandeep Dikshit said Delhi government should insulate the poor consumers by providing some subsidy.

"I feel subsidy should be given to poor people... Concession should be given wherever it feels should be given," Dikshit said.

Slamming the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission for the "huge increase" in tariff, West Delhi MP Mahabal Mishra demanded intervention by Dikshit to ensure roll back of the hike.

"The DERC hiked the tariff. Delhi government has nothing to do with it. The Chief Minister should intervene and ensure roll back of the tariff," said Mishra.

DPCC president J P Agarwal also criticised the hike. Senior MLA Naseeb Singh said the hike in tariff would further burden the common man and ways and means should be found to provide them relief.

He also demanded scrutiny of DERC's functioning saying why had the regulator proposed in 2010 a cut in tariff by 25 percent.

(Agencies)

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