Ranchi: Adding to the woes of the people reeling under sky rocketing inflation, Jharkhand government on Friday hiked the power-tariffs in the state. Now, domestic electricity will become expensive by 40-50 paise.

Revising the rates, the State Electricity Regulatory Board on Friday announced a hike of 18 percent, which will add an extra burden on the common man’s pockets by 40-50 paise.

For the commercial sector, the rates will vary by 55 paise. The changes come into effect from August 1.
However, the Commission chief Mukhtiyar Singh termed the hike a nominal one. “The hike will not overburden the common man as the rates have been hiked by merely 40-50 paise,” he said.

The commission has also instructed the department to provide the bill on time to consumers. In addition, the electricity department has also been asked not to charge an extra penny in case of any default payment. Constitution of a complaint redressal platform has also been recommended by the Board.

It may be noted that with the hike, the board will generate extra revenue of Rs 395 crores that would take Board’s annual revenue from Rs 2137 crores to Rs 2532 crores.

Details of hike

Rs 12-35 for Kutir Jyoti Connection in rural areas
Fixed charge of Rs 25 and Rs 150 for non-domestic electricity
For irrigation: Fixed charge of Rs 10-40 and hike in flexible charge by 5-10 paise