Patna: Demanding an immediate roll back in power tariff, more than dozen organizations in Patna took out a rally and announced to observe a bandh on April 12. Protesters alleged that the state government’s move would have dire impact on the low and middle classes.

The Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (BERC) has increased power tariff by 12.1 percent which is effective from April 1, 2011. BERC has increased 5 paise per unit on power consumption above 300 units. Monthly Minimum Charge (MMC) of Rs 1350 has been withdrawn.

According to BERC, the decision to hike the power tariff was taken on the request by Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB), which sought approval of Aggregate Revenue Requirement and revision of tariff for the year 2012-13. The move would generate additional revenue of Rs 348.06 crore to the BSEB.

It has also approved a revenue gap of Rs 841.17 crore out of which Rs 683.90 crore would be met through state government subsidy. The BSEB has also accepted the proposal to give new connections under Tatkal scheme on double rate of application fee and service connection charges.