Lucknow: After the diesel prices witnessed a hike of Rs 5 per liter, another burden on the people of Uttar Pradesh is set to fiddle their living as the electricity prices are all set to rise from today. Until now, a domestic consumer was required to pay a flat electricity duty at the rate of 9 paise per unit, they would cough up upto 5 percent more electricity charge, while commercial consumers will have to pay 7.50 percent for the same.

Consumers will now have to pay the two times the duty they would pay earlier. The hiked duty came into effect from Thursday after the notification was issued. As per the notification issued by Principal Secretary, Power, Mr. Anil Kumar Gupta, the electricity duty is now 5 percent of the electricity rate (rate chart) for domestic consumers and 7.50 percent of the electricity rate (rate chart) for the commercial consumers. It has been implemented with immediate effect added Gupta.

Earlier, consumers used to pay 9 percent as the electricity duty. The domestic consumers of the rural areas who have unmetered connections are required to pay 20 percent of the fixed charge as the electricity duty as they would pay earlier.
 
Uttar Pradesh government, reeling under huge financial crises, is using all other options to increase its revenue. In a similar act, the state government earlier imposed 0.5 percent of additional tax on most of the commodities and now a hike in power tariff.  To earn additional revenue, government has amended article 3 of Uttar Pradesh Electricity Act 1952. It is worth mentioning that duty was effective in the state at the rate of 9 percent per unit since 3rd January 1997.

(JPN/Bureau)


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