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Public hearing on power tariff tomorrow

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, May 16 � Opposing the move of the Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB) and its successor companies to effect a hike in power tariff, public activist Prof Deven Dutta has submitted objections before the Assam Electricity Regulatory Commission (AERC) citing grounds why the proposed hike is unjustified.

The public hearing over the proposed hike is scheduled for May 18 in Guwahati.

In a statement, Prof Dutta said that it was regrettable that very few political parties and organisations claiming to represent the people were not coming forward to oppose the hike through logical representations before the AERC.

�Most of the parties and organisations are habituated to making a hue and cry while a hike is proposed but never come up before the AERC opposing the hike with logic and reasoning. Burning effigies of ASEB or taking out a �funeral procession� are mere shows for public consumption that do not do any good to a public cause,� Prof Dutta said.

Prof Dutta also urged the public to attend the public hearing.

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Public hearing on power tariff tomorrow

GUWAHATI, May 16 � Opposing the move of the Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB) and its successor companies to effect a hike in power tariff, public activist Prof Deven Dutta has submitted objections before the Assam Electricity Regulatory Commission (AERC) citing grounds why the proposed hike is unjustified.

The public hearing over the proposed hike is scheduled for May 18 in Guwahati.

In a statement, Prof Dutta said that it was regrettable that very few political parties and organisations claiming to represent the people were not coming forward to oppose the hike through logical representations before the AERC.

�Most of the parties and organisations are habituated to making a hue and cry while a hike is proposed but never come up before the AERC opposing the hike with logic and reasoning. Burning effigies of ASEB or taking out a �funeral procession� are mere shows for public consumption that do not do any good to a public cause,� Prof Dutta said.

Prof Dutta also urged the public to attend the public hearing.

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