Effective today, the Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission announced a price hike of 10- 30 paise per unit for those consuming less than 250 units per month and 40- 50 paise hike per unit, for those who consume above 250 units. The KSEB hadn’t made no such demand for a hike in tariff.
The hike comes despite Kerala joining the UDAY scheme which hadn’t envisioned a hike in 2017-2018. According to a tripartite agreement signed between the Union Power Ministry, the state government and KSEB limited, a five percent hike was to take place only in 2019.
The last power tariff hike took place in 2014. The farming sector suffering the brunt of the drought situation, Low tension (LT) and high tension (HT) categories who already pay more than 120 per cent of the average cost of supply and those falling under Below Poverty Line and consuming less than 40 units a month have also been spared from a hike in tariff.