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Maharashtra assembly proceeding stalled over electricity tariff hike
Wednesday December 11, 2013 8:21 AM, Staff Reporter

The Maharashtra assembly on Tuesday was stalled over the recent hike in the electricity tariff by the Maharashtra Electricity Regulation Commission (MERC). Wearing Gandhi cap and led by Bhiwandi MLA Rashid Tahir, legislators from different textile clusters staged massive protest demanding cancellation of the power hike imposed to recover over 735 crore losses incurred by the electricity distribution companies.

Shouting slogans, legislators Rashid Tahir and Abu Asim Azmi of Bhiwandi, Mufti Ismael of Malegaon, Rupesh Mahatre of Outer Bhiwandi, Suresh Halwankar of Ichalkaranji stalled the proceeding of the house forcing the speaker to adjourn for 15 minutes.

When the house resumed at around 11:30, the legislators from the textile centres again stalled the proceedings forcing the speaker to stall the house first for one and half hour, and later for the day.

Ministers Rajesth Tope and Arif Naseem Khan tried to persuade them and requested to shun protest. They also promised them that the government is working on a plan to resolve the issue. The legislators however were not ready to listen. When the house was adjourned, they protested outside the house.

MERC in September this year had increased the electricty tariff by about 40%. Weavers across the state staged protest and bandh with a demand to revoke the hike.

Following the protest, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan formed a committee headed by industry minister Narayan Rane to work out a plan in order to resolve the issue. The committee is yet to submit its report.

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