Electricity tariff hike has no bearing – AICOA


The All Island Canteen Owners’ Association (AICOA) said the increase in the electricity tariff will not affect the recent price reduction of food followed by Litro Gas price reduction, for now.

AICOA Chief Asela Sampath said the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) Chairman and Trade Minister should implement a plan to grant concessions to reduce prices of essential commodities for people in rural and town areas, at least through Sathosa outlets.

He added that with the increase in the electricity tariff, the CAA Chairman and subject minister have gone into hiding.

“The burden from raising the electricity tariff will be mitigated to some extent if the standard retail price of essential goods provided to people in rural and urban areas is reduced. The canteen system in the country is not running with the use of solar panels. They all use electricity as the main power source to operate electrical equipment such as deep freezers, refrigerators, water heaters, and rice cookers to prepare meals. With the shortage of domestic gas and fuel, the use of electric equipment has increased,” he said.

Sampath said if the CAA Chairman and Trade Minister do not act to provide the concessions, the canteen owners will have to take stern action.

“Prices of yogurt, ice cream, soft drinks, milk packets and even chicken will be increased, as they must be refrigerated. We can’t turn refrigerators on and off frequently,” he added.

By Nabiya Vaffoor