Govt will bear part of March, April electricity bill – Amaraweera
By Krishan Jayasuriya
The Government has decided to bear a part of the burden heaped on the public due to the undue hike in the electricity bill, said Minister of Power and Energy Mahinda Amaraweera.
The report of the five-member committee appointed last week to probe the undue hike of the price of the electricity bill was submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers, yesterday (8).
Amaraweera said that the Government has decided to provide the public with the maximum possible relief by going beyond the recommendations made in the report. The report will be forwarded to the Treasury and their views and recommendations will be made available by the next Cabinet meeting, he said.
However, while the Government will provide the maximum possible relief for the people, if a consumer has already paid extra for the bills, the excess will be refunded or added to the next bill, he explained. Further, it is proposed to give a relief period to pay off the bills for March and April to the consumers, Amaraweera said. There will be no interruptions to the power supply over delayed payments, he added.
However, as the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) is a State institution, Amaraweera urged the public to pay at least a portion of their electricity bill in order to ensure its continuous operation.
He expressed these views at a press conference held at the Ministry of Petroleum Resources Development.