- Published on Monday, 20 May 2013 19:29
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The Govt. will never condone oppressing the poor masses of this nation.
“Certain political parties are attempting to fish in troubled waters by misleading the public making use of the recently increased electricity tariff, to fulfill their narrow political aims,” Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary Minister Maithripala Sirisena said, in a special statement on the strike action planned for May 21 by some political parties and NGOs.
The Minister in the statement added that as a responsible government which is civic conscious, it will never attempt to oppress the public by increasing electricity bills willfully.
“The sole intention of the limited price revision was to protect the public utility without allowing it to be destroyed. The government always provided electricity at a concessionary rate. But, with the growing demand for electricity owing to the accelerated development drive covering every nook and corner of the country, the government was compelled to revise the electricity tariff since it is impossible to meet the ever increasing demand with the available resources,” he said.
Minister Sirisena in the statement added, “as a result, we had to seek alternative ways of providing power to meet increased consumer demand by using diesel which is very expensive. Since diesel is an imported item the fluctuation of the price was inevitable and the price of diesel always remained high. The government, confronted with a huge problem to continue with the electricity subsidy coupled with the need to provide other welfare services, had no alternative but to increase the electricity tariff. The intelligent people of the country fully understand the circumstances under which the electricity rates were revised.”
The minister further said that the proposed strike on May 21 was a conspiracy hatched by opposition political parties and their trade unions to mislead the public by propagating false or misleading information on the electricity tariff hike.
“The SLFP, therefore, asserts that this is a mere attempt to gain political mileage by turning the public against a people-friendly government. We are of the view that such politically driven acts would disrupt the rapid development initiatives launched by the government to make this tiny island the Wonder of Asia and would tarnish the good image of the country locally and internationally. By this act they are only trying to hide their political bankruptcy,” he said.
The statement added: “As the SLFP always represents the working community of the country we will never condone oppressing the poor masses of this nation.