President grants relief for over 2.5 m families
Over 2.5 million families who use less than 60 electricity units per
month will be exempted from the proposed electricity tariff hike as
announced by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the May Day Rally in
Colombo, Ceylon Electricity Board sources said.
The beneficiaries amount to almost half of the total electricity
consumers in the country. A concession has also been granted to those
who use 60-180 units per month since a 25 percent reduction will be
effected on their fuel adjustment charge.
The tariff on units is as follows: 60 units will be extended up to
61-66, units 90 to 91-96 and units 120 to 120-126. The CEB has already
presented the new tariff scheme to the Public Utilities Commission. The
revised tariffs will be effective from April 20, said PUC Chairman Dr.
Jayatissa de Costa (PC).