Price Hike a big drain on common man’s pocket

Consumer and service organisations of the city have urged the government to reconsider the hike in the milk price and bus fare, announced by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Thursday. They have also opposed the move to increase the power tariff.

Describing the hike in bus fare and milk price as steep, S.Pushpavanam, secretary of the Consumer Protection Council, Tamil Nadu, said they would be a big drain on the common man’s budget and appealed to be government to reconsider the decision.

Although the fares have not been raised for the past eight years, a bus journey between Tiruchi and Thanjavur could now turn out to be costlier than train fare. The hike in the minimum fare may be reasonable, but for regular commuters it would be a substantial increase in transport expenditure for a month.

The hike in milk price was also sharp. Aavin, if made corruption-free and efficient, could be made a profit-making agency as it has a vast untapped market potential, Mr.Pushpavanam said and demanded a roll back of the hikes.

On the move to increase power tariff, Mr.Pushpavanam said the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation must stop supplying unmetered electricity, minimise transmission and distribution losses and rid the organisation of corruption before seeking a hike in tariff.

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