House adjourns over power tariff

Parliament sittings were adjourned this afternoon after UNP members took to the well and protested over the recent electricity tariff hike.

UNP MP John Amaratunga initially asked for a clarification from the government over the reasons behind the price hike.

Power and Energy Minister Pavithra Wanniarachi then explained why the government was compelled to introduce higher electricity tariffs.

The UNP later got involved in a verbal feud with the government benches on the tariff issue.

Subsequently several UNP members took to the well of the House and continued to protest against the new electricity tariffs.

The UNP also demanded a one day debate on the tariffs and as the situation continued Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa adjourned sittings till tomorrow. (Colombo Gazette)