The opposition Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today slammed the media for hailing the electricity tariff concessions announced by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the May Day rally yesterday.
JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa was directly behind the electricity price increase and yet the media had not blamed him for it.
However when the President announced concessions the media hailed him, Dissanayake said.
“A lot of headlines today said Rajapaks gave concessions on May Day. Why didnt you’ll write saying Rajapaksa increased the price of electricity? It was written that it was done by the Public Utilities Commission. One newspaper had even had a cartoon today where the public are being given a knock on their heads. We urge the media not to put down the industry,” he said.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced yesterday that electricity tariffs will not be increased for consumers who use less that 60 units per month.
He also said that concessions will be given to consumers who use less that 180 units of electricity a month.
Earlier the Public Utilities Commission (PUCSL) had approved the new electricity tariff.
Later the current and former Ministers of Power and Energy blamed each other for the tariff increase. (Colombo Gazette)