The Forum of Association of Belagavi District gathered at the Kannada Sahitya Bhavan, Rani Channamma Circle Belagavi, to address the recent increase in power tariffs and unfair extraordinary charges billed by ESCOMs operating across Karnataka state.
This issue has affected industries, trade, as well as every household in the state. We are conducting this press conference to protest the sudden burden on businesses and the general public and express our views and planned actions.
The industry, trade, and households are already struggling with increasing energy costs and cannot cope with the overwhelming FPPCA levies. Therefore, we request the government to intervene and roll back the draconian levies with immediate effect and resolve this issue within a week.
The following actions have been decided by all associations of Belagavi:
1. All associations of the Belagavi District and the consumers of HESCOM will join in a silent protest and submit a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner of Belagavi, HESCOM Belagavi, Ministers, MP, and MLAs of our constituencies in Belagavi District on Tuesday, 13th June 2023, at 10:15 am. The silent protest will start from Rani Chennama Circle to DC office.
2. We shall wait for a week for the officials to take action to withdraw the hike.
3. If no action is taken by the officials, we shall take strong measures to protest. This may include a Bandh of all industries and businesses across Karnataka.
4. We shall also explore legal action and approach the courts for justice.
We urge the government to take immediate action to address this issue and provide relief to the people of Karnataka.