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     Raipur, April 29, 2012: Main opposition Congress today alleged that the Raman Singh government had betrayed the people by making a steep hike in power tariff.

     “Steep increase in power tariff by the Raman Government is cheat and betrayal to the people,” Congress party said in a statement.

     By increasing the tariff, the state BJP government had once again proved it was least bothered about the condition of the people, it said.

     The opposition also blamed the Chief Minister for the hike since the power portfolio was being handled by Singh himself.

    While making the maximum increase by 46 per cent yesterday in the power tariff the state government had even not spared the agriculture sector.

     As per the new tariff, for the first 100 units instead of Rs 1.80 the Electricity board would charge its consumers Rs 2.10, or an increase of 16.60 per cent, official sources said.

     For consumption between 101 and 200 units the new price was Rs 2.40 instead of Rs 1.90 or an increase of 26.30 per cent.

     From 201 to 500 unit consumption consumer, the new rate per unit would be Rs 3.40 instead of Rs 2.40 or an increase in 41.66 per cent.

     For consumption between 501 and above the new rate was 5.85 from Rs 3.10 or an increase of 46.25 per cent.

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