Reduces Electricity Duty By 12%, Declares Reservation For Paharis, OBCs
15 August 2014
: The Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Friday announced reduction of electricity duty by 12 percent and declared reservation of 5 percent for Paharis speaking people and 2 percent for OBCs. Talking to reporters after addressing August 15 function at Bakshi Stadium, Omar announced reduction of electricity duty by 12 percent, thus bringing it down from present 22 percent to 10 percent. He also ordered for implementation of new amnesty scheme for power sector. 'While my government has provided 40 percent more power to people during my tenure, I wanted to give them further relief by way of reducing electricity duty. The change in fee structure is the jurisdiction of the State Electricity Regulatory Authority (SERA), as such, I could provide the relief to the people by way of reducing the electricity duty,' Omar said. He also announced reservation of 5 percent for Paharis speaking people and 2 percent for OBCs. 'The government had persuaded the Central government for declaring Pahari speaking people as Schedule Tribes and I had expected UPA-II government would decide in this regard but that didn't happen. In order to give relief to the Pahari speaking people as also accommodate the demand of OBCs, I announce 5 percent reservation quota for Pahari speaking people and 2 percent in favour of OBCs', Omar said adding OBCs are presently enjoying 2 percent reservation and the increase of more 2 percent will raised it to 4 percent. He said he would continue to pursue the declaration of Schedule Tribe status for Pahari speaking people at the Central level.