‘A committee has been formed to look into the issue. The Tamilnadu Electricity Board could only send its recommendations to the committee. And a set of suggestions have already been sent.’
Stating that there was nothing to panic over the issue, the Chief Minister said, ‘If at all there is a hike in the electricity tariff, it would be only for those who could bear it. Recommendations were made not to hike power charges, especially to households.’
Following Karunanidhi’s announcement, Yasoda raised and said: ‘The Chief Minister has allayed the fears of everyone. His remarks have paved the way for a clear idea over the issue.’
Meanwhile, Karunanidhi today informed the Assembly that youngsters who had applied for government jobs would not be affected due to a decision to appoint retired staff on a temporary basis.
Speaking during the general discussion on the budget, Deputy Leader of Opposition O Panneerselvam said the government’s decision (to appoint retired employees) would affect youngsters, who were waiting for State jobs.
Intervening, the Chief Minister asked Panneerselvam to spell out statistics as to how many youngsters would be affected. To this, the AIADMK leader said job opportunities of thousands would be snatched away thanks to the decision.
Replying, Karunanidhi said, ‘not even a few youngsters would be affected. The decision has been taken to enable the public to get government services without any break due to the retirement of employees. This is only a temporary arrangement.