We proposed slashing of electricity bills months ago: Ravi

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The government's decision to reduce electricity tariffs during the months of March, April and May is a welcome move, but this is something we proposed a few months ago, UNP Assistant Leader Ravi Karunanayake said today.

Mr. Karunanayake told a media briefing that a full concession was proposed by the UNP long before the government’s decision to reduce the electricity Bills.

“We proposed a concession on electricity bills when we met higher ups in the government during the lock down period. However, it is good that a concession is given to people,” he said.

“At the same time he said government should have reduced the price of a unit of electricity months ago. Consumption of power was reduced during the lock down period as factories were closed. The price of one unit of hydro power was reduced with the contraction of demand during this period. Therefore the government should have given a concession during that time,” he added.

He also said the reduction of interest rates was also good but said what entrepreneurs, particularly SMEs needed was a stimulus package. “The government’s decision to reduce interest rates further is good but not good enough,” he said.

Referring to the issue pertaining to the alleged fixing of cricket world cup final in 2011, the UNP assistant leader said a UNP government if elected to power will recommend someone to contest for the ICC's top post. “ It could be Sangakkara, Arjuna, Mahela or Sanath Jayasuriya but if we are elected to power we will allow one of these Sri Lankan players to contest for the ICC presidency,” he said. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Mm Thursday, 09 July 2020 10:04 PM

    Easy for you to say with those fancy Italian chandeliers in your refurbished house

    Bandu Thursday, 09 July 2020 10:44 PM

    He is clueless. The government has NOT decided to reduce electricity tariffs during the months of March, April and May. They have only reduced 25% on bills of those below 90 units. Also this 90 units is before CEB arbitrarily estimated extra or as per January bill, no definition on that.

    don jinalal Kalansooriya Friday, 10 July 2020 06:49 AM

    You are absoultly correct

    Johan Friday, 10 July 2020 12:05 PM

    Only less than 40%of the SL population that is Low income families only will get around Rs.350 to Rd.400 money cut for each month. Medium and upper income families will use more than 125 units a month they will not get anything by this.This is only a brain wash.

    Ellawala Friday, 10 July 2020 09:12 AM

    YOU HAVE SLASHED THE COUNTRY BY ROBBING IN CENTRAL BANK

    A consumer Friday, 10 July 2020 09:42 AM

    Typical rubbish from this government to mislead the public. This is no more than a correction or a reversal of part of the electricity bill calculated incorrectly by the CEB.

    janaka Friday, 10 July 2020 09:43 AM

    this guy should be defeated and not elected to the parliament No body should vote for this Guy RAVI

    VJ Friday, 10 July 2020 10:06 AM

    Have you not yet applied for a job elsewhere?

    Leo Friday, 10 July 2020 10:12 AM

    but if we are elected to power we will allow, so we dont need to take this seriously as power for you Mr. RK is history. You will go down in history as a minister who lived in penthouse apartment and had no idea how he got it.

    burning Friday, 10 July 2020 11:59 AM

    Are u aware that people who normally pay around Rs.1000 to 1500/ monthly have recd bills totalling to 10000/- 12,000/- for these three months. can u now work out 25 percent reduction and comment without . But surely there will be good reduction in your votes.

    Muraly Friday, 10 July 2020 02:52 PM

    Central Bank Robber Speaking !


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