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No increase of electricity charges for at least 2 yrs: Ajith assures

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Power and Renewable Energy Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera has assured that electricity bills will not be increased at least for the next two years.

He made the assurance speaking on the Committee Stage Debate of the Budget 2018 under the financial heads of Power and Renewable Energy, in Parliament.

He stated that the government's intends to establish a solar and wind power park in Poonerin and also distribute 10 million Led bulbs without an initial payment to encourage people to use environmentally friendly and low power consuming lighting. The Deputy Minister added that within a year, the CEB would be able to achieve its goal of generating 100 MW of power through solar energy.

He pointed out that the power demand in the country grows at an annual rate of around 5 percent and it was essential to manage power consumption efficiently, while improving the power generation sector.

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