Jan 25, Colombo: The utility regulator, Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has informed the National Council that they will send documents to the Attorney General requesting for advice regarding the possibility of increasing the electricity charges retrospectively and requesting for prompt approval for the increase in the electricity charges.
Members of the Public Utilities Commission stated before the National Council that they unanimously agreed to send documents to the Attorney General requesting for advice. Accordingly, the members of the commission said that they hope to forward the relevant documents to the Attorney General today (Jan. 25).
The proposal to raise electricity charges were discussed accordingly when the National Council met in Parliament on Tuesday under the chairmanship of the Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana along with the participation of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.
Addressing the Council meeting, the Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera mentioned that the electricity charges were revised in 2014 to apply retrospectively. The Minister stated that he can provide the documents to the commission if necessary. He also requested to get the opinion of the Attorney General in this regard as soon as possible.
The officials of the Electricity Board pointed out that the operating costs of the Ceylon Electricity Board have reached an unsustainable level.
Ministers Naseer Ahmed, Kanchana Wijesekera, Tiran Alas, State Ministers Indika Anuruddha, D. V. Chanaka, Members of Parliament Sagara Kariyawasam were present at the Council meeting held. Chief of Staff and Deputy Secretary General of Parliament Ms. Kushani Rohanadeera was also present at the Council meeting held.
The members of the Public Utilities Commission, the Ministry of Power and Energy and the Ceylon Electricity Board were also present before the National Council.