Unions say increasing electricity tariff for the poor is not the solution for the current economic crisis.
Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today, the President of the Lanka Viduli Podu Sevaka Sangamaya (LVPSS) Malaka Wickramasinghe said increasing the tariff by more than 200 percent to users who consume less than 60 units a month is unreasonable.
He said it will lead to a major social crisis in the next few months.
Malaka Wickramasinghe said according to data, 3.2 million people use less than 60 units a month while around 250,000 people consume more than 300 units a month.
He said while the tariff for 6 percent of the users had been increased by 75 percent, authorities have decided to increase tariff for half of the Ceylon Electricity Board consumers by more than 200 percent.
Malaka Wickramasinghe is of the view that the decision must be reversed and a bigger percentage increase should be imposed on those in the high scale.
He said those consuming more than 300 units a month are able to resort to alternative energy methods as well.
Malaka Wickramasinghe also said those consuming less than 20 units a month should receive electricity free of charge.
He said since decision-makers consume more than 300 units a month, they have no understanding about the plight of the average Sri Lankans.