Bleed us white – KSEB motto – Appeal

Ref. No. 253/NS/2015

20 August 2015

Appeal before the Electricity Consumers under LT 6 (F) & HT 2 (B)

Sub:                                       Bleed us white – KSEB motto – Unite to restore status quo ante – Regarding

Dear Sir,

Greetings from QPMPA. This is an organisation of private Allopathy doctors & hospitals. This letter is to inform you about the looting by KSEB & to request you to join for a legal fight. 

In 1993, QPMPA succeeded in shifting Private Hospitals, Educational Institutions & similar consumers from Commercial tariff slab – LT 7(A) – to Non-commercial tariff slab – LT 6(B).

In 2013, some consumers under LT VI (B) & HT IV were shifted to LT 8 & HT 5 and in 2014 to LT 6 (F) & HT 2 (B). As a result our electricity bill shot up from Rs. 5.50 per unit in 2012, to Rs. 9.00 in 2014 (64% hike). Soon we will be forced to pay more. KSEB claims the extra money is for social obligations, as if we have none. Looting a selected group is not democracy.

Following the 2014 revision, Govt. Hospitals pay Rs. 5.50 for the first 500 units and Rs. 6.30 for the rest. Charitable hospitals pay Rs. 6.30/7.00. Private hospitals & others in LT 6(F) pay Rs. 7.80/9.00. Medium hospitals and schools consuming less than 500 units pay Rs. 750 more every month than those in LT 6 (B). Rs. 5.10 / 7.20 (Rs. 2.10 more.) for HT consumers!

We are more than 25,000 consumers under LT VI (F) and HT II (B). We are looted by KSEBL with the blessings of Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (KSERC). The reason for this exploitation is our non-unity. Though legal opinion (90%) is in our favour, the opposite party is the powerful KSEBL & they will not come to our terms without a long legal battle.

First, we have to approach the Regulatory Commission & there will be no favourable dicision as already proved. Then we must go to higher levels, up to the Supreme Court. The cost involved will be high. Efficient & senior advocates in Supreme Court will charge Rs. 5 lakhs or more in advance for each appearance in Court. We cannot predict the duration or cost involved.

To raise funds we request all in LT 6 (F) & HT 2 (B) – private hospitals, dental clinics, educational institutions & others (if you use more than 100 units) – to donate Rs. 3 per unit as per the last electricity bill. Your contribution can be recovered in 2 or 3 months, if we win. If the required amount cannot be raised we will refund your contribution in full and back out.

QPMPA has decided to form an E-mail group called “Electricity Consumers Group” (ECG) for consumers coming under LT VI (F) and HT II (B) to have a common platform to fight for our just causes. There are more than 25,000 consumers under LT VI (F) and HT II (B). Kindly join the Email group by sending a mail to [email protected] with “Subscribe ECG” in subject line. This group will help us pass on information fast and promptly. Let us “Unite or Perish”.

In anticipation of your cooperation, we remain, dear Sir,

Yours sincerely,           

  Dr. K. Kishore Kumar (Secretary)

Subscription Address: [email protected]

Unsubscription Address: [email protected]

Visit http://www.qpmpa.org/node/98 for list of contributors.

Note:             Cheque:        Kindly send crossed cheque drawn in favour of “QPMPA” with a copy of the latest KSEB bill & the enclosed form duly filled to:

The Secretary, QPMPA Office, 5th Floor,
Vallamattam Estate, Ravipuram, MG Road, Kochi 682015

E-transfer:        You may also transfer the contribution electronically to the S/B Account of “Qualified Private Medical Practitioners Association”, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Ettumanoor Branch – SB - A/c. No. 07842191022514 & IFS Code - ORBC0100784). Send proof of payment & form enclosed to QPMPA.    

 

Encl: 1. Form for details of consumer (kindly fill & return).

          2. ERC Tariff order 14.8.2014 – (Gist from few pages.) List of those included in LT 6 (F) & HT 2 (B) – last Para. Those highlighted (bold/red) cannot be included in our group,                  though acceptable for the ERC & KSEB.

Calculation of contribution: Units consumed as in the latest KSEBL bill x Rs. 3. This is a pro rata contribution – that is, higher the consumption, higher the contribution. Consumers in this group using less than 100 units need not join this legal battle, if they so desire. E.g.: (1) 125 kWh (units) x Rs. 3 = Rs. 375; (2) 200 units x Rs. 3 = Rs. 600; (3) 2,000 units x Rs. 3 = Rs. 6,000, and so on.

Tariff Table for comparison

 

 Tariff rates                   2012             2013              2014                       2013                                 2014

                                                   Low Tension                                                        High Tension

LT VI (A)       <500 =   Rs. 4.80       Rs. 5.10         Rs. 5.50            HT II      Rs. 4.45   HT II (A)   Rs. 5.10                                              

                     >500 =   Rs. 5.50       Rs. 5.90         Rs. 6.30

LT VI (B)       <500 =   Rs. 5.50       Rs. 5.85         Rs. 6.30           HT IV     Rs. 6.10    HT II (A)     Rs. 5.10

                     >500 =   Rs. 6.50       Rs. 7.00         Rs. 7.00                         Rs. 7.20

                                                           LT VIII           LT VI (F)

                       0-100 =                       Rs. 5.50         Rs. 5.80          HT V     Rs. 6.00    HT II (B)       Rs. 6.20

                       0-200 =                       Rs. 6.00         Rs. 6.50                       (<30,000                      (<30,000

                       0-300 =                       Rs. 6.50         Rs. 7.20                          units)                             units)

                       0-500 =                       Rs. 7.50         Rs. 7.80                       Rs. 7.00                        Rs. 7.20

                       >500 =                        Rs. 8.50         Rs. 9.00                      (>30,000 u.)                 (>30,000 u.)       

 

 


Details of the KSEBL Consumer

(Return this form with the contribution.)

Name of the Consumer: ......................................................................

Name of contact person with designation: ............................................

Address of the Consumer with Pin code : ...........................................

......................................................................................................

......................................................................................................

Phone No(s): Land phone: .................................................................

Mobile: ...........................................................................................

Email IDs.: ................................................................................

KSEBL Consumer *No(s).:  .............................................................

Name of KSEBL Section: ............................................................

Tariff category: LT 6 (F) / HT 2 (B) : ...............................................

Contribution details:

Units (kWh) consumed as per the latest bill(s):                      ..........................................

Multiply with                                                           Rs. 3:                X 3 .....................

Total Contribution:                                                     Rs.       ..............................................

Mode of payment: Cheque/Electronic transfer: .....................................................................

If by cheque, the Cheque No.: ...........................................................................................

Name of the Bank: .......................................................................................................

If by Electronic transfer, attach proof: ..............................................................................

Signature/Seal

*No(s): Many hospitals have more than one LT connection. Kindly list & pay for all connections.

Mail to:  The Secretary, QPMPA, 5th Floor, Vallamattam Estate, Ravipuram, M. G. Road, Kochi 682015

Note:               Cheque:          Kindly send crossed cheque drawn in favour of “QPMPA” with a copy of the latest KSEB bill & this form duly filled to QPMPA.

E-transfer:      You may also transfer the contribution electronically to the S/B Account of “Qualified Private Medical Practitioners Association”, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Ettumanoor Branch – SB - A/c. No. 07842191022514 & IFS Code - ORBC0100784). Send proof of payment & this form to QPMPA.

(Select the form and copy paste it to word format. Fill up the details and include that in the letter to QPMPA with payment.)   

Mail Address:

The Secretary, QPMPA Office, 5th Floor,
Vallamattam Estate, Ravipuram, MG Road, Kochi 682015


ERC TARIFF ORDER dated 14.8.2014 FOR KSEBL - 2014-15

http://www.erckerala.org/userFiles/635439576817650000_ARR&ERC%20for%20website%2018.8.2014.pdf

The Groups in each category

(b) Dental Clinics, consulting centers run by Doctors. (Appeal submitted.)

(ERC justification to reject appeal by Dentists/Doctors - 2014) (Pages 132 & 135)

8.24  Indian Dental Association has pointed out that dental clinics shall be categorized under LT VI (B) at par with the offices of other professionals like offices of chartered accountants, consulting engineers, advocates, etc. 

8.34   As per the prevailing tariff schedule, Private hospitals, Private Clinical Laboratories are categorized under LT-VIII General tariff. Accordingly, electricity used by ‘all the Dental Clinics, Consulting Centers run by Doctors are charged at LT-VIII tariff. However, offices of the advocates, chartered accountants, company secretary, consulting engineers, tax consultants, architects, cost accountants, management consultants etc are categorized under LT-VI (B) tariff. Indian Dental Association has requested that, the clinics run by Dentists are generally consultancy service and hence they may be charged under LT-VI(B) tariff only instead of LT-VIII General tariff. There is also request from the consultancy centers run by Doctors to charge under LT VI (B) tariff. KSEBL has proposed that considering consultancy services offered by Dentists and Doctors, the consultancy centers run by ‘Dentist and Doctors’ may be allowed to be charged under LT-VI(B) provided their connected load of the service connection is less than or equal to 5kW. However, if the connected load of the consultancy centers run by ‘Dentist and Doctors’ are more than 5 kW, they may be charged only at LT-VIII tariff. It was pointed out by the Indian Dental Association that the total connected load with the minimum equipments in a Dental clinic comes to around 19 kW and hence the limit of 5kW proposed will not serve the requirement of a Dental Clinic. Commission decided to categorize them under category LT VI General (F) along with private hospitals, private clinical laboratories since the clinics run by dentists and doctors will naturally fall in the consumer class of private hospitals under the consumer category of LT –VI General (F).

LOW TENSION –VI GENERAL (A) {LT- VI (A)}

[Page 150 onwards in the above order.]

            Tariff applicable to government or aided educational institutions; libraries and reading rooms of government or aided educational institutions; Government hospitals; X-Ray units, laboratories, blood banks, mortuaries and such other units attached to the government hospitals; blood banks of IMA or of local self Government Institutions; private hospitals and charitable institutions registered under Travancore - Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration Act, 1955, the donations to which are exempted from payment of Income Tax; premises of religious worship; institutions imparting religious education and convents; poly clinics under Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS).

LT- VI GENERAL (B)

          The tariff applicable to offices and institutions under State or Central Government or Local Self Government; Corporations; Boards under State or Central Government; Kerala Water Authority (KWA); Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC); Kerala State Water Transport Corporation (KSWTC); hostels of educational institutions affiliated to Universities or under the control of the Director of Technical Education or Director of Medical Education or Director of Public Instruction or such other offices of government; hostels run by the State or Central Government; hostels run by State Social Welfare Board; hostels run by institutions that are registered under Cultural, Scientific and Charitable Societies Act, the donations to which are exempted from payment of Income Tax; village offices; Government Treasuries; Pay wards and institutions of Kerala Health Research and Welfare Society (KHRWS); travelers bungalows, rest houses and guest houses under government; type writing institutes; offices of advocates or chartered accountants or company secretary or consulting engineers or tax consultants or architects or cost accountants or of management consultants; social organizations; museum and / or zoo; offices of political parties not approved by the Election Commission of India; collection centres of ‘FRIENDS’; single window service centres under Department of Information Technology; all post offices including extra departmental (ED) post offices; micro financing institutions registered and functioning as per the guidelines issued by Reserve Bank of India; Police Clubs, cameras at traffic signal points; offices of service pensioners’ associations.

LT VI GENERAL (F)

            Private hospitals, private clinics, private clinical laboratories, private X-ray units, private mortuaries, private blood banks, private scanning centers, computer training institutes, self- financing educational institutions (including hostels), private coaching or tuition centres, cinema studios, Audio/video cassette recording/duplication units, CD recording units, all construction works, installations of cellular mobile communications, satellite communications, offices and / or exchanges of telecom companies, offices or institutions of All India Radio (AIR), offices or institutions of Doordarshan and other Television broadcasting companies, cable TV networks, radio stations, insurance companies, call centers, cinema dubbing and animation studios, hall marking centres.


Kindly note the groups highlighted (bold) in LT 6 (B) & LT 6 (F) & judge how the ERC manage the looting.

The highlighted ones in LT 6 (B) are more important than doctors & those highlighted in LT 6 (F) are non-commercial for the ERC & KSEBL.     

ECHS was in LT 8 in 2013 & now in LT 6(A) – They have sincere Officers to do that, unlike those paid by private hospital / Edu. Institution owners!

QPMPA was the only organisation that objected the hike in 2013. Visit http://epaper.timesofindia.com/Default/Scripting/ArticleWin.asp?From=Archive&Source=Page&Skin=pastissues2&BaseHref=TOIKRKO/2013/05/10&PageLabel=4&EntityId=Ar00400&ViewMode=GIF (TOI 10 May 2013)


 

Letter dated 4.1.2016 to all the beneficiaries:

Dear Consumers,

Appeal before LT 6 F & HT 2 B consumers

Ref: Our letter No. 253/NS/2015 dated 20 August 2015

Our websites - http://www.qpmpa.org/node/97http://www.qpmpa.org/node/98  & http://www.qpmpa.org/node/99

Four months back we approached you to raise funds for a legal battle with KSEB for the unilateral action taken by them in 2013 & 2014.

From 1993 to 2012 we were under LT 6 B category. In 2013, the KSEB shifted us to LT 8 and imposed a hike in electric energy. In 2014, the rates were again increased.

Following the hike in 2013, the Dental Association of Kerala approached the KSEB for some favours and the same rejected. There are more than 5,000 dental clinics in Kerala and they never thought of going to higher levels for justice. May be lack of funds. We contacted the Dental Association now and no reply from anyone.

Until 1993, we were under LT 7 A category and the efforts of the QPMPA helped us reach the LT 6 B level in 1993. The cost involved was high and those who benefitted never kept their word.

If we take up this issue, the KSEB will drag us up to the Supreme Court and it is not fare on our part to back out as done by a group coming under this tariff category. For that we must be prepared financially.

In 2013, the Electricity Regulatory Commission (ERC) gave some concession to those coming under LT 8 (now LT6F) and impressed the HT consumers by giving them a reduction.

In the very next year, i.e. 2014, they reduced the rate for HT2A category from Rs. 6.10 to Rs. 5.10 and for HT2B the rates increased to Rs. 6.20/7.20.

That means, an HT2B consumer is now paying Rs. 1.10/2.10 more than the HT2A consumers.

The ERC has no right to tax us like this to make KSEB richer. If we take this up we have every right to win our side and get a reduction or even go back to the earlier slab – LT 6B!

The cost involved will be very high to fight this issue in the Supreme Court. If the beneficiaries can contribute at least Rs. 25 lakhs by March 2016, we will take up the issue and try our best. If we cannot reach that level by then, the money collected will be returned and we will back out.

Thereafter, we will be at the mercy of the ERC & KSEBL! Hope we will come out of the slumber and get rid of the Kochi Raja Attitude (Genovese Syndrome).

Dear Consumers, kindly note that nothing is available free of cost in this world. If you fail because of the inherited trait or habit (i.e. KRA) we will all regret soon.

Kindly visit the three websites shown and you may decide the next step!

With warm regards,

Kishore Kumar, Secretary, QPMPA

 

NB: If you have any questions feel free to send an Email to [email protected]

I am recovering after an oral surgery and cannot speak freely.

 


Letter to ECG on 21.10.2015

Dear ECG members,

On September 1, 2015 we (QPMPA) started an exercise to raise funds to fight the illegal energy charge hike by ERC to help KSEBL.

After 50 days and after contacting more than 4,000 consumers coming under LT 6 (F) & corresponding HT, the response is not encouraging.

35 consumers contributed so far for the legal fight and the details are at http://www.qpmpa.org/node/98

As said in the above site if the score cross the 60 points mark the QPMPA will go ahead and if not we will back out and refund the contribution. Now we have reached 1.57 mark!

This is a golden opportunity and if we miss this chance, there will be none to take up this issue again and the ERC/KSEBL will continue their plunder. Kindly cooperate. There are more than 25,000 consumer under LT6 F and we have no means to reach them all. Pass on this information to your friends coming under LT 6 F and ask them to visit http://www.qpmpa.org/node/97 for the message.

With regards,

Dr. K. Kishore Kumar, Secretary, QPMPA

(Note: I am recovering after an oral surgery and speech is impaired. Cannot talk freely. If you have any doubts kindly send Emails to [email protected])


Letter to ECG members dated 4.10.2015

Dear Friends,

Thank you for the cooperation to fight the illegal tariff hike by KSEB in 2013 & 2014. We started this exercise in September 2015 and the list of contributors can be seen at http://www.qpmpa.org/node/98

Most of the High Tension consumers believe that the difference in Energy charges is not much to invest money for a legal battle. Unfortunately, the think tanks for the HT consumers failed to note that given in the table - Visit http://www.qpmpa.org/node/97 (This page)

In 2013, the HT 5 consumers got a reduction of 10 to 20 paise when compared to HT 4 consumers corresponding to LT 6 (B). Interestingly, there was a revision in 2014. In 2014, HT 5 consumers were renamed as HT 2 (B) and charges increased by 20 paise. What the think tanks missed was the fact that HT consumers under HT 2 (A) got a reduction of Rs. 2.10 in 2014. LT 6 (F) consumers are also cheated with the hike in 2014.

As said in the list of Contributors, we will wait for 6 months to raise the required amount for a long legal fight and if the consumers are not to cooperate, QPMPA will back out and refund the contributions.

Thank you for the support given.

With regards,

                                                                                                                                                            Secretary, Kishore Kumar

 


 

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