Hefty electricity bills darken the lives of Koraga tribal community in Kasaragod
Badiyadukka: Perdala Koraga tribal colony could re-establish the power supply which was terminated by KSEB when a group of philanthropists came forward to help them in paying dues. But now, the electricity board has levied a 'hefty' fine on each household - a surcharge of Rs 2000.
The new bill was issued on the October 21. The electricity board has also warned the people that the power supply would be disconnected if they fail to pay the charges by November 15. The move by KSEB officials to levy hefty fines on these Koraga community, which lives in dire conditions, has triggered a massive protest.
There are currently 30 families residing in the colony. They are cut-off from the mainstream society and are earning a modest income. The power supply to the nine houses were disconnected several months ago after they failed to pay dues. The grievances of the tribal colony came to light when Mathrubhumi published an article on September 24 on their plights.
Noticing this, a group of philanthropists under a father-daugther duo from Mumbai, came forward to help them to pay the dues and redress their grievances. Just ten days before only, they had obtained the new connections.
However, officials have responded that there is no alternative but to pay the dues and fine.
These houses have minimal power consumption as many households have just one or two rooms. Koraga Colony member are incapable even to afford the minimum electricity charges.
They have been battling themselves to alleviate from poverty for years. The activists pointed out that it is unjust to punish these people in the name of the law rather than to bring them into the mainstream society by showing compassion.