The disconnection of power supply to consumers who fail to pay their bills will be applied in an equal manner and no separate law will apply to the clergy, said Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekara in a tweet yesterday (11).
The Minister made this observation in response to a statement made by Ven. Omalpe Sobhitha Thero, who confronted that many monasteries are not of capacity to pay the increased electricity tariffs.
The Thero added that despite the clergy being capable of paying the increased bills, the bills will not be paid and that a national movement will be launched in objection to the government’s decision to revise the electricity tariffs.
However, the Subject Minister is of the strong view that it is mandatory to pay the bill, if electricity is used.
Power supply will be disconnected to those who do not pay their bills continuously, Wijesekara went on, adding that the Thero’s comments are politically influenced.