Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), the electricity sector regulator, has introduced a guideline to identify information for an installment payment system for those who are not able to pay the connection charge for a new electricity connection, in terms of Section 27 of the Sri Lanka Electricity Act, No. 20 of 2009 as amended.“Sri Lanka has named year 2017 as the year for eradicating poverty in the country. These guidelines will ensure that any person is able to afford to get an electricity connection,” Damitha Kumarasinghe, Director General of Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka said. According to the new guideline, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and the Lanka Electricity Company Private Limited (LECO) will recover the cost of providing a new connection in reasonable monthly installments along with the tariff and any other charges levied by the distribution licensee as per the standard tariff agreement. In addition, the distribution licensee (CEB or LECO) can also adopt such other criteria fairly and transparently when considering a request from a domestic consumer who does not meet the above criterion. These may include criteria such as pensioners, disabled soldiers, and elderly persons over the age of 55 as well as housing conditions.The guideline which have been already communicated to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and Lanka Electricity Company (LECO) are now in effect. (Colombo Gazette) The guideline says those who are eligible can get the new connection on a monthly installment basis, which should not be more than five percent of the declared household income with the maximum deduction being not more than 1,500 rupees and should be recovered over a period of not less than 24 months. The Divinaguma beneficiaries and households, who get a monthly income, less than 50 percent of the median income of households in Sri Lanka as specified by the Department of Census & Statistics from time to time based on the Household Income & Expenditure Survey (HIES), will be eligible for this criteria where a consumer does not have sufficient means to pay in total at once the expenses incurred by the distribution licensee (CEB or LECO) in providing a supply of electricity.The median income of Sri Lanka is 30,814 rupees per month according to 2012/2013 HIES report. It can be seen that, fifty percent of the median household income per month is reflective of the average income of the poorest forty percent of households.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The pupils started a petitionCredit:Facebook “She is there to help students who have problems like bullying and stuff.“She does so much to help us and we’re so upset she’s been suspended.“Not a single person thinks there is anything inappropriate about it.”And another pupil wrote: “All it was showing was a bit of leg.”Headteacher Sue Calbert told the Milton Keynes Citizen: “If we have any concerns about a staff member, this would not be discussed with students.“We are aware of rumours but conclusions are being drawn which have no factual basis.”When contacted by the Telegraph for further information, the school gave no comment. The pupils started petition called “Get Miss Ferguson Back” and had more than 250 signatures on Wednesday night with some of them coming from parents.The petition has now been taken down.One youngster said: “There is nothing wrong with the photo at all.“We think Miss looks lovely.”Another posted “She is a brilliant teacher. Schoolchildren have come to the defence of their teacher after reports she was suspended for a ‘sultry’ selfie she posted to Facebook.Pupils allegedly filmed Lydia Ferguson as she was reprimanded by senior teachers and escorted off the school premises to start her suspension.The children at Ousedale secondary, Newport Pagnell, Bucks, said the mother-of-three was under fire for posting the selfie, below, to Facebook.