Electricity Bill likely in monsoon session
After a prolonged delay, the power ministry now proposes to introduce the amendments to the Electricity Act 2003 in the coming session of Parliament
New Delhi : After a prolonged delay, the power ministry now proposes to introduce the amendments to the Electricity Act 2003 in the coming session of Parliament.
Power and Renewable Energy Minister RK Singh said that new draft of the Electricity (Amendment) Bill was ready as comments on draft have all come by June 15 and it would be introduced in coming session of Parliament once law ministry clears it.
"We will try our best to introduce the Bill in the current session of Parliament itself," Singh said during an online press conference.
He said that amendments were key to unleash next wave of reforms in the power sector that will support all segments of the industry to grow and prosper while allowing consumers to get assured supply of electricity at competitive price.
One of the proposals in the Act is to initiate the exercise of direct benefit transfer (DBT) in the power sector. Singh allayed concerns that DBT would result in interruption in power supplies to the consumers if state did not release its share of subsidy.
Power minister said that state would transfer subsidy into the power accounts maintained by customers with discoms and even if state failed to pay, consumers paying their bills will get uninterrupted electricity supply.
The minister also said that amended tariff policy after getting cleared by GoM has now gone to the cabinet for approval. This policy would also go a long way in reforming the power sector.
He said that reforms were essential for the sector and even in the proposal to cap cross-subsidy surcharge, enough time has been given to states to correct the tariff and bring down the losses.