JSEB embarks upon rural franchise scheme to improve power supply

Jharkhand has embarked upon the path of electricity reforms, unbundling the Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) and introducing rural franchise schemes to improve power supply. “Franchise for Ranchi and Jamshedpur has already been appointed,” Chief Secretary R S Sharma said on Thursday, adding franchisees were also appointed for twelve out of 37 sub-divisions under the Rural Franchise Scheme (RFS). And the scheme would gradually cover other parts of the state, he said. He said power generation, distribution and transmission have been carved out from JSEB to enhance performance in the power sector. As part of the reforms the state on Tuesday split JSEB into four bodies—- Jharkhand Electricity Generation Limited, Jharkhand Electricity Distribution Limited, Jharkhand Electricity Transmission Limited. And Jharkhand State Electricity Development Corporation Limited will remain as the parent company. Unbundling and rural franchise is one of the conditions under the Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Programme.

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