The seventh power minister’s conference will be held in New Delhi on September 10th, 2013. The conference which will be inaugurated by MoS (I/C) Power Sh. Jyotiraditya M. Scindia will focus on key issues concerning the ministry and will ensure speedy implementation of various schemes at the earliest. The conference will be attended by the power ministers of the states and union territories.
Key issues to be taken up at the seventh conference of power ministers include:-
Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana
A flagship programme of Government of India, RGGVY was launched to provide access to electricity to all households in the country. Under the scheme, projects are financed by the Central Government with a capital subsidy of 90% for the construction of power sub-stations, 33 and 11 KV HT Lines, Distribution Transformers, LT Lines and free connections to all BPL families in the country. The main issues to be discussed pertain to completion of pending projects, difficulties of contract agencies, energisation of villages where work has been already completed among others.
Restructured Accelerated Power Development & Reforms Programme (R-APDRP)
Re-structured APDRP, a Central Sector Scheme with a total outlay of Rs. 51,577 crores focuses on actual, demonstrable performance in terms of AT&C loss reduction. The coverage of programme is urban areas – towns and cities with population more than 30,000 (10,000 for special category states). Private distribution utilities are not covered under the programme. Progress of the projects sanctioned under the programme will be discussed.
Financial Restructuring Plan for State Owned Distribution Licensees & Model State Electricity Distribution Responsibility Bill:
The Scheme notified by Ministry of Power on 5th October 2012, after CCEA approval is available to all participating State owned distribution licensees having accumulated losses& facing financial difficulty in financing operational losses. Under this scheme 5o% STL and power purchase payables outstanding as on 31.03.2013 will be rescheduled by lenders with moratorium on principal and bonds will be issued for balance 50% by discoms to participating lenders.
Model State Electricity Distribution Responsibility Bill (MSEDRB )