UP to oppose power supply’s privatization

LUCKNOW: The Akhilesh Yadav government in UP is all set for a fresh round of bout with the Modi government at the Centre, this time over the electricity amendment bill that potentially paves way for blanket privatization of power supply to the consumers.

UP state power minister Yasar Shah confirmed to TOI that the state government had already sent its objection to the Union power ministry about the bill that seeks to bring in private players between the distribution companies and the consumers. The Samajwadi Party is now all set to oppose the bill which is likely to be tabled in the monsoon session of parliament scheduled to begin from July 21

“It is not feasible either socially or politically. Power supply cannot be on the lines of mobile services. There are all the chances that the private players would discriminate among consumers,” Shah said. UP government stand falls in line with its commitment to increase the power supply in rural and urban areas by the end of 2016.


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