Power Minister assures separation of carriage and content not binding

Power Minister assures separation of carriage and content not binding
Thursday December 24 2015
New Delhi

The Government informed the delegation of National Coordination Committee of Electricity employees and Engineers ( NCCOEEE ) that separation of carriage and content in power distribution as per proposed electricity bill 2014 shall not be binding in nature for the states .

The Government agreed to consider a number of suggestions put forth by a delegation of NCCOEEE which held hour long discussion with Piyush Goyal Union Power Minister and other officials at New Delhi on Monday on the various provisions of Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2014.

NCCOEEE delegation was led by .Shailendra Dubey Chairman All India Power Engineers Federation ( AIPEF) and included P.N.Choudary, . P. Rathnakar Rao, Mohan Sharma, G.K.Vaishnav, Kuldeep Kumar, Subhash Lamba and R..M.Sharma.

V K Gupta a spokesperson of AIPEF said that a detailed meeting with power ministry officials will be held in January 2016 to be followed by another meeting with Union Power Minister. Piyush Goyal also agreed to participative in a general body meeting of NCCOEEE in February to hear the suggestions for the improvement of power sector.

It was assured by the minister that Electricity bill 2014 will be finalized for presentation in Parliament only after detailed discussion with power sector employees and engineers.. The exact changes in the proposed bill will be made available in writing by the Ministry of Power only after Cabinet approval.

V K Gupta said that it has been assured by the Government that the proposed electricity amendment act shall be enabling provision & not mandatory on states. Further n cherry picking will be allowed & all power supply companies including private shall have universal power supply obligation.
State Governments will have option to go with only Government supply companies for power supply and there would be no compulsion of opting for private supply companies. State Governments will have to notify their road map in 5 yrs time after enactment of Act for segregation of carriage & content without any time limit for implementation.

NCCOEEE delegates told the Power Minister that they are opposed to various clauses of the Bill particularly segregation of carriage & content which will pave path for privatization of profit making industrial , commercial and other high end power consumers. Thus state supply companies will by default become supply company of loss making consumers which is not in the larger interest of the nation.

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