Engineers’ federation demands review of country’s policy on electricity
The All-India Power Engineers Federation has disputed claims of Ministry of Power and some state governments of providing 24-hour power supply to all categories of consumers and demanded a holistic review of the country’s power policy if the government wanted to provide round-the-clock power supply at affordable rates.“As per latest figures, around 30 crore people of across the country do not have access to power so where does the question of surplus power arises. The claims of surplus power are highly misleading as a number of people without power is 30 crore, which is huge as per global standards.” the federation said.The Central Electricity Authority in its report has claimed that India was expected to become “power surplus’ in 2016-17”. The data shows that the all-India power deficit has gradually been easing. From 8.7 per cent in 2012-13, the shortfall fell to 2.1 per cent in 2015-16. But these figures are based on the existing number of consumers where one fourth of the population is without power.