New Delhi: Energy Minister R Ok Singh has written to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, elevating doubts over her intentions in opposing the Electrical energy (Modification) Invoice, 2021 and requested why she desires to guard personal monopoly in electrical energy distribution, particularly in Kolkata.
Final month, Ms Banerjee reportedly wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, protesting the federal government’s plan to introduce the Electrical energy (Modification) Invoice, 2021 in Parliament within the Monsoon session regardless of reservations raised by the states.
She had known as the brand new amendments “anti-people”.
The invoice was listed for introduction within the latest Monsoon session, however was not launched in Parliament.
In his letter to Ms Banerjee this week, Mr Singh acknowledged, “…the personal distribution firm in Kolkata has one of many highest tariffs within the nation and is a monopoly. If the proposed amendments occurs that firm will face competitors. Why you need to defend this personal firm from competitors shouldn’t be clear.”
The invoice offers for de-licensing the ability distribution enterprise within the nation. As soon as the invoice turns into a regulation, energy distribution could be de-licensed and shoppers may have an possibility to decide on energy provide service suppliers, identical to they do within the telecom sector.
The invoice is meant to finish personal in addition to authorities monopoly within the energy distribution sector.
The minister additionally defined within the letter that different provisions like cross-subsidies will likely be relevant after the implementation of the proposed invoice.
He additional stated multiple service supplier for electrical energy provide in a single space shouldn’t be one thing which is new, as it’s already the case in Mumbai.
Mr Singh additionally identified that the billing effectivity of West Bengal State Electrical energy Distribution Firm is simply 81.43 per cent, in comparison with the nationwide common of 85.36 per cent, and the combination technical and business losses stand at 20.40 per cent.
The regulatory belongings of West Bengal State Electrical energy Distribution Firm are Rs 15,519 crore, and if this burden is added, the tariff will likely be even increased.
Talking on the difficulty final month, Mr Singh had stated, “Licence raj has to go, in order that buyers can come on this sector. If no funding comes, then we’re in darkness.”
He had additionally stated the mounted value for energy distribution firms could be protected, and there could be a ceiling tariff to guard the curiosity of shoppers.
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