The Saubhagya scheme to electrify every home has become the Achilles Heel of the Narendra Modi government in the two-and-a-half month long Extended Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (EGSA) that concluded on Independence Day.
Distribution serves the most vital function in India’s power supply chain, yet it is also possibly the weakest link. State discoms continue to make losses despite multiple bailouts. While the government’s Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) scheme seeks to reduce discom losses, there is hardly any impact on their financial status.
The Ministry of Power (MoP) recently released its sixth annual integrated ratings for the state distribution utilities. Out of the 41 utilities that were covered in the report, five utilities received the highest grade ‘A+’. Four of these utilities are from Gujarat, namely
The beleaguered power sector in Rajasthan is on the path of recovery even though it is set to miss the targets under the Uday and PAT scheme of reducing the transmission and distribution losses to 15% by the end of the current financial year.