The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government is planning to introduce prepaid electricity recharge cards like in case of mobile phones at the fag end of its tenure from April 2019. Union minister of state for power and renewable energy R K Singh spoke to Anisha Dutta and Rajeev Jayaswal about the move, how it will stop electricity thefts and provide relief to the poor. Edited excerpts:
How do you plan to check electricity thefts as the government is making efforts for universal household electrification?
We are pushing for net metering. But there is a problem of technology. …meters are not available. We are, however, pushing it. We have added 2.26 crore new consumers. It is a record. The fact that we have added so many consumers means billing and collections have become difficult. Most DISCOMs [electricity distribution companies] had to outsource it. But consumers complained about inflated bills etc. Due to this, we will be making it mandatory for all states to shift to smart prepaid meters from April 1, 2019. Read More
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