New policy levies penalties on distributors for power cuts: Minister


New policy levies penalties on distributors for power cuts: Minister

The central government is currently considering a new policy that imposes penalties on power distributors for load-shedding, Power Minister RK Singh said on Monday. Singh, who was addressing the press in Hyderabad on Monday, said his government, as part of the policy, was considering a Bill that focuses on consumer rights.

The new power policy, currently under the Union Cabinet’s consideration, envisions what he calls “path breaking power tariff”. “In that, I am laying down for the first time in the power sector, a Bill of Rights of Consumers,” he said.

The rights include 24X7 power supply to consumers and in case of any load shedding, penalty would be levied on distribution companies (discoms) and credited into consumers account, Singh told reporters here.

Any disruption in supply—such as transformer going off—has to be attended to within a certain timeframe laid down by the regulator. If not the distributor risks facing a penalty, Singh said. Read More

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