No free power, first pay and then get electricity, says R K Singh


No free power, first pay and then get electricity, says R K Singh

India is moving towards a new regime where a power consumer would pay first and then get power supplies, which would eventually deal with the issue of non-payment in the sector, Union minister R K Singh said July 15.

The minister also made it clear that states can give free power to certain sections of society but they would have to pay for it from their own budget.

“That is what we are going to do. We are putting a connect between payment and delivery. You make the payment first and then you will get the power… there is no such thing as free power. You cannot produce power without an investment,” Singh said addressing at 20th Annual Day of PTC India here.

He further said, “Power has a cost and somebody has to pay for it. If you want to give free power then go ahead. But you (states) have to pay for it from your budget. That is what we are going to do.” Read More

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