Oppn-ruled states oppose Electricity Bill changes, fear increase in rates

Oppn-ruled states oppose Electricity Bill changes, fear increase in rates

Several states, mostly non-BJP ruled ones, clamoured against the new proposed

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Several states, mostly non-BJP ruled ones, clamoured against the new proposed amendments to the Electricity Act, 2003, during the State Power Ministers’ Conference on Friday.


The meet, held via video conference between power ministers/departments of states and the Union ministry of power, saw Bihar, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Odisha and Kerala protesting against the amendments, said sources.



The Centre, in April, unveiled draft amendments to the Electricity Bill, 2003 and asked the states to submit their comments. Major amendments include an end to subsidised power, replacing it with ‘direct benefit transfer’ of subsidy, reduction of cross-subsidy burden on industrial consumers, new contract enforcement authority and new selection process for existing state electricity regulatory commissions (SERCs).


West Bengal, in its representation, said the new amendments to the Act are an “infringement of sovereignty of the state.” The state government opposed almost all the new provisions proposed in the…



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