Government is planning to fine electricity distributors from April 2019
According to reports, the government is planning to fine electricity distributors from April 2019 for power cuts and the government is also planning to make installation of smart or prepaid meters to curb electricity theft.
The move comes as a part of the government’s Rs 16,000 crore Saubhagya scheme , which was launched in September to provide uninterrupted electricity for all by the end of 2018.
Power Minister RK Singh said, “Our vision is that we want 24×7 power for all by March 2019. Now it will be a legal obligation. After March 2019, if there is any load shedding without any reason, there will be penalties except in case of technical issues or act of God.”
Notably, The fines would be imposed in the financial year starting from April 1, 2019, he further added.
As per reports, he also informed that most of the states have agreed on 24×7 power for all, 90 percent pre -paid meters and direct transfer of subisdies for electricity consumers all across the country.
“We are doing away with the human interface totally in metering, billing and collection. The payment for electricity consumption will be through mobile phone. All states have agreed on this,” he said.
Asked about the deadline for achieving the goal of 90 per cent pre-paid meters in the country, the minister said there is no deadline.
The government is also planning to distribute solar panles with battery packs to the households which are remote for transmission lines in order to expand electricity supply in the country.
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