20 per cent Power theft, 25 per cent, technical losses:
According to the Union power ministry, only about 55 per cent of the power generated in the country is actually billed.
In a major reform measure, the Union power ministry has stated that state power distribution companies (
Union power minister R.K. Singh revealed this in an interview to a magazine. Mr Singh said, “Where you have a number of suppliers in the business of providing electricity to consumers, the consumer has a choice just as you have a choice with your mobile, If I don’t like Airtel, I will switch to Vodafone.” NITI Aayog has proposed the
According to the Union power ministry, only about 55 per cent of the power generated in the country is actually billed. Of the power that is generated but not billed, 20 per cent is attributed to Power theft and 25
The Centre gives funds through PFC and REC to discoms to install smart meters, aerial bunch cables, underground cabling and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems. Mr Singh said that in the future, discoms will get funds from the Centre, PFC or REC on achieving certain parameters and reforms after reaching the milestones.
The All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) has strongly opposed the arm-twisting tactics of the Union power ministry. AIPEF chairman Shailendra Dubey said that the power ministry has threatened