The Central Government Will Implement New Electricity Laws Soon

The central government is going to make an important variation in the power sector. The draft of the new electricity bill has been finalised.
The Central Government Will Implement New Electricity Laws Soon
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The central government is going to make an important variation in the power sector. The draft of the new electricity bill has been finalised. It will be introduced in the Winter Session of Parliament starting November 29. This will directly affect crores of electricity customers of the country. The first major change is that the central government will no longer give subsidies to power companies. However, the government will directly transfer it to the accounts of the customers, as an LPG subsidy.

On the other hand, the power companies will charge the complete bill from the customers. This means that the customers will get the electricity at a higher price than they use to get before. Due to this, the government will not be able to provide free electricity. However, the days of free electricity will end soon.

It may also happen the Central government will continue to subsidize only the needy, like happening in the case of LPG. Whereas, at present, all electricity customers get the benefit of subsidy according to the law across the country.

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Electricity rates in Rajasthan

Rajasthan has one of the highest electricity rates in the country. It contributes nearly 80% to the total cost of supply of the Discoms. Rajasthan's power purchase cost is Rs 4.81 per kWh, which is about Rs 0.08 per kWh higher than the national average of Rs 4.73 per kWh. Whereas on the other hand for other states' excluding UP, it is half in comparison to Rajasthan.

Electricity will continue to be expensive

With the new law, electricity companies will be allowed to charge bills from consumers based on input cost. At present, the cost of power generation companies is Rs 0.47 per unit more than the bill charged from the customers. Therefore, Companies compensate for this through subsidies.
So far it is a system that the state governments give advance subsidies to the distributor power companies. Electricity rates are decided based on this subsidy.

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There are also some challenges in implementing the new law.

  • The connection is in the name of the landlord, land, shop owner. It is not clear who will get the subsidy in the case of the resident.
  • The subsidy will be fixed according to the consumption of electricity. Hence 100% metering is necessary. In many states, electricity is being provided without a meter. There are 15 lakh agricultural consumers in Maharashtra who are getting electricity without meters. These constitute 37% of the total agricultural consumers.
  • If there is a delay in subsidy transfer, the consumer will be upset. According to 'PRS Legislative Research, the average monthly bill of an agricultural consumer is Rs. 5 thousand. can be up to For those who are getting free electricity now, this amount will be very heavy.
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The government has to bring a new law because

  • The power distribution companies say that they are running in huge losses. His loss has crossed 50 thousand crore rupees.
  • Discoms owe 95 thousand crores to companies. There are delays in getting subsidies to Discoms, due to which distribution companies are in trouble.

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