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Delayed Electricity Amendment Bill expected in monsoon session

After a prolonged delay, the power ministry now proposes to introduce the amendments to the Electricity Act

Electricity Amendment Bill

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  26 Jun 2020 5:08 PM GMT


New Delhi: After a prolonged delay, the power ministry now proposes to introduce the amendments to the Electricity Act 2003 in the coming session of Parliament.

Power and renewable energy minister R.K. Singh said that new draft of the Electricity (Amendment) Bill was ready as comments on draft have all come by June 15 and it would be introduced in coming session of Parliament once law ministry clears it.

"We will try our best to introduce the Bill in the current session of Parliament itself," Singh said during an online press conference.

He said that amendments were key to unleash next wave of reforms in the power sector that will support all segments of the industry to grow and prosper while allowing consumers to get assured supply of electricity at competitive price.

One of the proposals in the act is to initiate the exercise of direct benefi ttransfer (DBT) in the power sector. Singh allayed concerns that DBT would result in interruption in power supplies to the consumers if state did not release its share of subsidy. Power minister said that state would transfer subsidy into the power accounts maintained by customers with discoms and even if state failed to pay, consumers paying their bills will get uninterrupted electricity supply. (IANS)

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