Discom losses down by ₹14,000 crore in 4 years: Minister

The power distribution companies have reduced losses from Rs15,645 crore in 2013-14 to Rs1,981 crore in 2016-17 owing to improvements in operational efficiencies, power minister Pushpendra Singh Ranawat said on Tuesday.

“We hope that by March 2019 we will be able to bring the losses down to zero,” Ranawat said, addressing a press conference in Jaipur on the completion of four years of the BJP government.

Till September 30, 2015, cumulative losses of the three discoms stood at Rs80,530 crore. Of this under the UDAY scheme, the state government took over Rs62,422 crore, which led to a decrease of Rs5,300 crore in interest payments, he said. As a result, the discoms have reduced losses from Rs15,645 crore to Rs1,981 crore in 2016-17.

While the discoms are in losses, the power generation company has posted a profit of Rs378 crore in the first six months of 2017-18, said Ranawat. In 2016-17, it had a profit of Rs284 crore.

The total power generation in the state stands at 6561 MW as compared to 6200 MW generated in five years of the Congress government, said Ranawat.

He said in the last four years, the total power generation has risen from 12820 MW to 19381 MW. Two units of the super cirtical Tapia project of 660 MW each at Chhabra and two units at Suratgarh are under construction.

The transmission and distribution losses have been reduced from 4.18% in 2013-14 to 3.35% in 2016-17. “We had to bring down the TD losses to 3.5% under the UDAY scheme, but we have reduced them to 3.35%,” he said.

He said under the Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification scheme, 8.4 lakh domestic connections have been given in 27 districts under various schemes of Rs1,453 crore. The remaining 4.95 lakh domestic connections will be given by March 2018.

Under the Deendayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Scheme, the government has a target of providing domestic power connections to 7.60 lakh families including 2.25 lakh BPL families, who will get connections free of cost. Ranawat said work has begun and should be completed by September 2018. The remaining 8.6 lakh domestic units not covered under the Deendayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Scheme, will be given connections under the Saubhagya Scheme, he added.

A survey is on for these households under the scheme, families in the Socio-Economic Caste Census 2011 will be given free connections, while others will be given connections at Rs500 in 10 instalments. The far-flung areas will be given solar energy connections.

He said the government has taken several steps for the benefit of farmers in the last four years such as providing 1.60 lakh power connections. “The previous Congress government gave subsidy of Rs8,320 crore to farmers in five years, while the BJP government in four years has given subsidy of Rs24,593 crore.”

Moreover, the government has introduced an amnesty scheme for power theft and reduced the fine from Rs2,000 per horse power to Rs1,000 per horse power.

The department is carrying out a special drive till December 2017 to settle power cases prior to June 2016. Under the campaign, there is one time settlement. For cases up to Rs5,000, 50% rebate will be given and for cases over Rs50,000, 90% rebate will be given.

Earlier, families of martyrs had to wait for 12 years to get an agriculture connection and two years to get ownership right of agriculture field, but the government has ended the wait and families of martyrs can apply immediately for agriculture connections, he said.

Article source: http://www.hindustantimes.com/jaipur/discom-losses-down-by-14-000-crore-in-4-years-minister/story-pP0o7od8CX0rPCD5FpwlSO.html


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