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Govt considering amendments to electricity tariff policy

According to reports, government is considering “suitable amendments” to the electricity tariff policy which would benefit various categories of consumers, the Power Ministry said on Thursday.

The draft amendments in the Tariff Policy were put out for public comments last September. Power Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia informed the Lok Sabha that suitable amendments are under finalisation with regard to tariff policy.

“The proposed amendment in Tariff Policy would benefit the various categories of consumers, including below poverty line consumers. Besides these amendments would reduce the carbon footprint and lead to sustainable growth,” he said in a written reply.

Besides, amendments to the Electricity Act are under consideration. Scindia said the proposed Electricity Act amends would “promote competition, efficiency in operations and improvement in quality of supply of electricity in the country resulting in capacity addition and ultimate benefit to the consumers”.

In a separate written reply, the Minister said that a proposal for separation of power supply and distribution network business by amending the Electricity Act is also under consideration.

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