Need to bring losses below 15% for 24X7 power: Minister

Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister RK Singh urged his states’ counterparts to bring electricity distribution losses below 15 per cent to ensure 24X7 power for all by 2019.

Singh also asked them to roll out the Saubhagya scheme in their states to provide power connections to 4 crore families by December, 2018.

“We have reduced the distribution (aggregate technical and commercial) losses. It is necessary to achieve 24X7 power for all by 2019,” Singh said.

He further said: “We are going to add 4 crore more subscribers under the ‘Saubhagya’ scheme. Thus, with increase in supplies, leakages would further increase. We cannot continue to set off these losses using taxpayers’ money.”

The minister said there are 16 to 17 states, which are incurring distribution losses more than 15 per cent.

On the ‘Saubhagya’ scheme, he said: “We are going to do it by December 2018. We have to do it. We have provided over Rs 90,000 crore from 9th Five Year Plan onwards to strengthen the system in states. We are providing funds under various schemes.”

(Agencies)

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