Proposed Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020 violates constitutional mandate and undermines the federal structure of electricity, said Maharashtra Energy Minister Nitin Raut on Wednesday.
“With proposed amendments, it is obvious that the Federal Structure of Electricity wherein the Centre and State Governments are responsible is being interfered. By centralizing the powers, the basic intent of the Constitution is being violated and centralization of power is not desired. The intent should be towards decentralization of power for transparency and efficiency,” Raut quoted as saying in an official statement.
“The Centre intends to override State Governments’ responsibility in the administration of power generation, transmission and distribution. The intent should be towards decentralization of power for transparency and efficiency,” he added.