Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday pitched for ‘one nation, one rate’ policy in the power sector across the country.
Addressing the sixth governing council meeting of the NITI Aayog through videoconferencing, Nitish said, “The rate of electricity supplied from different power plants of the central government varies in different states. Bihar also gets electricity from the central government’s power plants at a higher rate compared to other states. There should be a policy of ‘one nation, one rate.”
“Bihar has to spend a huge amount as subsidy to electricity users. A uniform electricity rate across the country will be much better,” Nitish said at the meeting chaired by PM Narendra Modi and attended by the chief ministers of different states.
He said the state government spends more than Rs5,000 crore as subsidy to electricity users every year.
Nitish further said Bihar has achieved several milestones in the power sector. The state government provided electricity connection to each household across the state in October, 2018. “When we got an opportunity to serve the people of Bihar in 2005, the electricity consumption in the state was just 700MW. As per the figure of June 2020, the electricity consumption in the state has gone up to 5,932MW,” he said.
Backing the three farm laws against which thousands of farmers have been agitating on Delhi borders, Nitish said the laws were in the interest of farmers.