Centre’s proposed Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020 anti-poor, anti-farmer: Maharashtra Energy Minister Nitin Raut

Maharashtra Energy Minister Dr Nitin Raut on Friday termed the central government’s proposed Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020 anti-poor and anti-farmer.

In a letter to the Union Energy Minister, Raut said the proposed Bill entirely eliminates cross-subsidy, which was envisaged as a support for consumer categories with low paying capacity, such as BPL, low-end residential consumers and agricultural consumers. The withdrawal of subsidy will have an adverse impact, Raut said on Friday.

He said the State Electricity Regulatory Commission was setting tariffs so that cross-subsidy was reduced as much as possible without causing tariff shock to any consumer category as per provisions of law.

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