Empowering consumers in power sector

Remember the 2018 Shahid Kapoor starrer Batti Gul Meter Chalu (Lights off, Meter on), which received mixed reviews from critics. It is a story which all can connect to — inflated electricity bills and the common man’s fight against the system.

The story goes on, even though successive power ministers have spoken about “level playing field” and “consumer redressal”, which have remained just kind words. So, when in October 2019, during a chat with the media RK Singh, Minister of State of Power and New and Renewable Energy, said that the Electricity Act must be a legislation which provides for the rights of all stakeholders and that his team is working on a new Act, our reaction was “not again.”

“Discoms cannot pass on their inefficiencies to consumers by levying higher tariffs. The cross subsidy needs to come down,” the minister stressed.

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