Now, pre-paid meters mandatory for new connections

Determined to bail out discoms, the Centre has decided to move to pre-paid meters system for all electricity connections. The Centre has noted that making pre-paid meters mandatory for all new connections will help consumers and discoms.

The Centre, through a communication, has asked state governments to give their suggestions regarding the issue of bringing consumer-friendly reforms to existing laws before November 30. The state government has also decided to fix meters to agriculture pumpsets which had been enjoying free power following instructions of the Centre.

The Centre has directed that no power connection should be granted without meter irrespective of the subsidies offered by state governments.

The Centre is speeding up the process of bringing in more reforms in the electricity sector by allowing some private players in supply. The Union power ministry has readied the draft Electricity Rules (Rights of Consumers), 2020 and communicated it to states.

The rules will be incorporated in the Electricity Act, 2020 after getting feedback from states.

Times of India
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