The day is not far when prepaid meters will be installed in central government offices.
If this happens, then the amount of money in the meter, you will be able to burn the same amount of electricity. Meaning prepaid smart meters will be installed in these offices. This scheme is of the Union Power Ministry. This is so that a positive message is sent across the country. After this, prepaid smart meters will be installed in all the electricity consumers of the country. However, this will not include those taking electricity connection for agricultural work.Also Read:Kangana Ranaut showed off her boldest look ever, shared a bold photo in a transparent bralette
The Ministry of Power of the Central Government has issued an advisory in this regard to all the Central Ministries and Departments. The Ministry of Power has said, “Advisory has been issued to all the Ministries of the Central Government to direct the organizations under their administrative control to install prepaid smart meters on a priority basis.” Under this, the Ministries have been given all necessary orders in this regard. also asked to issue.
No insistence on bank guarantee
According to the statement of the Union Power Ministry, the Finance Ministry has issued a clarification asking all central ministries and central departments to make advance payment for pre-paid electricity meters without insisting on bank guarantee. Along with this, everyone has also been asked to ensure proper accounting system. According to the Ministry of Power, prepaid smart meters in all government departments will prove to be important in ensuring the commitment of the government to not only put the distribution companies (discoms) on the path of financial stability and promote energy efficiency, but also the states. Will serve as a model for preparing the system. This will help in clearing the outstanding electricity bills by their respective departments.Also Read:Delhi Metro: Metro parking will remain closed on August 15 in view of security, advisory issued regarding traffic
Discom weak link
Distribution companies are considered to be the most important in the power sector, but at the same time they are also the weakest link in this sector. This is because of the poor financial health of the distribution sector, which ultimately affects the manufacturing sector. Apart from operational inefficiency, huge amount of electricity bill arrears on Central and State Government departments along with delays and inadequate payment are also the reasons for the plight of the distribution companies. According to the estimates received from the states, their government departments had a total power dues of Rs 48,664 crore at the end of 2020-21.Also Read:ELSS vs PPF: Which Tax Saving Option is Right for You? know everything here
Everyone will have prepaid smart meter
The Central Government has approved the Revised Distribution Area Scheme… Reform Based and Outcome Linked Scheme to improve the operational efficiency and financial position of the distribution sector. The scheme lays emphasis on making the existing DISCOMs operationally efficient and financially sound. An important program under this scheme is to install prepaid smart meters for all electricity consumers except agriculture consumers in a phased manner. For this, a commitment of half of the total outlay of the scheme has been kept. Preference has been given to installation of prepaid smart meters in all departments of the Central and State Governments including urban and rural local bodies and government boards and corporations. Its purpose is to ensure that government departments keep a proper budget for this and pay for electricity services whenever they are used.