Brakes on import of power equipment from China and Pakistan, Union Minister RK Singh announcedJuly 3, 2020
Power Minister RK Singh said on Friday that India will no longer import power equipment from countries like China. He also said that it is necessary to strengthen the distribution companies (discoms) economically as the sector will not be viable if it is not.
He said this while addressing the inaugural session of the Conference of Ministers of Power and New and Renewable Energy of States and Union Territories. Addressing the conference organized through video conferencing, he said, “Import of equipment from Prior Reference Country (formerly referenced countries) will not be allowed. Under this, we are preparing the list of countries but it mainly includes China and Pakistan.
‘They are placed in the category of Prior Reference Country which threatens or threatens India. It mainly consists of those countries which share borders with the Indian border. It mainly consists of Pakistan and China. He also asked the states to take steps in this direction.
Singh said this at a time when 20 Indian soldiers were martyred in a violent clash between the Indian and Chinese military in the border dispute in Ladakh. He said, “A lot is made in our country but despite that we are importing huge amount of power equipment. It will not work anymore. The import of power equipment Rs 71,000 crore in 2018-19 in the country in which China’s share is Rs 21,000 crore. ”
He also said, ” there will be equipment imported from other countries, his country would be thorough testing in laboratories So that it can be detected that ‘malware and’ Trojan horses have been used in it. After that its use will be allowed. ”
Malware is a software or program that can damage files or related devices. At the same time, Trojan horses are malware software which would look suitable but it can harm the computer or other software. Keeping in mind the reforms in the power sector, he said that unless the distribution companies are financially sound, this area is not practical. Will happen. He termed the misconceptions being spread by some sections about the Electricity Amendment Bill, 2020 from the states as baseless.
In some sections, it is being claimed that through this amended bill, the central government wants to take away the rights of the states. Singh made it clear that the Center has no such intention but the aim of the reforms is to make the region sustainable and consumer-centric. He said that in this new scheme, as much as the states would like, they would get money in the form of grants and loans, but they would have to make necessary reforms in the power sector to strengthen the position of distribution companies.