Raipur. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has described the Electricity Amendment Bill 2020 proposed by the Central Government as harmful for the poor sections of the society and farmers. In this regard, Union Minister of State for Power (Independent Charge) R.K. Bhupesh has written a letter to Singh, requesting that the amendment bill be put on hold at present, in view of the current situation in the country.
Before implementing the amendment bill prepared by the Union Ministry of Power, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has asked all state governments to consult it, take care of the interests of the poor sections of the society and the common people.
The letter said that in this amendment bill, provision of cross subsidy is not in the interest of farmers and poor. The present provision of giving electricity subsidy to the people and farmers of the poorer section of the society is tested and according to the need of the hour. If the subsidy given to farmers on electricity is not continued, then farmers will face a crisis regarding irrigation of crops. This will affect the production of food grains and the country will face a crisis.
The Chief Minister has said that the hard work of farmers and laborers should be respected. Who has made the country self-reliant in the matter of food with their hard work. He has said that it is necessary to give concession to the poor people and farmers of the society to make them self-sufficient and competent. He has termed the provision of committing cross subsidy in the revised bill as impractical.
The Direct Benefit Transfer System currently in force is correct. By changing this, people from the poorer sections of the society and small and marginal farmers will be deprived of benefits. The Chief Minister has said that if a farmer consumes one thousand units of electricity for irrigation of crops every month during the farming season, then he will have to pay a bill of seven to eight thousand rupees, which is extremely annoying and impossible for him. Will happen.
This amendment bill may suit the upper class people and consultants who sit in air-conditioned rooms, but this ground is far from the truth. Implementation of this amendment bill will cause many problems before the country. This will harm the poor, farmers and power companies and common people. Crop irrigation will be affected due to lack of electricity to farmers at a discounted rate. Foodgrains productivity will decrease due to which the food crisis will arise in front of the country.
The Chief Minister said that through this amendment bill, the deduction of the rights of the State Governments and the appointment of the State Electricity Regulatory Commission under the Central Government is contrary to the system of federal structure. This bill provides only advice to states regarding the formation of the State Electricity Regulatory Commission. State consent is not necessary in relation to appointment. This provision is a clear violation of the powers of the state government.
In the Electricity Amendment Bill 2020, a provision has been made to encourage privatization in the field of electricity. Under this, there is also a provision for the appointment of sub licensees and franchisees. This provision is against the policy of checks and balances, as all licensees and franchisees are not obliged to take licenses from the regulatory commission. It is clear from this that it is also contrary to the principle of rights and duties.
Describing the power distribution system as the lifeline of the general public, it has been said that entrusting it to private companies will not be appropriate in any case. This amendment bill will promote capitalism and allow private companies to take possession of the Electricity Board. This amendment bill proposes the formation of a Centralized Electrical Contract Enforcement Authority (ECEA). He has also mentioned in detail the decision given in connection with the appeal filed in the Supreme Court in this regard. He has said that the instructions of the Supreme Court have been followed in the whole country. He has said that the creation of Centralized Electricity Contract Enforcement Authority (ECEA) in view of the Supreme Court’s decision is justified. If this is done then the State Electricity Regulatory Commission will become devoid of authority.
This amendment proposes the formation of a Centralized Electrical Contract Enforcement Authority (ECEA). Electricity regulators are fully capable of approving contracts to buy electricity and resolving disputes that occur. It is to be noted that the Hon’ble Supreme Court has decided on 12 April 2018 in Civil Appeal Number 14697 of 2015 that ERCS has taken cognizance of the roles and subsidiary responsibilities and directed for the appointment of a legal member in all the Electricity Regulatory Commissions. The Supreme Court directive has already been followed all over India. When the Supreme Court of India has already looked into the issue and settled it, there is no justification for the formation of a new body. The proposal related to the tariff policy is in fact making the State Electricity Regulatory Commission toothless, as well as this federal structure, which respects the demographic and economic diversity of the states.
The proposed amendment also empowers the central government to preserve renewable and hydroelectric procurement obligations. Different states of the country have different resources. Chief Minister Baghel has said that it would not be appropriate to implement it for the entire country.