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PM calls for state-specific solutions to address financial stress on discoms

PM Narendra Modi has called for state-specific solutions which would incentivise each state to improve the performance of its discoms

PM Narendra Modi has called for state-specific solutions which would incentivise each state to improve the performance of its discoms.
PM Narendra Modi has called for state-specific solutions which would incentivise each state to improve the performance of its discoms.
  • Instead of looking for a one-size-fits-all solution, the Ministry should put in place state-specific solutions to incentivize each state to improve its performance, said the PM

  • The PM also advised the Ministry of Power to ensure that DISCOMs publish their performance parameters periodically

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for state-specific solutions which would incentivise each state to improve the performance of its discoms. “He pointed out that the problems in the power sector, especially of the electricity distribution segment, vary across regions and states. Instead of looking for a one-size-fits-all solution, the Ministry should put in place state-specific solutions to incentivize each state to improve its performance,” an official statement said.

Modi reviewed the work of the Ministry of Power and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy on May 27. Policy initiatives, including revised Tariff Policy and the Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020, aimed at addressing the problems afflicting the power sector were discussed.

Discoms should publish their performance parameters periodically: PM

The PM advised the Ministry of Power to ensure that DISCOMs publish their performance parameters periodically so that the people know how their DISCOMs fare in comparison to their peers. He also said that equipment used in the power sector should be made in India. Modi also emphasised on the need to enhance consumer satisfaction, while increasing operational efficiency, and improving the financial sustainability of the power sector.

‘Develop ecosystem for manufacturing solar power equipment in India’

Regarding New and Renewable Energy, the PM stressed on the need for holistic approach for the entire supply chain of the Agriculture Sector, ranging from solar water pumps to decentralised solar cold storages. While calling for an innovative model for rooftop solar, the PM said that each state should have at least one city (either a capital city or any renowned tourist destination) which is fully powered by rooftop solar power. He also stressed on ecosystem development for manufacturing of ingots, wafers, cells and modules in India, which would also help generate employment, in addition to providing various other advantages.

The Prime Minister also asked to expedite the plan for carbon-neutral Ladakh and called for drinking water supply in coastal areas through solar and wind energy.