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Activities in the Power Ministry: An update

The Power Secretary recently held a meeting to review the status of priority action points for the first week of December, 2014. The following observations were made: 

  1. 24x7 Power Supply: MoP to interact regularly with States to facilitate implementation. Implementation has started in Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan. Monthly meetings with Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan have commenced. Systematic review mechanism is being developed with Action Points and timelines. Consultations were held with other States to develop their plans. Consultants to be in place by December, 2014 and States to be allotted to them. Tender was being published on 10.12.2014 - 21 days given to apply.

  2. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana and Integrated Power Development Scheme: Approved by CCEA on 20.11.2014. Draft guidelines were shared with States in the Workshop held on 4.12.14. Monitoring Committee meeting to be scheduled early.

  3. Twenty Year perspective plan: Plan up to the year 2035 was prepared. Generation projects identified for 13th Plan. Officers from Powergrid deputed to CEA to assist in this work. All information has been received from States. Study being done by CEA. Detailed report is likely to be ready by end of December.

  4. Trajectory for AT&C loss reduction: State-wise and Discom-wise AT&C loss trajectory prepared with quarterly MIS. Tight monitoring mechanism to be set up. Pattern of AT&C losses - whether reduction has taken place - to be analyzed and submitted on file. The ministry has written to States. 27 Discoms have reported so far, more reports likely to be received.

  5. Enhanced power supply to rural areas: Cabinet Note to be finalized on receipt of comments. Comments received from PMO. To be followed up with reminder to others.

  6. Govt, approval for making POSOCO an independent Govt company: Cabinet Note has been sent to Cabinet Secretariat for obtaining approval of CCEA.

  7. Amendments to Electricity Act and Tariff Policy: Presentation was made to the Advisory Group on 6.11.14 and 12.11.14, on the proposed amendments to the Electricity Act and Tariff Policy, including tariff pass through. Cabinet Note & Tariff Policy were being finalized. Tariff Policy to be made consistent with changes in Electricity Act. To be taken up immediately.

  8. To propose panels for Independent Directors for vacancies arising up to March 2015, the expanded data base was prepared and shortlist has been submitted MoSP.

  9. Important Court cases to be monitored:

    1. Judgement of Supreme Court in Tamil Nadu Civil Appeal No.4126 of 2013: Copy of review petition filed by TN Govt, has been obtained. MoP to be impleaded as party. Case not listed yet. Reply from CERC was awaited. To be followed up.

    2. Adani - Tata Power case in APTEL Appeal filed in Supreme Court by Adani. APTEL order stayed. Hearing on 1.12.14 did not take place. Hearing on 9.12.2014 in Supreme Court, and on 16.1.15 in APTEL.

    3. WP No.6819/2014 by J K Sharma, Director (Projects), NHPC - Counter Affidavit filed on 17.11.2014. Next date of hearing on 23.1.2015.

    4. NFU case of D. V. Rangareddy, ex Dy. Secretary, CEA - DPC held on 13.11.2014. Next date in the case is on 14.12.2014. Reply filed by MoP.

    5. Pay scale case of NHPC - 4 weeks time given to file Counter Affidavit. Para-wise comments on lines approved for NEEPCO case were prepared. Government's reply/Counter Affidavit to be prepared in consultation with Government Counsel.

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