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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Govt, approval for making
POSOCO an independent Govt company: Cabinet Note has been sent to
Cabinet Secretariat for obtaining approval of CCEA.
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.
To propose panels
for Independent Directors for vacancies arising up to March
2015, the expanded data base was prepared and shortlist has been
Important Court cases to
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
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.
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.
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.
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.