Modi govt: Load-shedding will be a crime, discoms can't bill you for losses from 2019 - The Economic Times
In a bid to end the bane of power outages even at a time of surplus production, the government will bring in a law to penalise distribution companies in the event of their indulging in "gratuitous load-shedding", Power Minister R.K. Singh said on Thursday.
Briefing reporters during a break in the meeting with state Power Ministers here, Singh said such penalties are part of a road map being prepared by the government to fulfil its vision of providing uninterrupted electricity for all.
"In line with the government's vision of providing 24X7 power for all by March 2019, a road map has been laid out.
"We will make it a legal obligation that if after 2019 there is any gratutious load shedding, that is not caused by acts of god or technical issues, the discom will be penalised," he said.
The Union Minister said that the ethical obligation of the discom as the sole license holder to provide uninterrupted power would now be made into an enforceable service obligation by introducing in the Electricity Act, 2003, such a penalty for outages without good reason.