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Smart Meter Scheme; Minister should clarify

The KSEB Employees’ Affiliation (CITU) and Officers’ Affiliation have demanded clarification on the assertion of Energy Minister Ok Krishnakutty that the sensible meter venture might be carried out in two phases within the state. The central authorities strategy is to outsource KSEB’s income features and purpose at decentralization of the distribution sector. The sensible meter rollout is meant as a way of implementing the privatization strategy put ahead by the Electricity Modification Act. That is in opposition to the political stand of LDF.

The minister replied that the sensible meter might be carried out via the Rural Electrification Company. The Company doesn’t manufacture or set up sensible meters. It really works as an outsourcing company for personal firms like Tata Energy and Reliance Energy.

The scheme won’t be allowed to be carried out in Kerala within the kind instructed by the Centre. The ex-chairman determined to put in sensible meters based mostly on the central authorities’s coverage of putting in high-speed sensible meters to facilitate the operation of personal firms by amending the Electricity Act. Commerce unions and officers’ organizations have expressed concern over this. The minister mentioned {that a} dialogue could be held, however it has not occurred. Good meter needs to be immediately carried out by KSEB itself in public sector. A reform that would supply higher service to customers and advantages to the board could be welcome. It’ll oppose the implementation of the central authorities’s privatization scheme via the again door. The unions additionally demanded that the federal government ought to take a strict stand for KSEB to proceed as per the LDF coverage.

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