ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Legal Framework for Power Sector Reform

Despite some omissions and loose ends, the Electricity Bill, 2000 is a vitally necessary measure to provide a comprehensive legal framework for sound and speedy reform of the power sector.

The Draft Electricity Bill, 2000 envisages a substantial push to the consensus on reforms arrived at the meetings of chief ministers and power ministers held on October 16 and December 3, 1996 and February 26, 2000. The consensus mainly relates to

(a) setting up of regulatory commissions;
(b) unbundling of state monopolies;
(c) encouragement of private sector participation;
(d) Time-bound programme for 100 per cent metering;
(e) eradication and final elimination of power theft; and
(f) strengthening/upgradation of sub-transmission and distribution system.

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