Maharashtra Minister Opposes Electricity Amendment Bill At Power Meet

Mr Raut claimed the Union authorities was privatising PSUs through the lockdown. (File)

Mumbai:

Maharashtra Vitality Minister Nitin Raut on Friday demanded that the Centre take all states into confidence with regard to the proposed Electrical energy (Modification) Invoice 2020.

Talking at a video convention meet organised by the Union ministry of energy attended by chief ministers and vitality ministers, Mr Raut claimed the invoice was violative of the Constitutional mandate and undermined the federal construction.

Mr Raut claimed the Union authorities was privatising PSUs through the lockdown and was seeking to give “backdoor entry” to non-public entities into the ability sector by amending the Electrical energy Act.

Mr Raut stated Maharashtra State Electrical energy Distribution Firm Restricted (MSEDCL) had suffered losses because of the COVID-19 outbreak and requested the Centre for a Rs 10,000 crore grant.

He stated grants ought to be launched for the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan (PM-KUSUM) scheme beneath which the state authorities will present 1 lakh pumps per yr to farmers over the subsequent 5 years.

Through the convention, Union Energy Minister RK Singh appreciated Maharashtra for 100 % implementation of Kusum Yojana and requested different states to do the identical.

Mr Singh additionally stated energy gear manufactured by China and Pakistan could be banned and 25 per cent import responsibility could be imposed.

Mr Raut informed Mr Singh that Western Coalfields Restricted (WCL) was offering poor high quality coal which in flip was severely affecting energy technology.

Mr Raut stated Mahagenco had requested WCL to allot devoted coal mines however the latter was levying mine particular expenses which had elevated value of energy manufacturing.

Mr Singh promised to look into the matter and stated one other assembly could be held to debate waiver of mine particular expenses.

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