Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday claimed the Centre’s Electricity (Amendment) Bill was not within the curiosity of the nation, and states weren’t consulted on its provisions. The Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2021 seeks to allow energy shoppers to select from a number of service suppliers as within the case with telecom companies. According to the Lok Sabha bulletin issued on July 12, 2021, the federal government has listed it as one of many 17 new payments it plans to introduce within the ongoing Parliament session.
Talking to reporters right here, Raut claimed that state electrical energy firms will likely be adversely impacted if the invoice is handed. The Rajya Sabha member criticised the Centre for not discussing its provisions with stakeholders, together with states.
“The provisions ring a danger bell for state electricity companies. Our party is holding consultations in this regard,” he mentioned. The proposed amendments additionally embody de-licensing of the ability distribution enterprise.
Notably, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday shot off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to chorus from “initiating” the laws. She requested the PM “to ensure that a broad-based and transparent dialogue on the subject is opened up at the earliest”.
Banerjee underscored that the invoice would scale back the function of the state public utility our bodies and foster crony capitalism.
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