Five more states undertake partial power sector reforms
Reform linked additional borrowing permissions are stimulating reforms in the power sector across the states.
New Delhi: Reform linked additional borrowing permissions are stimulating reforms in the power sector across the states.
As a part of the reform process, five more states - Bihar, Goa, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand have successfully met the target set by the Power ministry for reduction in Aggregate Technical & Commercial (AT&C) losses or achieved the targeted reduction gap in Average Cost of Supply and Average Revenue Realisation (ACS-ARR). Reduction in AT&C losses and ACS-ARR gap are two of the three reforms in Power Sector stipulated by the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance. A part of additional borrowing ceiling to the states is linked to undertaking reforms in the power sector.
States get permission to borrow and amount equivalent of 0.05 per cent of the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) for meeting the target set for the state for reduction in AT&C losses and additional 0.05 per cent of GSDP for crossing the ACS-ARR gap target.
Uttarakhand has achieved the targets for reduction in both AT&C losses and ACS-ARR gap. AT&C losses in the state have reduced to 19.01 per cent against the target of 19.35 per cent. ACS-ARR Gap in the state has been reduced to Rs 0.36 per unit against the target of Rs 0.40 per unit.