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NIPEF opposes introduction of supply licencee in power distribution
Northern India Power Engineers Federation (NIPEF) has opposed the move to privatize the power distribution through the proposed amendment in Electricity Act 2003 to introduce supply licensees.

The federal council meeting of NIPEF was held on Saturday where power engineers from northern states participated and discussed the problems facing the power sector of country. Padamjit Singh, Chairman All India power Engineers Federation presided over the meeting.

Padamjit Singh said that the power engineers oppose the proposed amendment to Electricity Act 2003 by which supply licensees would sell power to high revenue identified consumers by which the finances of state Discoms would become worse.

The experiment to privatize power distribution through franchisee at Agra, Nagpur and other cities of country has failed to deliver the results while state Discoms had to suffer heavy financial losses. The franchisee are not giving back the dues of Discoms running in hundred of crore. The Discoms are arranging costly power from open market and giving them at pre determined lower rates.

Sanjeev Sood General Secretary PSEB Engineer's association made a presentation on low cost strategies to reduce technical and commercial losses departmentally. Punjab power had successfully reduced the AT&C losses successfully at Patiala.

In Patiala city AT&C losses has been reduced from 22.31% to below 10% in last four years. NIPEF has proposed that the presentations would be made before authorities of power utilities of northern India.

Satya Pal President Delhi Power Engineers association said that in Delhi the privatization of distribution companies has failed completely whereby even after increasing tariffs by 200% in past few years as the private Discoms were claiming further increase on the plea of running at losses, wherein Private Discoms make the power tariff even more unaffordable.

NIPEF adopted a resolution for ensuring the top management of power sector utilities is entrusted to power engineers. The manpower & training functions are being neglected in power utilities which were making the work load unmanageable and affecting consumer services. There is a need to streamline the same.

NIPEF noted with concern that while states prefer power from private sector generating stations at the cost of state run thermal plants. The state runs thermal are being forced to back down to get power from private sector units. The example of closing down of thermal units of Haryana and Punjab are a pointer in this direction.

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