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The Draft Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Amendment Rules, 2021

  • IASbaba
  • October 6, 2021
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The Draft Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Amendment Rules, 2021

Part of: Prelims and GS III – Infrastructure 

Context The Draft Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Amendment Rules, 2021 were recently published.

Overview of the new rules

  • Distribution licensees should ensure 24×7 uninterrupted power supply to all consumers so that there is no requirement of running Diesel Generating (DG) sets.
  • The electricity regulatory commission could consider a separate reliability charge for the distribution company, if it required funds for investment in infrastructure.
  • The state electricity regulatory commission should also make a provision of penalty in case the standards laid down are not met by the distribution company.

Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules, 2020

  • These rules serve to “empower” consumers with rights that would allow them to access continuous supply of quality, reliable electricity.
  • The areas covered under the rules include metering arrangement; billing and payment; reliability of supply, etc.

Key Provisions

  • States will have to implement these rules and discoms will be held more accountable for issues like delays in providing and renewing connections of electricity.
  • They are also obligated to provide round-the-clock electricity to consumers, as per the Ministry of Power.
  • To ensure compliance, the government will apply penalties that will be credited to the consumer’s account.
  • There are certain exceptions to these rules, especially where use for agricultural purposes is concerned.

Do you know?

  • Electricity is a Concurrent List (Seventh Schedule) subject and the central government has the authority and the power to make laws on it.

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