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Telangana CM writes to PM Modi expressing concern over draft Electricity Act

V Rishi Kumar Hyderabad | Updated on June 02, 2020 Published on June 02, 2020

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao   -  Mohammed_Yousuf The Hindu

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing the State’s apprehensions over the Draft Electricity Bill.

The State Chief Minister, who has been expressing concern about the bill, opined that the proposal of the Centre to bring in Amendments to the Electricity Act (Draft Electricity Bill Amendment Act 2020) would have an adverse impact on the management of the State Electricity utilities.

He demanded that the Centre should withdraw this proposed Bill.

In the backdrop of the Centre asking the States to express their opinion on the proposed Draft Electricity Bill Amendment Act 2020, the Chief Minister wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing the State’s apprehensions over the Bill.

While opposing the Bill, the Chief Minister joins several other States who are opposed to the Bill particularly when it comes to extending subsidies to the agriculture sector.

Earlier, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister was among those who wrote to the Prime Minister expressing State's views on its reservations and concerns with regard to the proposed amendments.

Telangana has concerns over how the subsidies are handed. The provision for Direct Benefit Transfer, removing the power to appoint commissioners etc are all seen as curtailment of the power of the States to decide.

Since the Centre has sought the views of the State, Telangana is expressing it's concerns and wants the Centre to withdraw the bill.

Published on June 02, 2020
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