Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020: Inviting a Bigger Crisis

Publication Type:

Journal Articles

Source:

Economic and Political Weekly, Volume 55, Issue 41, p.40-45 (2020)

Keywords:

Electricity (Amendment) Bill, India, Power Sector

Abstract:

The proposed Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020 aims to reduce subsidies and push for privatisation, especially in the distribution segment of the power sector. Undertaking structural changes in a core sector at a time of crisis from the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic effects defies logic. The proposed amendments are not only anti-people, but they also fail to address the long-term crises in the sector and will only accelerate its deterioration. The central government must hold off on passing any hasty legislation on the subject and adopt a more scientific and less ideological approach to deal with the travails of the power sector.