power sector reforms

Finance Ministry Permits AP to Borrow Additional Rs 1515 Cr for Power Sector Reforms

The Finance Ministry has allowed Andhra Pradesh to borrow an additional Rs 1515 crore for undertaking power sector reforms. The Finance Ministry has allowed Andhra Pradesh to borrow an additional Rs 1515 crore for undertaking power sector reforms. As part of the reforms, the state has started the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme of electricity subsidy to farmers with effect from September 2020. Thus, it […]

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Budget 2021. Why 24X7 Power For All, Tackling Discom Losses Is key

Hopes are once again high that the government will take a broom to clean up discom losses in some way, one of the most intractable issues for the power sector for decades now. As always, the present time remains the best time to do something about it. On January 29 morning, power minister R.K. Singh […]

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With Phased Duties on Solar Imports, Government Hopes for Orderly Transition

At his press conference today, Power Minister R.K. Singh confirmed that duties, possibly starting at 25 percent, will be imposed on module imports from August 1. He wasn’t absolutely certain on duties for cell imports, but indicated they would be treated at a lower rate, possibly 15 percent. It is also not clear if customs […]

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For India’s Power Sector, A Simple Test To Evaluate The $266 billion Stimulus

Yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered yet another surprise, this time pleasant, in his 8 p.m address to the nation. The workaholic PM, whose evening addresses to the nation have achieved somewhat of a legendary status ever since the first big one delivered demonetisation in 2016, delivered one of his most enigmatic speeches, staying away […]

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