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The government makes broke power discoms accountable. It’s now time for tariff reforms.

In order to reform the ailing power sector in India, the government has directed embattled distribution companies to maintain letters of credit to ensure timely payment to generation utilities. But it could mean a spike in debt and losses for discoms, disrupting power supplies. The time has come for a long-overdue tariff correction.
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In the absence of support from states, discoms may be forced to go for a tariff hike or resort to load-shedding. Shutterstock.com
In the absence of support from states, discoms may be forced to go for a tariff hike or resort to load-shedding.
Surging losses and rising debt have dogged Indian power-distribution companies (discoms) over the past few years, impeding universal electrification. And the problems of the discoms may only worsen with the latest salvo from the Union power ministry. In an effort to shore up the financials of power-generation companies (gencos), the government has directed all discoms to open and maintain
fiscal 2018 following the implementation of UDAY. Almost all discoms are lagging in terms of installation of smart meters targeted under UDAY to stop pilferage/theft and improve billing and collection efficiency. The government concerns to resolve the sector’s challenges may have the right intentions but a lasting solution doesn’t appear in sight. ( Graphics by Mohammad Arshad)
Surging losses and rising debt have dogged Indian power-distribution companies (discoms) over the past few years, impeding universal electrification. And the problems of the discoms may only worsen with the latest salvo from the Union power ministry. In an effort to shore up the financials of power-generation companies (gencos), the government has directed all discoms to open and maintain fiscal 2018 following the implementation of UDAY. Almost all discoms are lagging in terms of installation of smart meters targeted under UDAY to stop pilferage/theft and improve billing and collection efficiency. The government concerns to resolve the sector’s challenges may have the right intentions but a lasting solution doesn’t appear in sight. ( Graphics by Mohammad Arshad)

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