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
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.