Govt: All electric meters to be smart prepaid in 3 years

Prime News, Nation, (New Delhi), December 25:-The Ministry of Power on Monday stated that it will make all meters smart prepaid in three years from April 1.

The move toward smart meters is a pro-poor step as consumers will not need to pay the whole month’s bill in one go, instead, they can pay as per their requirements. Manufacturing of smart prepaid meters will also generate skilled employment for the youth.

This step is likely to bring a revolution in the power sector by way of reduction in AT&C losses, better health of Discoms, incentivisation of energy conservation, ease of bill payments and doing away with the paper bills.”

The announcement is in continuation of a meeting with meter manufacturers and Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, RK Singh.

During the June 2018 meeting, Singh had advised officials of the Ministry to consider making smart prepaid meters mandatory after a particular date, according to an official statement.

The State Governments had earlier signed the Power for All document and had agreed to supply 24*7 power supply to their consumers. Thus, the distribution licensee shall provide 24*7 power to their consumers by April 1, 2019 or earlier. However, the appropriate Commission may grant extension in this time period under exceptional circumstances.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)\

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