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Home News Power Sector News Y S Ratra,PSEB Chairman favours unbundling of Punjab State Electricity Board

Y S Ratra,PSEB Chairman favours unbundling of Punjab State Electricity Board

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YS Ratra, PSEB ChairmanStating that unbundling of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) would encourage competition among the various departments of the Board, Mr Y S Ratra, Chairman of the PSEB called for implementing the recommendations of the Electricity Act 2003. “Although, it is up to the state government to decide on the issue of unbundling of the board, but I personally feel that such a move will definitely improve the functioning of the electricity department”, Mr Ratra, who was inaugurating an electronic billing machine, said.

Asked, about the status of request submitted by the state government to the Centre to seek another extension after November 2008 for unbundling of the board, Ratra said that it was a matter between the state government and Centre.“Till now the Centre has not replied to the request for extension by the state government and deadline expired on November 30”, Mr Ratra said.
Pointing out that the fall out of the unbundling in Delhi and Orissa, Mr Ratra said, “States, in which move of unbundling was done half-heartedly, the experiment has failed but in some states such as Gujarat, Karnataka and Rajasthan, the move was very fruitful as it drastically improved the functioning of the board”.

Under Electricity Act 2003, all state electricity boards will be cease to exist and several states have unbundled their SEBs into Generation, Transmission, Trading and Distribution companies. Kerala had decided not to unbundle the Board into different companies, but to keep it as a single public sector company. The Punjab government has already attained extension eight times, on one pretext or another as trade unions were opposing the move. Trade unions are not against any reforms. Employees including PSEB Engineers Association had already demanded Kerala model reforms in the state.

Source - Hindu Businessline

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