Didi opposing power bill to aid pvt firm: Mantri | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Power minister R K Singh on Monday questioned Mamata Banerjee’s motives for opposing delicensing of government discoms proposed in the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2021 with the aim of ushering in competition and giving consumer choice of service providers like in mobile telephony.
“Why does she want to protect monopoly in the power distribution sector, especially when Kolkata has one of the highest tariff in the country,” Singh said.
Though Singh did not name any discom, he was clearly referring to the Sanjeev Goenka group company CESC that has a monopoly on distribution in Kolkata.
“Licence Raj has to go (in distribution) so that investors can come in. If no investment comes then we will be left in darkness. Why should consumers be denied the benefit of competition,” the minister said but emphasised that he was “aware” of the letter but had not seen it since it was addressed to the PM.

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