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State ministers meet to discuss power for all

(01 May 2017)

 24X7 power for all, action plan for 100 per cent household electrification, smart metering, and simplification of tariff, among others, will be thrashed out at the two-day conference of power ministers of states and Union territories here on May 3-4.

The meeting will also discuss IT enablement in distribution and online feeder monitoring simplification of tariff categories of consumers.

Among other issues, cash management system, sensitising states to use treated sewage water in thermal power plant, energy conservation, and energy-efficient agriculture pumps will be discussed. At the end of deliberations, a road map will be drawn up.

Taking forward the digital push by the government and also cyber security, the conference will debate on cyber security and promotion of digital payments through cards and digital means at all the steps – from sourcing of raw material to collecting payment from end consumers.

Piyush Goyal, Union minister of state for power, coal, new & renewable energy and mines, is expected to launch a mobile app to provide payment solutions and check power distribution. Further, the conference will discuss flexibility in utilisation of domestic coal for reducing the cost of power generation, and use of domestic coal instead of imported coal. The meet will also assess the auction preparedness of blocks for 2017-18 .

News Source : The Indian Express