BENGALURU: The 2 ballot guarantees Congress has made thus far — to offer free electrical energy as much as 200 models to each family and Rs 2,000 month-to-month money help for homemakers — is anticipated to price the state exchequer Rs 40,000 to 42,000 crore yearly. That is in fact contingent on the social gathering implementing the guarantees if it varieties the federal government.
The burden on the exchequer will go up additional if the social gathering doles out extra sops, particularly to farmers and children. Whereas Congress estimates its month-to-month money help of Rs 2,000 will profit round 1.5 crore ladies, it interprets to a burden of about Rs 36,000 crore per yr.
Power division officers say the facility sop invoice might quantity to Rs 7,000 to 7,500 crore yearly. They are saying there are almost 1.8 crore home connections within the state, of which round 65% devour lower than 200 models per thirty days. Whereas power sector specialists discover no fault with the promise of free energy — they see it as a political determination and consider such issues can’t be averted in a democracy — their large concern is the federal government delay in funds to power producing and supplying corporations.
In addition they say the federal government should guarantee effectivity within the energy sector by lowering transmission and distribution losses and energy theft. “For a state authorities with a finances outlay of over Rs 2.5 lakh crore, spending Rs 7,000 crore on free energy just isn’t an enormous deal,” mentioned a former chairman of Karnataka Electrical energy Regulatory Authority.
“However what actually must be regarded into is whether or not the federal government will guarantee well timed funds to energy producing and provide corporations. If not, all the sector might be in jeopardy.” The BJP authorities already supplies 38% of energy consumption free to farmers and one other 10-15% to the economically weaker sections below the Bhagya Jyothi and Kuteer Jyothi schemes.
However the authorities has been irregular in making funds to Escoms, pushing them right into a monetary disaster of types. Power minister V Sunil Kumar, who known as Congress’ promise impractical, mentioned the federal government owes Rs 33,000 crore to 5 Escoms, and offering free energy will solely enhance dues.
He mentioned the federal government must spend an extra Rs 9,000 crore yearly to fulfil the promise. KPCC spokesperson VS Ugrappa mentioned the social gathering made the promise after computing the monetary implications. Furthermore, he mentioned, the state has been producing surplus energy, and the social gathering needs to cross on the advantages to the folks.
“We all know learn how to mobilise sources and learn how to implement such schemes. The Siddaramaiah authorities carried out 161 guarantees, together with Anna Bhagya, which required enormous sources. Nonetheless, we efficiently carried out them,” he mentioned.
However Ok Jairaj, former principal secretary of the power division, mentioned it might be higher if the federal government put cash in financial institution accounts of beneficiaries as a substitute of giving free energy.
“I say this as a result of the federal government has been offering free electrical energy to IP units. Since these IP units will not be metered, no one is aware of how a lot energy is being consumed. So, it supplies scope for irregularities. This may be averted by giving money,” he mentioned.
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