District Level Committees: The Ministry of Power has recently issued an order for the setting up of District Level Committees (DECs) to improve the quality of electricity supply in the country.
- This comes in the backdrop of the government’s efforts to ensure 24X7 power that is reliable, affordable and sustainable.
Key Points about the District Level Committees:
- All states/UTs, requests them to notify and ensure establishment of these district electricity committees, under intimation to the Ministry of Power.
- The Committees shall exercise oversight over all power related schemes of Government of India (GoI) and also its impact on the provision of services to the people.
- The committee would comprise the following:
- Most Senior MP in the district: Chairperson
- Other MPs in the district: Co-chairpersons
- District Collector: Member Secretary
- Chairperson/President of the District Panchayat: Member
- MLAs of the district: Members
- Most senior representatives of CPSUs of Ministry Members of Power and NRE located in the concerned district, or their nominated officials for the district.
- Chief Engineer/Superintending Engineer of the Convenor DISCOM/ Power Department concerned.
- The Committee of a district will meet at District Headquarters at least once in three months to review and coordinate overall development of power supply infrastructure in the district in accordance with the schemes of the Government.
Note: In the past five years, almost two lakh crore rupees were provided under Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY), Integrated Power Development Scheme (lPDS), Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (SAUBHAGYA), etc., to ensure universal access by electrifying every village, every hamlet and every household.
About Power Sector in India:
- India is the world’s third largest producer and third largest consumer of electricity.
- It is one of the most diversified sectors in the world.
- The sources of power generation range from conventional sources such as coal, natural gas, lignite, oil, hydro and nuclear power to viable non-conventional sources such as solar, wind, and agricultural and domestic waste.
About the Ministry of Power:
- The Ministry of Power is an Indian government ministry.
- It was founded on 2 July 1992.
- The ministry is charged with overseeing electricity production and infrastructure development, including generation, transmission, and delivery, as well as maintenance projects.
- It is primarily responsible for the development of electrical energy in the country.
- It administers the Electricity Act, 2003 and the Energy Conservation Act, 2001.
Note: Electricity is a concurrent subject at Entry 38 in List III of the seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India.