Power Ministry strengthens financial viability of power sector with LPS rules
New Delhi: One of the key indicators of financial distress of the DISCOMs is mounting power purchase dues towards the Generation Companies (GENCOs). With the implementation of the Electricity (LPS and Related Matters) Rules, in 2022, a remarkable improvement has been seen in the recovery of outstanding dues.
The total outstanding dues of the States which were at Rs.1,37,949 Cr., as on 03.06.2022, have been reduced by Rs.29,857 Cr. to Rs. 1,08,092 Cr., with the timely payment of just five (5) monthly instalments. Distribution companies are also paying their current dues in time to avoid regulations under the rule. Distribution companies have paid almost Rs.1,68,000 Cr. of current dues in the last 5 months.
Based on the results achieved so far, it is expected that strict implementation of the LPS Rules will bring back the financial viability of the power sector in the country and would attract investment to ensure reliable 24x7 electricity to the consumers.
This Rule has not only ensured that the outstanding dues are liquidated but has also ensured that the current dues are paid in time. It may be seen that the Rule has played a vital role towards ensuring financial discipline in Discoms.
The government of India have been implementing various performance linked and result-oriented schemes with the objective to have a financially secure, viable and sustainable power sector (distribution segment in particular).
Various initiatives undertaken by MoP include Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme (RDSS), Electricity (Late Payment Surcharge and Related Matters) Rules 2022, Additional Borrowing space of 0.5% of GSDP to the States linked to power sector reforms, Corporate Governance Guidelines, Additional Prudential Norms for lending by Power Finance Corporation (PFC) Limited and REC Limited, based on the performance of utilities, Liquidity Infusion Scheme (LIS) and PM KUSUM Scheme. These initiatives have been designed to tackle financial and operational issues to bring in desired financial discipline in Discoms and State Governments.