Centre urges states to promote Aadhaar linked accounts for payments of power bills


The Centre has urged states to ensure digital payment of electricity bills through Aadhaar-linked bank accounts.

“It is not mandatory, but it is of interest for all of you. Because if you pay bill digitally through it, then it would be properly logged in that you paid the bill… This initiative is being aimed at helping the public. The efforts are being made (in this regard),” said Piyush Goyal, minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines in Government of India.

The minister further spoke this during the two-day conference of power, new and renewable energy and mines ministers of states and Union Territories (UTs) in New Delhi, reported The Hindu.

The minister further said maximum power will be given to those states that would encourage setting up of nuclear plants.

“We are working out the formula. We are relooking at how we can make it (power allocation policy) more robust,” the minister said.

During the meet Goyal also clarified that if any state which does not allow nuclear plant to come up within the state but wants to enjoy the fruit of one at some neighbouring location that should not be allowed. “That is what we are planning to bring it in the policy,” he added.

This will be a “significant step” for the UDAY scheme aimed at revival of debt-laden discoms.

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