PM to discuss power sector reforms with CMs
Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that the conference on power sector reforms is expected to be held in the first week of June.india Updated: Mar 29, 2006 16:20 IST
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has planned to convene a meeting of chief ministers for evolving a political consensus on reforms in the power sector.
"I know that we need to do a lot in the power sector to provide electricity to all at affordable rates. I am convening a conference of all state chief ministers to form a political consensus," he said, launching work on the Rs 3,780 crore Barh Transmission System to be developed by Powergrid Corporation Limited (PGCIL).
Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said the conference of chief ministers was expected to be held after the Assembly elections in various states. This could be possible only in the first week of June, he said.
Work on Barh Transmission System was launched in the presence of former Prime Minister Chandra Sekhar, who represents Ballia Lok Sabha constituency, and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
The system has been planned to transfer power from Barh generation project of NTPC to the beneficiaries in Eastern, Northern and Western regions.
Addressing the gathering, Sonia Gandhi expressed concern over the lack of economic development in eastern Uttar Pradesh and other smaller towns and exuded confidence that such projects would bridge the gap.