KSEB will not be privatised: Aryadan
By Express News Service - KOLLAM
26th January 2013 10:30 AM
Clearing the air on the alleged bid for privatisation of the KSEB, Electricity Minister Aryadan Mohammed said that the electricity sector in the state will not be privatised during the present government’s term.
“The UDF Government had not discussed about privatisation. Nor we had plans to privatise electricity sector during this government’s tenure,” Aryadan said, while inaugurating a seminar on ‘Electricity Sector in Kerala: Possibilities of Non Conventional Electricity Generation’ organised as part of the state conference of the Kerala Electricity Workers Federation at the Town Hall here on Friday.
Aryadan turned the tables on the previous government on the corporatisation move and said that foundations for corporatisation of KSEB were laid by the LDF Government. He said that the KSEB ceased to exist and the new company took form in 2008 itself.
However, he said that the LDF Government could not be blamed as they had no other option but to go for corporatisation. Now, there is other alternative before the present government either.
The Minister said that the declaration of the KSEB as a company was deferred following uncertainties over pension fund.
He said that the government would take necessary steps to protect the pension of the KSEB employees, after corporatisation.
“The previous government had made a pension fund proposal of Rs 2,500 crore before the Cabinet. Their tenure came to an end before taking a decision on the matter. But that amount too is not adequate for constituting a pension fund,” he said, adding that the government was considering increasing the amount.
He said that another round of discussion would be held with the employee unions of the KSEB before declaring it as a company. Solar Power Units in Schools and Hospitals The Minister said that the Central Government had agreed to provide subsidy for grid-connected solar power projects.
The government plans to set up solar power generation units in schools, government offices and hospitals and connect these to the grid.
Aryadan said that as part of a pilot project of setting up 10,000 rooftop solar power units across the state, Anert had shortlisted competent agencies to set up the solar power units. Selected households can purchase the units, which cost Rs 1.75 lakh and above, from any of these agencies.
The Central Government would allow a subsidy of 30 per cent on the base price of Rs 1.57 lakh and the State Government would allot an additional subsidy of Rs 34,000 per unit.
Highlighting the need for energy conservation, he said that the government would introduce LED street lights through all major local bodies in the state.
C Divarakaran MLA was the moderator of the seminar. Director General of Ingcore V K Damodaran, P K Gurudasan MLA, former Ministers Benoy Viswom, N K Premachandran and Kerala Electricity Workers Federation former president K Bhaskaran spoke.
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