New Delhi: The possibilities of implementation of the recommendations of Shunglu Committee on power distribution by the Centre are minimal as five states including Uttar Pradesh and Punjab are all set to witness assembly polls in 2012.

No political party is willing to be on the receiving end of the farmers and the BPL category members either for the revenue realization or an increase in the power tariff as suggested by the committee.

The committee recommended levying on minimum power tariff of 50 paisa per unit from the farmers along with installing electric meters in the rural areas including BPL households.

Power Ministry officials accepted that government is not in a position to implement the recommendations in the poll bound states. It seems the Shunglu Committee reports may gather dust in line with those recommended by other committees.

Former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) VK Shunglu led-Committee on Sunday submitted its report to the Planning Commission. The Centre, state governments and power companies were eagerly waiting for the reports. Officials said both the Centre and states are in fix whether to implement the committee recommendations or not.

Providing electricity to the farmers in poll bound states is a political issue. Report says that loss of power transmission and distribution companies’ has reached to Rs 1 lakh crore. Committee in its report recommended increasing of power tariff to deal with the battered financial condition of these firms.

The Committee has also recommended for massive overhaul in the existing norms for providing electricity in the irrigation sector.  As per the recommendations, the Committee has requested the government to levy cess and installing separate electric meter system.

The Committee has urged the Centre and state governments to provide better equipments for irrigating fields to the farmers. The power consumption can be lessened by 35-65 percent through modernizing the obsolete farming techniques. Both the Centre as well as the state governments is required to give massive subsidy to this sector.

JPN/Bureau