New Delhi: Slamming the Centre for the state of power generation in the country, the Prime Minister Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC) has warned the Central government to fix the power sector at the earliest or else be ready to witness a further decline in the growth rate.

The top advisory body, which submitted its report on the power sector on Monday, targeted the Centre for its failure to ensure supply of coal to the power projects and for not being able to push for clearance of the proposed power projects from the Environment Ministry.

The report indicts the policy of the Central government for the unwarranted state of the sector. The laxity on part of the Centre, as per the report, can be gauged from the fact that the crucial meeting called by the Prime Minister to decide on the crucial aspects of the sector is being delayed for the last three months.

Important decisions like access for power projects to coal linkages and clearance from the Environment Ministry to several proposed power projects have to be taken in the meeting.

The report has clearly earmarked ‘supply of coal’ as the biggest bottleneck in the sector and has advised the Central government to fix the problem at the earliest.

Discussing about the role of the state governments, the PMEAC report opines that the states would have to contribute in increasing the rate of power generation and merely improving power transmission and distribution would not suffice the need.

The report suggests that the government should form an empowered committee constituting officers or ministries and the committee should be given a mandate of addressing the contentious issues in a time bound manner.

JPN/Bureau