Government constitutes a high-level empowered committee to revive stressed thermal power plant

Union Government has constituted a High-Level Empowered Committee headed by Cabinet Secretary to address issues of Stressed Thermal Power Projects. The committee has representatives from Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Power, Ministry of Coal and lenders having major exposure to the power sector.

The Committee will look into various issues with the view to stressed assets or non-performing assets in thermal power and maximize the efficiency of investment including changes required to be made in fuel allocation policy, regulatory framework, mechanisms to facilitate the sale of power, ensure timely payments, payment security mechanism. It will also consider if changes are required in provisioning norms, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), asset restructuring company (ARC) regulations and any other measures proposed for the revival of stressed assets to avoid investments from turning bad.

Department of Financial Services under the Ministry of Finance in its report had suggested setting up the empowered panel, besides giving operating thermal power plants not facing insolvency action 6 months more months to resolve issues. The report came after Allahabad High Court in June 2018 had ordered that no action will be taken against power producers till they are heard.

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