Uttar Pradesh signs “Power for All” agreement with Union government

With an aim to meet the power crisis, the state government will sign a `Power for All’ agreement with the Union government on Friday to ensure that Uttar Pradesh got 24-hour electricity supply by 2019.Power minister Shrikant Sharma said that the agreement would take the state to a new level. “This agreement will ensure that consumers got quality power at cheaper rate. There will be less line loss and efforts would also be made to increase power generation,” he said.“The previous government had not signed this agreement for reasons best known to them. All other states barring UP, is on the same page and when UP signs this agreement on Friday it will be a new beginning,” he said.Even All India Power Engineers’ Federation has hailed the UP government for its decision to ink the agreement. “When we met the Power minister some days back, we gave suggestions as how the state could become self-reliant in power. Some clauses in the proposed agreement match our suggestions,” convener of the Federation Shailendra Dubey said in a statement issued in Lucknow on.Dubey e said that the agreement with private players be reviewed and the government should take affective steps to check transmission loss and power theft.The agreement would be signed between UP Power minster Shrikant Sharma, Union Power minister Piyush Goyal in presence of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The same day the state government will launch ‘Ujwala Scheme’ under which consumers will get CFL bulbs, fans and tube lights at cheaper rates.

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