The Congressional Government’s “White Paper” has put in place power purchase agreements, a simple eye drops: Aman Arora
CHANDIGARH: The top leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of Punjab and MP Aman Arora, while strongly attacking the Congressional government over power deals, raised many crucial questions which neither the previous government answered Captain, nor the current Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi.
He said the state government headed by Charanjit Singh Channi was also trying to mislead the people of Punjab. Speaking to a press conference at party headquarters on Tuesday, MP Aman Arora said the Congressional government is also cheating the Punjab on the power purchase agreements, as has the Akali-BJP government.
He said that on the basis of power purchase agreements, the ‘White Collar Mafia’ has remained unchanged for five and a half years and continuously works freely under the nose of Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi. Although this issue was raised by the AAP in the Punjabi Assembly, the congressional government shied away from it and chose to remain silent. Aman Arora said the three private thermal power plants swindle the Punjab by thousands of crore rupees every year. Captain Amarinder Singh had also brought white paper, but then swept it under the carpet. The Akali-BJP and the Congress are birds of the same feather and the “White Mafia” runs fearlessly in the Punjab.
Aman Arora, while taking stock of the last ten years of Akali-BJP and the current Congressional government through the White Paper, said that the government of Punjab is only trying to throw dust in the eyes of the people for the elections. He said Manpreet Singh Badal brought a white paper to the Channi government regarding power purchase agreements, but this white paper is nothing more than a bunch of lies. The original white paper is 17 pages long, but apart from describing what happened under the Akali government, the misdeeds of those five and a half years under the Congressional government in 2006 and beyond are still hidden. For this reason, the number of these white papers was reduced to only nine and Manpreet Singh Badal brought them.
Manpreet Singh Badal began talks from 2007, but these power purchase agreements were approved on March 24, 2006, under the mandate of the government of Captain Amarinder Singh. Approval was received from Banawali and Rajpura units to create one thousand units each, for a total of 2000 units. But about 14 days before the election, PSPCL’s 2,000 MW unit was increased to 2,400 MW on January 20, 2017, under the government of Captain Amarinder Singh. The Akali-BJP government changed the Home Operate and Transfer (BOOT) Bill to BOO. Because according to BOOT the unit was to be from Punjab after 25 years. But the government changed it to Build on Operate (BOO) on January 20, 2007. The Congressional government is as much a partner in the destruction of Punjab as the Akali-BJP government.
On October 10, 2007, Manpreet Badal was finance minister in the Akali-BJP government cabinet and Parkash Singh Badal was the chief minister. At the time, the government argued that BOO was wrongly marked instead of BOOT. First in the government of Captain Amarinder, then Prakash Badal Manpreet Singh Badal was the common bond between them and who is now also Minister of the Channi government. About 2,200 acres of land were also purchased and donated by the government of the Punjab. Manpreet Badal and the government of Punjab agreed that the central sector received Rs. 1,482 crore from the government and the NPAs to the three private thermal power plants are Rs GBK. 3620 crore in just four years is more than Rs. 5000 crore has been allocated to these thermal power plants as fixed charges.
The government of Punjab did not keep any guarantees when signing the electricity deal. If the rice is to be sown in summer, then 14,000 MW are needed and in winter 6000 MW then 3000 MW are needed. But ignoring this, power purchase agreements were signed. While sections 9 and 11 have not been taken care of like Gujarat thermal power station. Under section 9, the state government should indicate that during which months electricity is not needed, then the thermal power plant can sell electricity anywhere outside and the government can avoid fixed charges. The Punjab only needs 14,000 MW of power for 4 to 5 months. If it had been given in writing on time, it could have been avoided, but the Congressional government did no such thing. According to article 11, 20% of electricity on the total cost of production could have benefited from it, but no discussions took place with private thermal power plants.
Manpreet Badal did not recover even one rupee over Rs. 1000 crore from Talwandi and Rajpura due to liquidated damage charges ie delay in project implementation. The Punjab will have to pay over Rs 7600 crore due to a bad power purchase contract. Apart from that, PSPCL had to pay Rs 3,400 crore as the cost of transporting the coal. But the petition for review has not been filed in any court for the past three and a half years. Instead of starting up the Pachwara coal reserves, the Punjab government buys low-quality coal from private coal reserves at high prices. Because of this, an additional burden of seven hundred crore rupees falls on the heads of the people of Punjab. But not even a letter has been written in five and a half years to start up Pachwara’s coal reserves. The same Apta company has filed a recovery case of Rs 1652 crore on the government of Punjab, but the congressional government is also sitting silently on this matter.
The Congressional government had claimed to keep the Bathinda thermal power plant running, but two Ropar units, including the thermal power plant built at a cost of Rs 737 crore, were also closed, while it could operate until 2030-31 . Five thermal power plant electricity purchase contracts were signed in three years with Mundra (Tata) on April 22, 2007, ie 90 paise per tranche; then on August 7, 2008, from Reliance 17 paise per unit and again in 2008-9 and 2010 with TSPL, GBL, NPL contracts ranging from 1.38 paise to 2.20 paise. The root of Punjab’s problems has been the Akali-BJP and the Congressional government and now the Congressional government is engaged in rhetoric just for the sake of winning the election.
Aman Arora said when rates are to be set only by the PSRC, what will the Congressional government do by passing a law. He added that the government of Punjab has sent termination notices to four projects in the Damodar Valley, but the highest electricity regulator APTA has asked the government of Punjab who they are to order the termination. of the project ? He said the basis for canceling the deal cannot be based on high electricity tariffs. The government of Punjab has made electricity cheaper by three rupees in the past, but has not been told where and how they will save money. There was a 20,000 crore debt to the government in 2010-11, now the 36 crore debt has been incurred. Like PSPCL, the Punjab government is trying to bankrupt the Punjab.