AIPEF calls for the withdrawal of the Centre’s decision to “force” electricity companies to import coal

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: Questioning the Union government’s instructions to ‘force’ power generation companies to import 10% coal when there is no shortage in the country, the All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) requested the withdrawal of the decision and the reimbursement of the additional expenses incurred for the imported coal.

“Parliament was informed on Monday that there is no shortage of coal in the country, so why has the Ministry of Energy given instructions for the import of 10% coal to all production companies within a limited time,” said AIPEF, which wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking for the coal import instructions to be withdrawn.

AIPEF spokesman VK Gupta said on Wednesday that under the new clarification given by the Ministry of Coal and Mines, the additional cost of imported coal should be reimbursed by the Ministry of Energy.

It can be mentioned that under the “administrative coercion” of the Ministry of Energy, most of the state generation companies, thermal power plants, as well as central sector thermal power plants such as NTPC, were forced to give their consent importing coal, says Gupta.

The Ministry of Energy has written to all state generation companies that if blending with domestic coal is not started by June 5, the national allocation of affected failing thermal power plants will be further reduced by 5%, he said, adding that this was a clear threat to buying the imported coal.

In recent months, all states and even private generation companies have been asked to import 10% coal. Those who hesitated were threatened by the Coal India Supply Shutdown Centre, he said.

Gupta said that in this context now, the additional expenses incurred by the Thermal State and the State Gencos for the forced importation of coal should be reimbursed to the States which have been forced to import coal when there is no There was no shortage of coal in the country.

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