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Not a single MW or unit of electricity is generated by Bihar government owned power plants: Piyush Goyal

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Patna: Piyush Goyal, the Union Power Minister stated that the electricity generated in Bihar power plants was zero. The statement came after the Nitish Kumar’s state government published a full-page advertisement in newspapers that claimed that Bihar has improved its power scenario.

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The Economic Times report quotes Goyal as saying: “Not a single MW or unit of electricity is generated by Bihar government owned power plants. The entire power supply to Bihar is being met by the Centre.

The Minister added that the Center is providing 2800 MW of power to Bihar on a daily basis, out of which around 484 MW of power is beyond the allocated share of the state.

Goyal said: “The ground reality belies all those claims being made by the Nitish Kumar government about improvement in power situation in Bihar.” And asked the state government about when it is going to start power production, as per the ET report.

Goyal also hit back at the Bihar government regarding transmission infrastructure and transmission losses. He said that at least 46% of the power gets lost during transmission which is “unacceptably high”. Pointing towards the poor quality of transmission infrastructure, Goyal said that during last five years, around 46000 transformers had been changed due to their poor quality. He added that with the current transmission infrastructure consisting of 628 power stations and 98 grid sub-stations, it is not possible to provide electricity to all villages.

The per capita power consumption in Bihar is just 200 units, as against 1000 units at the national level.

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the government would start a three-digit consumer helpline number

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Seeking consumers’ participation in curbing tax evasion, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on the eve of completion of one year of GST rollout on Saturday appealed to them to insist on bill for every purchase saying it would help the government check evasion and reduce tax rate on each item by as much as 4-5 per cent. He further said the government would start a three-digit consumer helpline number to enable them to lodge complaint against erring traders or any other kind of tax evasion.

Touted as the biggest indirect tax reform since Independence, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was rolled out last year on July 1. “I want to appeal to the people that they should demand a bill whenever they go to purchase any goods. If you start asking for a bill…if there’s awareness about this, then we can reduce rates by 4-5 per cent for every item (under GST),” Goyal told reporters here.

He said if any shop says that they will sell at a lower price if the consumer does not demand a bill, then the consumer should immediately file a complaint, he said. “We will soon provide a three-digit simple number which will work as a call centre where customers can complain. We will ensure full confidentiality of the complainant,” Goyal said. The endeavour will be to start the helpline number within 15-20 days, he said. A nationwide campaign too could be launched for creating consumer awareness about demanding bills for purchases made. “If everyone starts giving bill then competition will be on quality and customer service and not on ability to cheat the system,” Goyal said. He further said the government wants to reduce the burden of taxation on consumers but revenue needs to increase and support of states is also needed to cut rates where it is essential.

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With formalisation of economy, the government will have more elbow room to reduce rates, he said.

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Goyal also assured small businesses if they face any trouble, then they can write to him and it would be resolved. He said amendments would be introduced to the GST law in monsoon session to increase composition scheme threshold from the current Rs 1 crore. The GST Council had last year decided to increase the threshold to Rs 1.5 crore and also decided to amend the law to increase the statutory threshold to Rs 2 crore. (IANS)