CAG blasts KSEB over delay in shifting to smart metres, inability to reduce staff expenses

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Comptroller and Auditor General's report criticised Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) for the delay in installing smart metres in the state. A report submitted in the Kerala Assembly on Tuesday pointed out that the state government is yet to clarify their stand on implementing the project.

The report also mentions the need to cut expenses on employees. Further, it also recommends reducing the cost of purchasing electricity from outside.

The union government has approved an Rs 8,000 crore-worth project to install smart metres for all consumers. However, KSEB faces stiff resistance from employee organisations over the board's move to engage private contractors to install the metres.

The audit observed that the state government signed an agreement with the union government in 2017 and prepared a detailed action plan. However, it says that the state government failed to meet the targets.

The plan was to install the metres for consumers with monthly electricity consumption above 500 units by December 31, 2017, and consumers with usage between 200 and 500 units by December 31, 2019.

KSEB selected KPMG as the project management agency.

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