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

Thiruvananthapuram: The Comptroller and Auditor General’s report criticized the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) for the delay in installing smart meters in the state. A report tabled in the Kerala Assembly on Tuesday stated that the state government is yet to clarify its stance on implementing the project.

The report also mentions the need to reduce spending on employees. It also recommends reducing the cost of buying electricity from outside.

The union government has approved the Rs 8,000 crore project to install smart meters for all consumers. However, KSEB is facing stiff resistance from employee organizations to the board hiring private contractors to install the meters.

The audit found that the state government had signed an agreement with the union government in 2017 and prepared a detailed action plan. However, he says the state government did not meet the targets.

The plan was to install by December 31, 2017 for consumers with a monthly electricity consumption of more than 500 units and for consumers with a consumption between 200 and 500 units by December 31, 2019.

KSEB selected KPMG as the project management agency.

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