Attributed mainly to lack of revision in tariffs

Rajasthan Energy Minister Jitendra Singh on Monday said the public sector power distribution companies in the State were incurring heavy losses despite the increase in power production and number of connections mainly due to lack of revision in power tariff. The State has set the target for enhancing power generation by 5,500 MW by this year-end.

Speaking during the Question Hour in the State Assembly, Mr. Singh said the Jaipur, Ajmer and Jodhpur discoms had incurred cumulative losses of Rs.36,060 crore in 2010-11, Rs.26,406 crore in 2009-10 and Rs.15,643 crore in 2008-09. Electricity connections across the State have increased from 55 lakh in 2000 to 99 lakh as of now, leading to higher power consumption.

Replying to questions, Mr. Singh said the power tariff had been revised only thrice in the State since 2001 and electricity was purchased from elsewhere on high prices during drought in 2009-10 to ensure uninterrupted supply to farmers. “During the corresponding period, power tariff was revised seven times in Madhya Pradesh,” he said while mentioning comparative figures.

The Minister pointed out that the three discoms had obtained loans from banks and financial institutions on the State Government's guarantee. As part of the drive for reducing financial losses, the State Government is promoting solar energy and has speeded up the feeder reform programme to trim down transmission and distribution losses, he said.


  • Jaipur, Ajmer and Jodhpur discoms incurred cumulative losses of Rs.36,060 crore in 2010-11

  • Electricity connections across the State have increased from 55 lakh in 2000 to 99 lakh now