POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENTS
Collapse of the Power Sector in Punjab: SAD (Taksali) demands commission of inquiry headed by a sitting High Court judge
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Collapse of the Power Sector in Punjab: SAD (Taksali) demands commission of inquiry headed by a sitting High Court judge



Punjab government should appoint a commission of inquiry headed by the sitting Judge of the high court or the retired Judge of the Supreme Court to probe all the murky deals of the Power Sector in Punjab since 1997, demanded Bir Devinder Singh, former Deputy Speaker, Punjab Vidhan Sabha and Senior Vice President, SAD (Taksali).  

In a statement issued today, he blamed that the insatiable, corrupt and incompetent tangle consisting of politicians, bureaucrats and top engineers of the Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd. (PSPCL) is responsible for the bankruptcy and collapse of the Power Sector in Punjab. The top bureaucratic hierarchy of both the governments led by Parkash Singh Badal and Capt. Amarinder Singh cannot escape their responsibility for the collapse of the power sector. 

He further stated that Sukhbir Singh Badal as Deputy Chief Minister was the main handler as agent provocateur and clandestinely negotiates to strike almost all the deals of the power sector to purchase thermal power from the private companies at highly exorbitant rates. The role of the members of the SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) should also be put under scanner to know if they have also compromised the interests of the state at any stage.

Why the PSPCL has lost the case in the Supreme Court while winning before all the appellate authorities prior to the appeal in apex court, asked Bir Devinder Singh.

Capt. Amarinder Singh has committed on record that he will table the White Paper in Punjab Legislative Assembly on the nitty-gritty of all the PPA (Power Purchase Agreements) signed by the PSPCL  after the approval of the State Government.

"I wonder, how Punjab Advocate General Atul Nanda could feigns ignorance and abdicate responsibility for the State, losing the legal battle in the case of coal washing charges in the Supreme Court and thus imposing the liability of Rs 2,800 Crore on the Cash-strapped power corporation? The judgment was passed by the Supreme Court bench of Justice Rohington Fali Nariman and Justice Syrya Kant on August 7, taking up a contempt petition filed by L&T (Larsen & Toubro) against the Punjab Government and PSPCL. Can the Punjab Advocate General Mr. Atul Nanda just explain to the millions of innocent consumers of Punjab, that if there is a contempt petition against the State in the apex court? What is the expected statutory role and obligation of the top heavy AG office in all probabilities? Then how could he escape responsibility for the collateral financial penalties to the State and its people as result of the colossal failure of the AG, for not arguing the case in the court of Law intelligently and efficiently?” said Bir Devinder Singh.

Unfortunately the decision of the Supreme Court will essentially lead to higher power generation cost that will resultantly cause an exorbitantly higher power tariff which will approximately amount to Rs. 2,800 Crore having cascading effect on the poor consumers of the State.

He further stated that it’s atrocious that the power consumers of Punjab are being made to pay the heavy price for the adulterated inefficiency and deliberate skullduggery of the IAS officers who failed to vet the PPA, properly with medical precision. Why did the Punjab bureaucrats and the then PSPCL management remained ostensibly silent on the pre-bid scrutiny of the PPA and why did they not thoroughly examined all the questions raised by the company with  correlation to its ultimate collateral impact on the consumers of Punjab for times to come? 

Bir Devinder Singh also solicited the support of all Punjab MLAs baring SAD led by Sukhbir Singh Badal  to press for the demand for the appointment of enquiry commission so that public may know how Sukhbir Singh Badal has bartered away the interests of Punjab in pursuance of his own vested business interests.

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