MoP advises central government offices to switch over to prepaid smart meters on priority

The MoP has issued an advisory to all central ministries and departments to switch to prepaid smart electricity meters on priority. This comes after the Ministry of Finance (MoF) issued a clarification enabling all central ministries and central departments to make advance payments for pre-paid metered electricity without insisting on any bank guarantees, as long as adequate accounting systems are in place. The move will not only demonstrate the government’s commitment to getting discoms back on track of financial sustainability and energy efficiency, but would also serve as a model for states to follow similar mechanisms that support prepayment of electricity dues by their own departments.