CUTS-FES Project

Project Duration:

The project duration was initially slated for a period of 3 years and then further extended for another 3 years on the basis of the response received and the success of the project.

Project Objectives
Short term objectives:

  • Consumers, especially the rural consumers are sufficiently educated about their rights
  • There is a greater involvement of consumers – who would be more vocal and participatory in their approach
  • Consumers have a greater awareness of the positives and benefits of reforms and their role to make the reforms achieve what it is meant to do.
  • Greater degree of sensitivity vis-à-vis the consumers from the eyes of the utility providers, regulators and other stake holders
  • Increased awareness of alternate energy source
  • Understanding by the utility providers, regulators and others that reforms does not mean unbundling & privatisation, but it means improvement in quality of service – quantity and quality. Unbundling and privatisation are only means to the end.
  • To sensitise government machinery at the state, district and block levels, resulting in greater involvement of public in the governance process.
  • Greater involvement of political leaders at all levels in the reform process – some degree of unanimity that reforms does not just mean unbundling and privatisation but improvement in quality of services, and they all work in unison to achieve this.
Long term objectives:

  • Improvement in power supplies and services in qualitative as well as quantitative terms.
  • Increased use of alternate energy source such as renewable energy etc.
    Community involvement and participation in power distribution, collection of dues etc.
    Drastic reduction in theft
  • Greater level of electrification, especially rural electrification, either through grid or through alternate energy source
  • Involvement of people in the reform process gets reflected in their involvement in the governance process also, leading to greater transparency and improvement in the functioning of government machinery
  • Overall improvement in the power scenario gets reflected with improvements being initiated in the other infrastructure and utility services too.