The Delhi Dialogue Commission’s (DDC) taskforce set up to review the power sector held its first meeting with Power minister Satyendra Jain on Monday.
Appointed three days ago, the four-member task force includes three energy experts and a former director of Transco. The meeting held at the Delhi Secretariat was also attended by heads of discoms, DDC sources said.
The task force includes energy experts K Ashok Rao, Padamjeet Singh and V K Gupta alongwith former Transco director Ashok K Kaul, a source in the DDC said.
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“Detailed discussions were held and the plans made by the power department officials were analysed by the experts. The DDC will outline short-term, medium and long-term plans for the government. In short-term plans, the task force has analysed the summer plan proposed by the BSES. The task force will work towards providing solutions to ensure there are no blackouts and that the demand and supply of power is balanced,” a source said.
The Cabinet had approved the setting up of the DDC on February 27.
According to sources, the commission will be dealing with issues of power, WiFi connectivity and women’s safety on a priority basis.
The task forces for the latter two will be appointed soon, sources said.
“The DDC will deal with issues like WiFi and women’s safety comprehensively. These issues are all related and will not be dealt with in a piecemeal manner. We will also include NGOs like Jagori, which have conducted saefty audits,” a source said.
Taking the AAP’s “new vision for governance” forward, the commission will pick experts on the 21 issues it had identified.
Sources said that people were also coming forward on their own to be a part of the commission.
Earlier this month, the DDC had announced that it will be setting up task-forces to work on 21 areas — women’s security, electricity, clean water, clean Yamuna, neat and clean Delhi, education, health, Delhi rural, trade, jobs and jobs security, pollution, transport, unauthorised colonies, jhuggi-jhopdi clusters, price-rise, traffic, speedy justice, mobile par sarkar (government on mobile), WiFi and CCTV measures, and tax reforms.
The commission is likely to float its website in about a fortnight, sources said.
Meanwhile, it has a link on the Delhi government’s website.