The centre releases a smart prepaid metering app with integrated DISCOM ratings.

The central government unveiled a smart prepaid metering mobile App and the Consumer Services Index of DISCOMs (power distribution companies) The Center also launched the 10th Integrated Rating of DISCOMs . The app would leverage the data of the smart meters to provide consumers with essential information about their use and the amount of electricity remaining .

New Delhi, India, August 6: The central government unveiled a smart prepaid metering mobile App and the Consumer Services Index of DISCOMs (power distribution companies) on Friday.The Center also launched the 10th Integrated Rating of DISCOMs.RK Singh, the Union Minister of Power and New and Renewable Energy, chaired the State and State Power Utilities' Review Planning and Monitoring (RPM) meeting on Friday.The meeting was attended by Minister of State for Power and Heavy Industries Krishan Pal Gurjar and top officials from the Union Power Ministry and state power departments.

These included the liquidation of government department power dues and subsidy dues; progress on prepaid Smart metering in government departments; proper management of energy and subsidy accounting; timely and advance payments thereof; accurate utility accounts; progress on the revised Distribution Sector Scheme (RDSS); and compliance with the Electricity (Late Payment Surcharge and Related Matters) Regulations, 2022.This web application would leverage the data of the smart meters to provide consumers with essential information about their use and the amount of electricity remaining, both in terms of units and dollar amounts.Consumers will be able to see real-time data regarding their electricity usage and be notified via the App.The App further provides numerous payment and payment methods, such as UPI, net banking, credit and debit cards, and other services for payment and recharge through mobile devices.

It would allow them to control their electricity consumption in real-time, as well as improving their electricity consumption as per their requirements, altering consumption patterns to increase energy efficiency, as well as lowering their costs.Although the app is open to top-level customization based on specific industry requirements, the DISCOMs' operations and maintenance for ten years would also be free.Since 2012, the mobile app is being tested on a variety of parameters, including financial stability, performance excellence, and the external environment, and their ability to sustain improvements year after year, according to the ministry.In the new rating exercise, which is the 10th in the series, the scoring process has been thoroughly revised and updated.

The rating will now be dynamic in nature, based on DISCOM financial results.For a comprehensive sectoral coverage, private DISCOMs and state power departments have also been included, according to the Ministry.Singh also introduced the first-ever Consumer Service Rating of DISCOMs (CSRD) for the FY 2020-21, taking forward the multiple reform steps centered around ensuring that electricity customers in the region have the best-in-class solutions.The report, according to the Ministry, captures the current state of consumer services across various DISCOMs.

On a seven-point scale, the DISCOMs have been rated on a seven-point scale.The aim is to foster the exchange of best practices among top-performing DISCOMs, as well as supporting other DISCOMs in identifying the most critical areas for enhancing performance.According to the Union Power Ministry, these initiatives will pave the way toward a more efficient and sustainable power distribution system.