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Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme (RDSS)

Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme (RDSS):

RDSS is a reform-based and result-linked scheme to improve the financial sustainability and operational efficiencies of DISCOMs.

  • This is done by financial assistance for the modernization of distribution infrastructure e.g., Smart Prepaid Meters. This is aimed to:
  • Reduce AT&C loss by 12-15%
  • Reduce financial deficit (average cost of supply-average revenue realised) of DISCOMs to Zero.
  • Compulsory installation of smart meters (target of installing 250 million smart meters by 2025)
  • Time: 2021-22 to 2025-26
  • Nodal Agency: Under Ministry of Power (Rural electrification cooperation and Power finance corporation)
  • Eligibility: All state-owned DISCOMs
  • Other programs to be taken under it are: Part A (Prepaid Smart Meter, solarization of agriculture feeders, segregation of feeders, use of AI etc.) and Part B (Training and Capacity Building)
  • Umbrella programme: It merges other existing power sector reforms schemes – Integrated Power Development Scheme, DDU Gram Jyoti Yojana, and Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (SAUBHAGYA)