|A State Government Corporation
under the nomenclature "West Bengal Rural Energy Development Corporation
Limited" has been set up for the exclusive works of rural electrification in the
State in terms of announcement by the Finance Minister in his Budget Speech.
authorised share capital is Rupees Fifty crores only divided into five lakh equity shares
of Rs. 1,000/- (Rupees One thousand) each.
Sujan Chakraborty, MLA is the present chairman.
To undertake, carry out, promote and sponsor Rural Energy
Development, including any
programme for promoting rural electrification and to incur any expenditure on any
programme on rural electrification and to assist execution and promotion there of either
directly or through an independent agency or in any other manner. "Rural
Electrification" includes any programme for promoting electricity supply and
distribution in rural areas and the words "Rural Area" includes such areas as
may be regarded as rural areas under section 35CC of the income Tax Act. 1961 or any of
the law relating rural electrification for the time being in force or as may be regarded
by the Board of Directors as "Rural Area". The company may, at the boards
discretion, in order to implement any of the above mentioned objects or purposes transfer
and divest the ownership of its property in favour of any public or local body or
authority or Central or State Govt. or any public institution or trust or any body or
organisation recognised under any law for the time being in force as the Board of
Directors may decide with the approval of the State Government.
To promote social and rural development by
providing energy electricity through conventional and non-conventional sources of energy
as an input for productive uses in Agriculture, Industries and also to improve quality of
life of the rural people by supplying energy to rural houses and huts, shops, community
centre, public places in villages of the State of West Bengal.
- To promote, own acquire, erect, construct,
establish, maintain improve, manage, alter, carryon, control, take on hire/lease Power
Plants, Co-Generation Power Plants, Energy Conservation Projects, Power Houses,
Sub-Transmission and distribution system for generation, distribution, and supply of
electrical energy and buy, sell supply, exchange, market, function as a licensee and deal in electrical power
energy with the State Electricity Board, State Government, Appropriate Authorities
licensees, Electricity/Energy Cooperative specific industrial units and other consumers
for industrial, commercial, agricultural household and any other purpose in West Bengal
and elsewhere and in any area to be specified by the State Government, Central Government,
Local Authority, State Electricity Boards and any other component authority in accordance
with the provision of Indian Electricity Act, 1910 and/or Electricity (Supply) Act, 1948
or any statutory modifications or re-enactment thereof and rules made thereunder.
To construct, lay down establish, fix and carry out all necessary
power sub stations, cables, wires, lines accumulators, lamps works and to generate,
import, export, buy indent sell and deal in electricity, wires, lines, cables, AAC/ACSR
and all other types of conductors covered, insulated or bare etc.
To acquire and take over from WBSEB, DPL and other agencies and
cooperatives the transmission and distribution system in rural areas of West Bengal.
- To create Subsidiary Companies at District or Sub-districts
level for the programme of Rural Energy Development. To organise formation of Rural
Energy Development Cooperatives at Districts/ Subdistricts level with object of Rural
Recently, the Government has taken a major step forward in taking
the planning and execution of electricity to the district and sub-district levels.
Translating its resolve of decentralisation of development schemes and giving effect to
the 73rd Amendment to the Indian Constitution, the Power Department has established Rural
Energy Committees at the district and block levels. The R.E. committees are changed with
the Powers and functions to oversee planning and implementation of all aspects of rural
energy - starting from construction of additional transaction lines to meter reading and
revenue collection. The objectives of these committees is to ensure peoples participation
in the development of rural energy. Possibly, these committees are the first of their kind
in the country.