Exempt Kuppam RESCO from retail licence: Naidu writes to CS

Amaravati, March 27:

TDP National President and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday strongly objected to the cancellation of the sale, distribution and retail licence to the Kuppam Rural Electric Cooperative Society Ltd (Kuppam RESCO) without justifiable reasons.
Mr. Naidu urged the AP Chief Secretary to exempt Kuppam RESCO from the retail licence in order to allow the cooperative society to continue its activities as before. The orders of the AP Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) for the cancellation of the licence were unilateral.
In a letter written to the Chief Secretary here, Mr. Naidu said that the APERC order for the merger of Kuppam RESCO with the AP Southern Powder Distribution Company Ltd (APSPDCL) was against the will of the people. The APERC order was given just because of Kuppam RESCO not getting the retail licence. It was not proper on the part of the Government to allow the APSPDCL to take over Kuppam RESCO at this juncture.
The TDP chief said that Kuppam RESCO was established in 1981 in the Kuppam assembly constituency. It was aimed at achieving the 100 percent rural electrification in the backward and distant corners of Kuppam segment. The Kuppam Society had succeeded in its objective with the support from the RESCO AP.
Mr. Naidu told the CS that there were over 1.22 lakh shareholders in Kuppam RESCO Society and they had got over 1.24 lakh connections. These consisted of residential, commercial and industrial connections. Majority shareholders were small and middle class farmers and SC, ST, BC families. Their main livelihood has been agriculture. The Kuppam RESCO has become a matter of pride for the people of the total assembly constituency over the years
Strongly objecting to the APERC decision, Mr. Naidu urged the Chief Secretary to prevent Kuppam RESCO from being merged with the APSPDCL. Its merger on a small pretext of not having the licence was meaningless. The people of the Kuppam segment were losing trust and hope following the latest decision. The Government has been giving licence exemption consecutively every year ever since the RESCO Kuppam was established.

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