Nepra stripped of its autonomy

The Council of Common Interests (CCI) on Tuesday approved drastic changes to a law to clip powers of the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) to independently determine electricity tariffs.
A participant of the meeting told Dawn that major changes were approved to amend the Regulation of Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power Act, 1997 — commonly known as the Nepra Act.
This means the authority would lose its independent powers to set consumer-end tariff. Moreover, an “independent panel” would be formed which could challenge Nepra’s decisions.
It was agreed in principle that all the provinces would have their own power regulatory bodies instead of a national regulator having countrywide jurisdiction because electricity was a provincial subject under federal legislative list-II.
Published in Dawn, 3rd May, 2017