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  • National launch of Scheme on Capacity Building in Rural Distribution Franchising

    20 August 2007

    The National scheme on capacity building in rural electricity distribution franchising was formally launched on 19th August 2007 at Gurgaon. The Scheme has been initiated by the Ministry of Power and is being implemented under DRUM training programme of the USAID. REC is the overall programme manager of the Scheme. TERI has been designated as the lead institution to conduct the capacity building at the national level along with CIRE, Hyderabad as the associate training institute. The objective of the Scheme is to enhance capacities at all levels of franchisers and franchisees to strengthen the implementation of RGGVY scheme.

    The launch was initiated with welcome remarks by Dr S.K. Sarkar, IAS, Director, TERI. Inaugural address was delivered by Mr Mr Ashok Lavasa, Financial Commissioner/Secretary (Power), Government of Haryana. Dignitaries from Power Finance Corporation and Rural Electrification Corporation also spoke on the occasion. Mr. Vijayendra Kumar, Managing Director, DHBVN delivered the vote of thanks.

    The inaugural was followed by the first program under this novel and unique scheme for franchisees and franchisers of Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited. DHBVN has adopted Gramin Vidyut Pratinidhi Scheme to manage the meter reading activities, bill distribution and cash collection in villages as well as to generate employment for the village youths who have completed ITI vocational training. The program was customized as per the needs of the audience in consultation with utility officials. There were a total of forty participants that included utility officials and actual franchisees (GVPs and Panchayats). The three-day training program was divided into eight modules of lectures and interactive sessions and half-day field visit.

    The first session was on 'Sustainable approaches for rural electricity distribution' which took international examples of rural electricity cooperatives and Village energy committee to show how they have succeeded. It also discussed the concept of distributed generation based electricity distribution franchisee. The second session was on 'Experience from franchising models - National and international case studies'. In this session, the concept of franchising and conventional franchise models was explained. Case studies of franchising in Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Assam were taken to understand the key concerns and success factors in the operational models in these states. Third session focused on contractual obligations, roles, responsibilities and rights for franchisers/franchisees and involvement of Panchayti Raj Institutions in the franchising business.

    On day two, there were fours sessions. Fourth and fifth session of the program focused in customer relations, complaint redressal and conflict management and organizational and behavioral skills. These sessions involved a lot of interactions with participants as they shared their field experiences with others. Sixth session focused on the provisions of franchisee deployment under various governing Acts and Policies including Electricity Act 2003, National Electricity Policy, Rural Electrification Policy and RGGVY Scheme. The seventh session explained the concepts of distribution losses, Quality of Supply and Service, Demand side management and energy efficiency.

    The third day began with field visit to TERI's green building RETREAT; a model sustainable habitat based on new and clean technologies at Gual Pahari for demonstration of distributed generation technologies. The session included presentations on biomass gasifier based power generation and solar power generation technologies followed by visit to gasifier based systems, solar technologies and TERI's Knowldege Centre (Gyan Kendra). The last session focused on relevance & content of Management Information System (MIS).

    The training program was concluded with valedictory address by Mr R C Sapra, Director, DHBVN. Certificates were then distributed to all the successful participants.