Power reforms pushed by the Centre are not that bad in real terms, though they pose political risks to the parties. The states are resisting disclosing the actual number of units consumed by the farm sector as it might earn the wrath of the agriculture community. The Central Power Bill which is before the Parliament seeks fixing metres to the agriculture connections.
The Centre offers some incentives to states which fix meters to farm connections. But, many states are against this as it would anger the farmers who don’t want any kind of scrutiny of their power consumption. The Centre is not against the policy of free power to farmers, but only wants the actual amount of power taken by the sector.
When we have figures about every other sector, industry, commercial and domestic, why not have those of the agriculture sector too? States are free to offer free power to farmers as long as they wish and can afford, but concealing figures is not a wise move. Disclosure of farm power details will only help who is consuming how much.