Now payment of electricity bills some clicks away: PRAAPTI App and Web portal launched for transparent bill records    

In a bid to lead in errant distribution companies discoms that delay payment to power generation companies, the Power Ministry has launched the Praapti web portal. ‘Praapti’ stands for ‘Payment ratification and analysis in power procurement for bringing transparency in involving of generators’.

  “This portal will help power distribution companies be apprised of invoicing by generators and also bring transparency in their payments to them,” said Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power and Renewable Energy, RK Singh. “The power distribution companies can clear the invoices and reply to claims raised by the generators on this portal,” he added.

  A Ministry official said the portal will also compare and rank State discoms on outstanding bills and the frequency of clearing them. To start with, it will not give the stated reason for the delay in payments. In a demonstration of the portal’s working, February 2018 data was shared. Bulks of the claims for outstanding payments were to independent power producers and NTPC Ltd.
The portal would facilitate relative assessment of various State DISCOMs on “Ease of making payments” to various Generation Companies, and will also help make transactions in the power Sector more transparent.
The app will also allow users to know the details related to the payments made by the Discoms to the power generation company and when they were made. PRAAPTI will also enable the consumers to evaluate the financial performance of their Discoms in terms of payments being made to the generation companies.

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