New Delhi: Government plans to increase manpower in power sector utilities in a phased manner, Parliament was informed on Tuesday.
"At present there is no shortage of manpower mainly for grid operation function, however, additional manpower required for certain functions has been planned in a phased manner," Power Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia informed the Rajya Sabha.
He said that there is no scarcity of manpower for important grid operation function. Power System Operation Corporation has adequate manpower at each Regional and National Load Despatch Centre.
"Additional manpower required for certain functions like market operation, regulatory and legal functions etc has been planned for required implementation," he said and added that manpower is being planned progressively.
Meanwhile, the minister also informed the Upper House that there is an overall shortage of power in the country in almost all the states.
The shortage varies from state to state on month to month, day to day and hour to hour basis depending upon the demand and supply of power, he said.
The main reasons for shortage of power in the country include growth in demand of power outstripping the growth in generation and capacity addition and less generation due to fuel shortage, the minister pointed.
The current installed capacity of the country stands at 2,10,000 MW and the government plans to add 88,000 MW in the next five years.
First Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 17:52