Guidelines soon for timely assistance to electrocution victims

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Guidelines soon for timely assistance to electrocution victims

Wednesday, 27 September 2023 | Staff Reporter | New Delhi

The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) will frame comprehensive guidelines aiming to enhance public safety and ensuring timely assistance to electrocution victims.

Delhi Power Minister Atishi on Tuesday said the Delhi government has decided to come up with comprehensive guidelines to prevent such mishaps and determine a compensation amount for the families of victims.

The Kejriwal Government has taken this decision in light of the recent incidents of electrocution recorded in Delhi.

In June a woman died after she came in contact with an electricity pole near the New Delhi Railway Station.

Atishi said the guidelines to be framed by the DERC will be useful for government officials and the power distribution companies in taking proactive measures and avert such incidents.

 These guidelines will also have a framework for ‘substantial compensation’ for the families of victims, she said.

The DERC will draft these guidelines in consultation with stakeholders, prioritising the safety and wellbeing of the residents of the city, the power minister said.

The decision of the government for framing of guidelines on electrocution follows the orders issued by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in 2021, said a statement from the power department.

In July 2023, the department proposed issuing policy directions under Section 108 of the Electricity Act, empowering DERC to frame necessary regulations.

As part of the process, the opinion of the lieutenant governor will also be sought to ensure a comprehensive approach to the issue, the statement said.

Atishi underscored the guidelines would also ensure that affected families receive the support they need during challenging times.

She said every incident of electrocution or injury to workers due to electric shock profoundly impacts families concerned and the Kejriwal government is determined to stand with them in their difficult times.

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