Indian Express:

The franchisee system in power distribution has not taken off despite provision for central financial assistance. Out of 1,61,373 villages where Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) funds have been utilised, only 42% villages operate through a franchisee system.

Individuals were included in the distribution sector as franchisees to initiate public-private partnership at the lowest level, and to promote entrepreneurial capabilities of local youth. The Electricity Act, 2003 allows a utility to grant franchisees for certain functions in a distribution area.