UPERC accused of having double standard on petitions
August 30th, 2013

LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) had cited the absence of a full member board for not taking up petitions pertaining to power tariff revision. But in a surprising move, the Commission set aside this reason and took up the petitions of some industrialists regarding their private profitability issues on Thursday.

The UPERC hearing has stirred a controversy with its secretary objecting to it. UPERC secretary AK Srivastava termed the Thursday hearing as “discriminating with previous petitions” which sought review of the power tariff. The tariff was raised by about 30-40%, mainly for domestic consumers, in June.

The UPERC has been without a full time chairman and a member for nearly eight and three months respectively. In fact, this was the key reason cited by the lone member, Meenakshi Singh, for not taking up petitions pertaining to tariff hike and public grievances. Instead, Singh had suggested that such issues be “put before the next Commission”, which has a chairman and at least two members.

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