Ministry of Power, Government of India has sent a letter to Secretary of States, Union Territories and SERCs regarding timely issuing of the Tariff Orders for FY 2021-22 under Electricity Act 2003.
The letter requests that tariff orders for the FY 2021-22 are issued at the earliest to ensure the financial health of the DISCOMS in states.
The letter quotes directions to State Commissions issued by APTEL which asks to ensure regular and timely revision of Tariffs including regular turning up of Tariffs. Some of the SERCs issue tariff orders regularly in every financial year whereas some are not strictly adhering to the provisions of the Electricity Act 2003.
The information available with the Ministry of Power indicates that some of the SERCs have not issued the tariff orders for the FY2021-22 thereby not adhering to the provisions of the Act and directions of the tribunal. The status report regarding the issuance of the tariff orders for 2021-22 by SERC in the state should be informed to the Ministry at the earliest.
The letter was issued to Additional Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary, Secretary (Energy) of the State or UT and Secretary of SERCs of the State or UT of Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland, Punjab, Nagaland, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.