Bhopal/Jabalpur: Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch has filed a petition for review in the MP High Court asking the state government to consider his request not to increase the electricity tariff in the MP following of the Corona pandemic.
A High Court divisional bench had dismissed an earlier petition by the organization asking the state government not to increase the electricity tariff as proposed by electric discoms following the situation resulting from the pandemic from Corona. The court had said it would not be appropriate for the court to intervene in matters of government policy.
The applicant organization argued that the Corona pandemic had been notified as a calamity under the Disaster Management Act. The state is in the grip of the third Corona wave. People are facing financial difficulties and in such a situation, the government of a welfare state is supposed to alleviate the suffering of the people.
In this context, the manch had made a request to the state government urging it to invoke powers under Section 108 of the Electricity Act to prevent the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA ) to increase the electricity rate as proposed by the discoms but there was no response from him. In the review petition, the manch asked the state government to decide on its application before the ERA decides on the review of the electricity tariff. Lawyer Dinesh Upadhyay filed the petition for review.