In a strange turn of events, the chairman of the state electricity regulatory commission has issued a dissent note on an order issued by his two colleagues on a 'truing-up' petition filed by the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB).
The 20-page 'Minority Order' of chairman T M Manoharan, affixed along with the general order, asserts that he disagrees with his colleagues' conclusions regarding the KSEB's expenditure on its employees. However, he makes it clear that "this is only a minority order. The majority order by the learned members will prevail over this order."
The rising employee costs of the KSEB has always been a touchy issue with the commission.
In fixing the aggregate revenue requirement of the KSEB in 2011, the commission had projected '1582.11 crore as employee costs for the 2011-12 fiscal. However, the actual expenditure under this head had come to '1903.33 crore, which the KSEB wanted the commission to accept.
In their decision on KSEB's truing-up petition for the 2011-12 fiscal, commission members S Venugopal and Vikraman Nair allowed '1822.43 crore as employee costs.
However, Manoharan, in his 'minority order', said his colleagues' decision to amend the employee expenses from '1582.11 crore to '1822.43 crore went against laws and regulations and would be detrimental to the interests of the consumers.
Source- Indian Express