The commission has also organised a public hearing in this context on December 23 at the headquarters in Ranchi, completing which final regulations would be announced through a gazette notification.
The Regulations-2010 once finalised would supersede JSERC (conduct of business regulations) Order 2003 and JSERC (miscellaneous) order 2003 that are in force till date.
As per draft proposal domestic consumers and agriculture consumers have been spared of any kind of petition fee and they have been allowed to turn up for filing any case with simple documents. "We observed that for bill disputes of Rs 1000 or less, consumers were discouraged to move the commission thinking that they have to pay a fee of Rs 2000 so under new regulation we have proposed a complete waiver of fee for them," said AK Mehta, secretary, JSERC.
For commercial and HT consumers and petition fee has been increased to Rs 10,000. Effort has also been made to rationalise the fee for revision petitions filed with the commission.
In the light of rise in prices, the commission has proposed new structure of fee for tariff determination of licensees. As against the flat rate of Rs 10 lakh charged to every applicant, irrespective of the size and turn over of the generation of distribution licensee, the commission has now proposed variable fee structure based on the energy sale capacity of the licensee.
Twenty five paise would be charged per unit of the energy sold by the licensee for determining the tariff for the said company, Mehta said clarifying the new practice will ease the burden from smaller companies and at the same time decrease financial burden from over the commission.
Talking about conducting public hearing and inviting suggestions from general public and stake holders, Mehta said communication has been sent to the consumer associations and licences to participate in the public hearing so that the entire process is transparent and includes valuable suggestions from people experienced in the field of determining rationalised fee structure for functioning of the commission.
Source- Times of India