The Election Commission has put on hold any revision in power tariffs until after the completion of polling in a particular state. While allowing the process required for a decision on the power tariff to continue, the EC instructed the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission as well as state Chief Electoral Officers (CEOs) that the "tariff award shall be made only on the completion of the poll in the relevant state, that is, after the poll date/dates in that states".
The EC ruling came in response to the references made to it by various state power regulators seeking the poll body's go-ahead for issuing the revised electricity tariffs as the model code of conduct is in force.
The poll body had sked the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission and the CEOs to inform the state regulators of its decision.
Recently, the power regulator in Odisha had decided to keep the new electricity tariff in a sealed envelope till the electoral process ends.
Election authorities in Andhra Pradesh have restrained the state regulator from announcing revised tariffs as long as the Model Code of Conduct was in force.
Meanwhile, in another key ruling regarding references from various Central ministries and departments on financial matters, the EC ruled that funds for ongoing works/schemes for which budget provision is already made, may be parked in the a government bank/treasury, on the condition that the implementation of the same is taken up only after the polls are over.
In a letter to the Cabinet secretary, the EC said that where budget allocation is to be distributed to the states, the said funds may be transferred to the state governments but utilized by them for actual implementation only after the elections.
Source - TOI