Failure to Act on Policy Promises Unfair: SC
The Supreme Court has said that the government should first look into ‘pros and cons’ before laying down any policy like ‘uninterrupted electricity supply’, as failure to act according to the promises would be ‘unfair and immoral’ on its part. A Bench comprising Justice A R Dave and Justice A K Sikri made the observation while considering a petition in which the Kerala Government was found lacking to meet the promise made by it in 1990 policy assuring continuous supply of electricity without power cut for five years to certain new manufacturing units.
“Before laying down any policy which would give benefits to its subjects, the State must think about pros and cons of the policy and its capacity to give the benefits,” the court said. It set aside the judgment of the Kerala High Court, which had rejected grievances ventilated by the manufacturing units that they did not get real benefit of the policy because their production was adversely affected whenever there was power cut and the five-year period of exemption from power cut was not extended by government.
While allowing the appeals of such units, the Bench said:“In the instant case, no case had been made out that the appellants had committed any breach or were not entitled to any of the benefits offered by the state.”