Gireesh Pradhan tipped to become CERC chief

 

Gireesh B. Pradhan, former Secretary of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, is expected to become the next Chairperson of the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC).

Pradhan’s appointment for the post has been given go-ahead by the Power Ministry on Tuesday, sources told Business Line.

The nodal Ministry has forwarded the matter to the Prime Minister-headed Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, which will take the final decision. The appointment is expected in a week or two, sources added.

Recently, the role of the CERC was in the news due to the several crucial tariff orders it passed. Private power companies such as Tata Power, Adani Power and Reliance Power have petitioned for increase in electricity tariff from their respective stations.

Pradhan is an IAS officer of the 1977 Maharashtra cadre. The 1952-born bureaucrat had earlier served in the Power Ministry as Joint Secretary and Additional Secretary. The post of CERC Chairperson has been vacant since Pramod Deo retired on June 9. Deo had assumed charge as head of the Regulator in 2008 and was the longest serving power regulator.

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