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Updated as on 01/07/2016

FOIR is led by people with vast experience in the Power industry, technological competence in software development and an outstanding track record in project relevant. Their expertise extends to key areas such as Power, Finance, Administration and General Management.

Office Bearers of The Governing Body of FOIR

Hony. Chairman
Shri Gireesh B. Pradhan
Shri Gireesh B. Pradhan, Chairperson, CERC

A career civil servant with over 37 years of experience, both at the national and state level, Shri Gireesh B Pradhan was born in Mumbai on 20th December, 1952. He did his schooling from St. Xavier’s School, Jaipur, Rajasthan (1969) and Bachelor of Arts with Honours in History (1970-73) from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University. He holds a Master of Arts (History) degree (1973-75) from Delhi University, Master of Public Administration (MPA 1984-85) from the School of Public Administration, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada and Masters in Strategic Studies from the National Defence College (NDC 1992), New Delhi. Besides formal academic programmes, Shri Pradhan has attended a number of in – service programmes in various fields.

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Before joining the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1977, Shri Pradhan briefly taught history at the undergraduate level in Delhi University and also served in the State Bank Group as a Probationary Officer. He was allotted the Maharashtra cadre in the Indian Administrative Service, in 1977 and worked in state of Maharashtra at the state and district level. He handled both the regulatory and development affairs in various districts of Maharashtra like Sholapur, Kolhapur, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Mumbai Thane, Nagpur and Pune.

He was also closely associated with the setting up of the new district of Sindhudurg in 1980-81. Later he worked as the Member and Secretary of the Maharashtra State Electricity Board. Shri Pradhan has also been the Municipal Commissioner of Pune and Additional Municipal Commissioner of Mumbai. As Director General of YASHADA, he was instrumental in making that institution a premier civil services training institute of the country.He also has a monograph to his credit on civil services reforms in independent India. . At the national level, Shri Pradhan has worked in the Ministries of Food & Civil Supplies, Home Affairs and Power. He has served in the office of the President of India from 1992 to 1997 both as Director and then Joint Secretary to the President. He also served as Secretary to the Speaker of the LokSabha 2002 to 2003.

Shri Pradhan joined the Ministry of Power, as Joint Secretary, in November, 2003 where he was handling diverse subjects including Planning, Coordination, Energy Efficiency, Transmission and OM. He was promoted as Additional Secretary in January 2008 and looked after Policy & Planning, Transmission including matters relating to Power Grid Corporation of India Limited and their Central Sector projects, Power Trading Corporation, Power Finance Corporation, Operation & Monitoring, Coordination, International Co-operation, Climate Change and the Information Technology Division of Ministry of Power. He also served as Chairman of the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC)..

Shri Pradhan was promoted as Special Secretary in the Ministry of Power from 1st February, 2011 and took over charge of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in October 2011.

Besides the above, Shri Pradhan has been responsible for a number of crucial reports on the power sector. He has also had one of the longest involvements (12 years) with the power sector at both state and central level. He was actively involved in the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) a mission under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) which aims to establish India as a global leader in solar energy.


Hony. Vice-Chairman
Shri S. Machendranathan
Shri S. Machendranathan, Chairperson, AERA

Shri S. Machendranathan , took over as Chairperson, Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India on 9 th March, 2015.

Shri Machendranathan who hails from Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu had a distinguished academic career. After completing MBA from Cochin University, he joined the Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1977 and thereafter the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1979.

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An IAS officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre, Shri S. Machendranathan held several important positions in the Government of Tamil Nadu and in the Government of India. In the Government of Tamil Nadu, he worked as Collector of Thanjavur District; Commissioner/ Secretary to the Government of Tamil Nadu in the Departments of Transport, Food, Cooperation and Consumer Protection; Chairman of Tamil Nadu Electricity Board. And in the Government of India, he worked as Chairman of Tuticorin Port Trust; Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor in the Ministry of Steel as well as in the Ministry of Civil Aviation and finally as Secretary (Coordination) in Cabinet Secretariat, before superannuating from the Government Service in March, 2014.

He has also served as Government Director in several Public Sector companies such as Air India, Airports Authority of India, Steel Authority of India Limited, Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited, Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Limited and Metallurgical & Engineering Consultants (India) Limited.

Shri Devender Kumar Sikri
Shri Devender Kumar Sikri, Chairperson, CCI

Shri Devender Kumar Sikri , has taken over as the Chairperson of Competition Commission of India on 11th January 2015.

He joined the Indian Administrative Service in the year 1975. In a career spanning 38 years, he has handled a wide range of responsibilities in the Central Government and in the State Government of Gujarat.

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He holds an M.Phil degree as well as Master’s Degree in Advanced Mathematics. He has also done the Advanced Professional Course in Public Administration from the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), Delhi. He has extensive experience in the corporate sector, both at the industry level, and also at the policy level. In his role as the Joint Secretary, Department of Fertilizer, he chaired the Inter-Ministerial Group on the rationalization of the pricing policy for decontrolled phosphatic/ potassic fertilizer. He has served on the Boards of National Fertilizer Ltd.; Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers, IFFCO, KRIBHCO etc.

As Managing Director of the Gujarat Agro Industries Corporation, he was instrumental in its turnaround. Later, in his role as the Commissioner, Industries Promotion and as Vice-Chairman of the Gujarat Industries Development Corporation, he introduced a number of projects facilitating the establishment of new industries.

He has also held several other important positions with the Government of India, such as the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India, and as Secretary, Ministry of Women & Child Development. As Secretary, Government of India for the Department of Justice, under the Ministry of Law & Justice, he was instrumental in accelerating the computerization of courts, and the initiation of special drives in High Courts, for reduction of pendency.

Shri Anand Kumar
Shri Anand Kumar, Chairperson, GERC

Shri Anand Kumar has taken over as Chairperson, Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission on 5th April, 2016. Before joining Gujarat State, he has served the State of Meghalaya as Chairperson-ERC and State of Uttarakhand as Member/Acting Chairperson.

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He holds a post-graduate degree in Finance Management and Graduate degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT-Roorkee. He has also done Advanced Software Programming Course from Hitachi, Japan and training in Economics Regulation from National Regulatory Research Institute, USA.He has more than 36 years of experience in the Power Sector of which 18 years of experience has been at Regulations, Reforms and Restructuring in the Power sector. Out of some key assignments, was his association in Unbundling and Restructuring of the power sector in Uttar Pradesh and assignments at Regulatory Commissions of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Meghalaya.

Shri Satya Prakash Nanda
Shri Satya Prakash Nanda, Chairperson, OERC

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Shri T.M. Manoharan
Shri T.M. Manoharan, Chairperson, KSERC

Shri T.M. Manoharan IFS (Rtd) was born on 03-05-1952 at Thrissur District in the State of Kerala. He entered into Indian Forest Service in the year 01-05-1976 and retired on 31-05-2012. He has been serving Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission as Chairman from 11.1.2013. He acquired his master’s degree in Chemistry from I.I.T Madras. He also possesses the qualification of LL.B from Calicut University and M A (Sociology) from Calicut University.

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He is having more than 40 years experience in the major official assignments under the Government of Kerala. The major official assignments include Chairman, Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission for 3 years, Chairman, Kerala State Electricity Board for 7 years and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Head of Forest Force, Kerala for 4 years. He served also as Chief Conservator of Forests (Administration), Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) and Chief Wildlife Warden, Chief Conservator of Forests (Vigilance), Custodian, Vested Forests and Managing Director, Kerala Forest Development Corporation.

He officiated as a Member of the Board of Directors of various Public Sector Undertakings including Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation Ltd (KSIDC), Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC), Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (KINFRA), Baitarni West Coal Company Ltd., ODHISHA, Kerala State Power And Infrastructure Finance Corporation Ltd (KSPIFC), Oil Palm India Ltd, Forest Industries Travancore Ltd (FIT). He also officiated as a Member of the Management Committee/ Governing Body which includes Agency For Non Conventional Energy And Rural Technology (ANERT), Energy Management Centre (EMC), Ezhimala Naval Academy, Coastal Development Agency, Malabar Cancer Centre, Kerala Hydel Tourism Centre.


Hony. Members
Mr. S.C. Jha
Shri S.C. Jha, Member, BERC

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Shri V.K. Shrivastava
Shri V.K. Shrivastava, Member, CSERC

Er. Vinod Shrivastava, has done his graduation from Government Engineering College, Jabalpur in 1973. He served M.P. Electricity Board in various capacities. On formation of Chhattisgarh State Electricity Board in the year 2000, he served as a Chief Engineer, Executive Director and Secretary.

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Thereafter he served as Managing Director in Chhattisgarh State Power Trading Company after restructuring of CSEB in to power companies from January, 2009 to October, 2011. During the above period, he was also holding the charge of Managing Director, Holding Company from November 2009 to September, 2010 and Generation Company from March, 2011 to October, 2011 in addition to the post of M.D. (Trading Company). After retirement from CSP Trd. Co. in the month of October, 2011, he has been appointed as Member in The Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission on 10.01.2012.

Shri Sivapada Swain
Shri Sivapada Swain, Member, OERC

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Shri K.P. Singh
Shri K.P. Singh , Member, UERC

Shri K.P.Singh is presently working as Member (Tech.) in Uttarakhand Electricity Regulatory Commission and has also served in Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission as Member. He is an officer of the Central Power Engineering (Group "A" )Services (CPES) cadre of 1973 Batch who held various other important positions as Member (Thermal) & Ex-officio Additional Secretary to Govt, of India, Secretary (CEA), Chief Vigilance Officer, Chief Engineer (Conservation, Efficiency & Environment), Chief Engineer (R&D), etc in Central Electricity Authority, Ministry of Power.

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Born in 1952, Shri K.P. Singh earned his Bachelor of Technology Degree (B.Tech. with honours) in Mechanical Engineering from the G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pant Nagar in 1973 and pursued M.Sc (Thermal Engineering) from Delhi University, Ph.D (Reliability Engineering) from IIT, Delhi and now pursuing Post Graduate Diploma in Environment & Sustainable Development (PGDESD) from IGNOU .
Shri Singh, having core competence in Thermal Power, is ably equipped with 42 years experience in various fields including Operation & Maintenance, Techno-economical Appraisal, Review of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) of fast track thermal schemes of IPPs, review of fuel supply agreements, Preparation of regulations, conservation & efficiency, performance analysis of thermal power stations and R&D in power sector.

He has also been very actively associated with a number of Committees/Working Groups of Ministry of Power as well as other Ministries such as "Working Group on Power", "Working Group on Coal and Lignite", "Working Group on Cement Industry" and "Working Group on Promoting public private partnership and public people partnership with socio-economic Ministries/departments and States for technology development" for formulation of 12th Five Year Plan, Standing Committee on R&D (SCRD) in Power Sector, Project Appraisal Committee, Committee on Power Purchase Agreement, Standing Committee for derating/uprating of Thermal Units, Standing Committee set up by CEA to examine the proposals for recommendations regarding coal linkage, gas linkage, Expert Committee for Project Safety Review for Light Water Reactor (ACPSR-LWR) of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, Safety Council Member of Oil Industry Safety Directorate of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Project Review Committee of CPRI, Assessment of skill up gradation and training requirements for execution of Hydro- electric projects in Bhutan etc. Shri Singh has also been a member of the following three Committees constituted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests:-

(a) Expert Committee on Thermal Projects,
(b) Expert Committee on Environmental Standards,
(c) Technical Committee to assess the environmentally sound technologies for
final disposal of PCBs in India.

He was Member of Governing Body of two Institutions viz KGITC at Bolpur Shantiniketan and National Power Training Institute (NPTI) at Faridabad. HE is presently Honorary Member of Governing Body of Forum of Indian Regulators (FOIR). He was also Chairman of following 7 Committees/Task Force constituted by Ministry of power Govt. of India:

• Chairman of the Joint Monitoring Committee to monitor the progress of the Implementation of the Sasan, Krishnapatnam, Mundra & Tilaya UMPP.

•  Chairman of the Standing Committee on Occupational Health and Safety of workers of Thermal Power Plants.

• Chairman of the Committee on National Infrastructure Protection Plan of Thermal Power Sector.

•  Chairman of the Task Force for Promotion of R&M of Thermal Power Projects in India.

• Chairman of Task Force for Standardization of Tendering Procedure and Model Contract Document for R&M of Fossil fuel fired power stations.

•  Chairman of the Standing Committee on Site Selection of Thermal Power Projects.

• Chairman of specialized Sub-Group on Coal, Oil and Gas under the task force for action plan on development of energy sector in N-E Region.

Shri K.P. Singh attended various Technical and Management programmes/ conferences in India and abroad and is an Individual Member CIGRE. He was team leader of the Indian Delegation to USA, consisting of members from the CPSUs, State Utilities, IPPs, for Asia Pacific Partnership (APP) on "Clean Development and Climate Change" .

Shri Singh prepared and implemented MOU with Ministry of Power and M/s GTZ under Indo-German Energy Efficiency Programme for Power Plant Optimization and Improvement in the availability and efficiency of Power Plants. He also prepared 1 st version of CO 2 Baseline data for the Indian Power Sector in November, 2006 a first in the world which was much appreciated by Conference of Parties (COP) of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at Narobi Meet . This has been emulated by China and other Countries subsequently.

Shri A.B. Bajpai
Shri A.B. Bajpai, Member, MPERC

Engineer by profession, Shri A.B. Bajpai has a rich and varied experience over 38 years in the power sector. He has doneBachelors’in Electrical Engineering in the year 1978 from Maulana Azad College of Technology, Bhopal.

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Prior to joining Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission(MPERC) as Member in December, 2012, he was working as Chief General Manager(Commercial) in the Power Management Company of Madhya Pradesh and was head of Commercial activities in the organization. Besides looking after procurement of power from all sources of energy on long-term and short-term basis, banking/sales was also executing power purchase agreements.

Shri Bajpai has a diverse experience while he was working at different cadres in the erstwhile Madhya Pradesh State Electricity Board(MPSEB). During his tenure in MPSEB he was in-charge of EHT construction and maintenance. He was also in-charge of planning, material procurement and work contracts, etc. As an Executive Engineer, he headed City Division and Vigilance activities and so he is well conversant with the work of power distribution and revenue management activities of the Discom. During his tenure in MPERC as Member, he has been instrumental in issuing of many regulations to streamline activities of licensees so as to bring in clarity in their operations. He was also Member of Technical Committee found by CERC for implementation of framework on Renewables at the State level.


Hony. Secretary
Shri A.K. Singhal
Shri A.K. Singhal, Member, CERC

Shri A.K. Singhal (59 years), a Chartered Accountant by profession, has a distinguished career, characterized by steadfast adherence to principles. He has a rich & varied experience of over 37 years in Corporate Finance Management. He worked as Director (Finance) of NTPC Limited (a Maharatna Company) for over 8 years.

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In NTPC, Mr. Singhal played a pivotal role in providing valuable inputs to the Board for taking various strategic decisions to enable the company in achieving its Vision. He was responsible for the entire gamut of financial management of the organization including financial resource mobilization from domestic & global sources, optimum utilization of funds, budgetary controls and investment decisions. During his tenure of 12 years in NTPC, he had led several landmark transactions for the Company such as its IPO, FPO & OFS of equity, very large term loan facilities from banks and financial institutions and establishment of USD 2 billion Medium Term Note Programme and issuance of notes there under. As CFO, he was responsible for establishing adequate internal control systems and adherence by the company to sound corporate governance practices. He played an active role in the decisions involving mergers and acquisitions including backward & forward integration of business. He acted as a vital link between the investing community and the management of the company.
Driven by a passion for excellence and imbued with a strong work ethics, Mr. Singhal believes integrity and honesty as the only policy for enduring business success. Under his able guidance and leadership, NTPC has won many awards & accolades for excellence in Financial Reporting and Corporate Governance. Mr. Singhal has been recognized as Best CFO at various forums including by the ICAI(twice), IMA(Lifetime Achievement Award), CNBC TV 18, ASBA Top Rankers and he has been positioned thrice among top 100 CFOs across the country by CFO Institute of 9dot9 media.
Mr. Singhal has also been the driving force behind various initiatives towards Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). His emphasis is always to ensure that each CSR initiative of NTPC is aimed to improve lives of the people at the bottom of the pyramid and activities are taken up and processes adopted with due diligence so that benefit of the same reaches upto the last mile. Considering the contributions and rich knowledge & experience of Mr. Singhal, the Government of India has appointed him as Member, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission in October 2013, to shoulder even higher responsibilities as the Power Sector Regulator.


Hony. Treasurer
Shri A.S. Bakshi
Shri A.S. Bakshi, Member, CERC

Shri A S Bakshi, a Mechanical Engineer with M B A ,has a total experience of more than 39 years in Power Sector. Shri Bakshi started his career at Badarpur thermal power station ( New Delhi) in 1974 while the project was still under construction. He cleared Engineering services examination of 1974 and was assigned Central Power Engineering Service (CPES) . He joined Central Water and Power Commission in 1975 and was again posted at Badarpur thermal power station . He worked in operations of the plant for more than 4 years before being posted in Efficiency cell. Shri Bakshi introduced the concept of efficiency audit in the plant in 1977 when efficiency tests of thermal plants were relatively unknown. He also participated in many R&D projects of BHEL at this power plant.

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In 1979, Shri Bakshi was deputed to Water and Electricity department ( WED) , Government of Abu Dhabi on foreign assignment by Government of India. Shri Bakshi worked at Umm Al Nar (West) power plant in their Maintenance Department. The Plant comprises 6 oil fired power generating units and 6 desalination plants . On repatriation from Abu Dhabi in 1984, Shri Bakshi joined his parent department – Central Electricity Authority where he worked in various capacities in R&M of power plants and energy audits of thermal plants. In 2002 he was made Director (Admn) of CEA and in 2004, he was promoted as Chief Engineer and posted in planning wing- As chief engineer, he was responsible for generation planning for the country as a whole.He was instrumental in bringing out National Electricity Plans in 2007 and in 2011. He was also Member Secretary of the working group on power for 12th plan when he was Member ( Planning) CEA.He has concurrently held posts of Member( Hydro) and Member (G&OD) CEA also.
Shri A. S. Bakshi was elevated to the post of Chairperson , Central Electricity Authority (CEA) and Ex-officio Secretary to the Government of India in July 2011. He was responsible for generation planning , transmission planning and for load forecasting for the country as a whole. He headed the Committee to grant concurrence to Hydro projects. He was President , CBIP and President , EEC also during this period. Shri Bakshi chaired or was a member of a number of committees during the period 2011-13 some of which are listed below:

1. Chairman of the Enquiry Committee constituted by Ministry of Power on Grid Disturbance in Northern Region on 30th July,2012, and in Northern, Eastern & North-Eastern Region on 31st Jul,2012.
2. Chairman of the Committee constituted by Ministry of Power for examination and recommendation on the proposed amendments in the Electricity Act,2003.
3 Chairman of the 18th Electric Power Survey (EPS) Committee.
4 Chairman of the Committee constituted by Ministry of Power on Private Investment in the Power Sector.
5 Chairman of the Committee constituted by Ministry of Power for suggesting/devising permanent safety measures in respect of Loharinag Pala Hydro-electric Project (600 MW) in Uttarakhand.
6 Chairman of the Working Group on Distributed Generation and Renewables under India Smart Grid Task Force.
7 Chairman of the Task Force constituted by Ministry of Power for integration of electricity from Renewable Energy Sources in the Grid during the 12th Plan.
8 Chairman of the Standing Technical Committee of CEA, CWC, MoEF and the State Government on conversion of Storage Scheme to Run of River (RoR) Scheme.
9 Chairman of the Committee for Extensive use of Gas Insulated Substations (GIS).
10 Chairman of the Committee for investigating the reasons of stranded generation capacity in a scenario of power shortages.
11 Chairman of the Committee constituted by Ministry of Power for reviewing the functional specifications for single chip low cost smart meter.
12 Member of the Committee headed by Secretary(Power) for financial restructuring of State Distribution Companies (Discoms).
13 Member of the Steering Committee on Energy Sector for 12th Five Year Plan (2012-2017) headed by Member(Energy), Planning Commission.
14 Member of the India – Nepal Joint Ministerial Commission on Water Resources (JMCWR).
15 Member of the Steering Committee headed by Secretary(Power) for Re-structured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (R-APDRP).
16 Member of the Working Group on Power to formulate the programme for development of the power sector during the 12th Plan.
17 Member of the Steering Committee of National Electricity Fund (NEF) .
18 Member of the Inter-Ministerial Group on Issues relating to River Ganga headed by Member(Energy), Planning Commission.
19 Permanent Invitee in the Task Force on Hydro Power Development headed by Union Minister of Power.

A number of important reports were finalized during his tenure as Chairperson CEA- these included 17th Electric Power Survey, Standard specifications for supercritical units, General review 2011 and 2012, Carbon dioxide base line data, Removal of CTC from power sector, Key inputs for 12th five year plan etc.

Shri Bakshi joined CERC as a member on 5th August 2014.