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*[ STATUS AS ON : 25th May, 2024 ]*

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 Ravi Mital
Shri Ravi Mital,
Chairperson, IBBI

Shri Ravi Mital is a 1986 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Bihar cadre. Shri Ravi Mital holds degrees of B.E. in Mechanical Engineering and M.Phil. in Environmental Science.

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Prior to joining the IBBI as Chairperson, he superannuated from the position of Secretary, Department of Sports, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. He has also served as Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and Special Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance. He has also served on Boards of various organisations including State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, GIC Re etc. During his service, he has served in varied capacities in various Ministries and Departments of the Government.


Hony. Vice-Chairman
Shri Jisnu Barua
Shri Jishnu Barua,
Chairperson, CERC

Shri Jishnu Barua is a former IAS Officer, who had joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1988 and allocated the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, his home cadre. In his service career in the State Government of Assam, Shri Barua had served in several capacities in the field such as Deputy Commissioner of districts (1994-1997), Managing Director, Assam Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) in 1997-2001, Commissioner & Secretary, Personnel, Home & Political Departments (2007-2012), etc. He had also been on Central Deputation earlier from 2001-2006 and had during that period, served as Private Secretary to Union Minister of State for Commerce, Statistics and Programme Implementation etc., and later as Director (Police) in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.

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He was on Central Deputation again from 2014 to 2017 and posted as Joint Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT) in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Government of India looking after Vigilance, Training and Service matters.

Upon returning to Assam, Shri Barua was posted as Principal Secretary to Government of Assam, Power Department during which also served as Chairman of Distribution, Generation and Transmission Companies under the State Government. Thereafter, he took over as Additional Chief Secretary, Home & Revenue Department. Shri Barua was elevated to the post of Chief Secretary to the Government of Assam on 31st October, 2020. He also held additional charge as Chairman, Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL). Shri Jishnu Barua superannuated from service as Chief Secretary on 31st August 2022 and was thereafter re-employed as Chairman, Assam Power Distribution Company. He joined as Chairperson CERC on 2nd March 2023.

Shri Barua had served in the Power Sector in Assam over two stints i.e. 2017-2018 and June 2021 till February 2023. He was Principal Secretary, Power and Chairman, APDCL in 2017-2018 when APDCL made history by recording collection efficiency in excess of 100% for the first time. In that year, against revenue demand of Rs.4759.45 Crore, Rs.4883.90 Crore was realized with collection efficiency of 102.61%. With better collection efficiency, AT&C losses for that year came down to 15.71% against UDAY target of 17.75% for the FY 2017-18.

During his second stint as Chairman, APDCL in FY 2021-22, the collection efficiency exceeded 100% for the second time in the Company’s history. In the FY 2021-22, Rs.6294.81 Crore was collected against demand of Rs.6083.55 Crore during the year with collection efficiency of 103.47% and AT&C losses been 16.95%. The improvement in revenue collection was possible due to special focus on revenue collection, proper indexing of consumers to appropriate distribution transformers, use of artificial intelligence for meter reading, aggressive monitoring through a dedicated WhatsApp group for revenue collection, continuous micro and detailed analysis of collection and billing data, installation of smart meters in urban areas, deploying revenue collection agents (also known as Easy Pay Agent) in remote areas etc.

A post-graduate in History from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, Shri Barua had also attended the 46th Course on Strategic and Defence Studies at the National Defence College (NDC) in 2006. He was awarded an M Phil Degree by University of Madras for his thesis at NDC.

Dr. Anil Kumar Jain
Dr. Anil Kumar Jain,
Chairperson, PNGRB

Dr. Anil Kumar Jain is former member of the Indian Administrative Service and is presently posted as Chairperson, Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board, an autonomous body under Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. He has over three decades of administrative experience at the field and policy formulation levels, and has held senior positions in the Government in multiple sectors.

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He has served as Secretary in the Coal Ministry where he led reforms in sustainable mining, commercial mining and market development. In his earlier stint in Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Jain was involved in grant of environment clearance for projects and management of hazardous wastes including elimination of single-use plastic. He specializes in oil & gas sector wherein he has had a long stint in Petroleum Ministry, largely handling the upstream segment. He has authored a book ‘Natural Gas in India : Policy and Liberalisation’, published by OUP, Oxford in 2012. During 2012-17, as Head of the Energy Division of the National Institution for Transforming India (earlier the Planning Commission of India), he led several initiatives including integrated modeling tool, namely the ‘India Energy Security Scenarios, 2047 (IESS)’. He also led the team that drafted the National Energy Policy (2017-2040). Dr. Anil Jain holds a BA (Honours) in Economics, an MBA, and a Diploma from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. Dr. Jain has done his Ph.D. on the topic, “Exploring the role of natural gas in India’s energy mix in 2030”.

Mrs. Ravneet Kaur
Mrs. Ravneet Kaur,
Chairperson, CCI

Mrs. Ravneet Kaur joined the Competition Commission of India as Chairperson on 23rd May 2023. She has rich and varied experience of working with Government of India and Government of Punjab for over 34 years as a member of the Indian Administrative Service.

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Her professional experience in the field of Finance, Accountancy and Budget matters includes assignments with Government of India in the Departments of Financial Services, Disinvestment and Economic Affairs and with the Government of Punjab in the Department of Finance and as Managing Director (MD), Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB), Director Treasuries and Accounts and Director Financial Resources & Economic Intelligence (DFREI). During this period, she was Government Nominee Director on the Boards of Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), Punjab National Bank (PNB), Export Import Bank of India (EXIM Bank) and Irrigation & Water Resources Finance Corporation (IWRFC) and also got an opportunity to work as Chairperson & Managing Director (CMD) of EXIM Bank and of India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL). During her stints in the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (now DPIIT) and previously as MD Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation (PSIDC), Vice-Chairperson & MD Punjab Communications Limited and in the State Government Department of Industries & Commerce including as Director on the Boards of Jammu & Kashmir Development Finance Corporation (JKDFC), Punjab Financial Corporation and Punjab Alkalies & Chemicals Ltd; she acquired considerable experience in the fields of Industry, Business, Management and Competition related matters.

As CMD of India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC); CMD Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited (PSTCL); MD, Punjab State Civil Supplies Corporation (PUNSUP);Vice-Chairperson and National Project Director of UNDP funded Research & Development Centre for Bicycle & Sewing Machine; Institute for Machine Tools Technology and Institute for Auto Parts Technology; Executive Director, Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology and as Vice-Chancellor Punjabi University; she has performed leadership roles in various fields giving her valuable insights and knowledge of Corporate Affairs, Business, Management and Operations in the diverse areas of tourism, power transmission, food and public distribution, education and skill development. This was coupled with experience in Public Policy and Administration as Special Chief Secretary/Additional Chief Secretary/Principal Secretary in the Departments of Revenue, Rehabilitation & Disaster Management, Cooperation, Forests & Wildlife, Labour, Food Processing, Power, and Education. She has worked in quasi-judicial capacity throughout her career as Adjudicating, Appellate, Reviewing and Revisional Authority.

Mrs. Kaur is a recipient of many Awards/ Medals during her academic and professional career including President of India’s Census Silver Medal and ISAW Women Achievers Award at ITB Berlin. She has done M.A. in Economics from Punjab University Chandigarh and M.Sc. in Public Economic Management from University of Birmingham, UK. She was also a Hubert Humphrey Fellow at Cornell University USA and thereafter worked with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) at Washington DC as a Collaborator.

Shri Anil Kumar Lahoti
Shri Anil Kumar Lahoti
Chairperson, TRAI

Shri Anil Kumar Lahoti, Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is an officer of the Indian Railway Service of Engineers from the 1984 batch. He had superannuated as Chairman & CEO, Railway Board on 31st August 2023 after a career spanning about 37 years Indian Railway. He is a graduate in Civil Engineering from Madhav Institute of Technology and Science, Gwalior, with gold medal and has master’s degree in engineering (Structures) from IIT Roorkee. He has worked in various positions in the Central, Northern, North Central, Western, and West Central Railway, as well as in the Railway Board.

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Besides Chairman & CEO, Railway Board, some of the important positions held by Shri Anil Kumar Lahoti include Member Infrastructure, Railway Board, General Manager of Central Railway and Western Railway, Divisional Railway Manager, Lucknow, Northern Railway, Chief Administrative Officer (Construction), Northern Railway and Executive Director, Railway Board. Post his retirement, Ministry of Railway had appointed him to a One-Man Expert Committee for improvement in inspection and maintenance of track. In December 2023, Gati Shakti Vishvavidyalaya, Vadodara, a Central University appointed him as a Distinguished Visiting Professor.

His expertise includes railway operations, track maintenance, project execution and station redevelopment. During his illustrious career, Shri Lahoti initiated several reforms in execution of infrastructure projects and took several initiatives to modernize and mechanize track maintenance on Indian Railways. During his stints as CRB & CEO, GM and DRM, he brought about significant improvement in freight transport performance and took several customer friendly initiatives to improve the quality of service and ease the customer interface. He has also extensively contributed to planning and structuring of station redevelopment projects in various positions served by him.

Shri Lahoti has travelled to various countries in Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia in connection with official assignments. He has undertaken executive training programmes at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA, SDA Bocconi Business School, Milan, Italy and Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.

He was born to Freedom Fighter Late Shri Ratan Lal Lahoti and Late Smt. Kanchan Devi Lahoti at Guna, M.P. and is the younger brother of former Chief Justice of India Late Justice R.C.

Shri S.K.G. Rahate
Shri Sudhir Kumar Gangadhar Rahate, Chairperson, AERA

Shri S.K.G. Rahate took over as Chairperson, Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India on 14th May, 2024. Shri Rahate is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1990 batch from the Jharkhand cadre. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) degree in Instrumentation and Control Engineering from the Pune University.

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Shri Rahate has a distinguished career in the public service for more than three decades with wide ranging and diverse experience in public administration starting from District to State Secretariat and then to different Ministries/ Departments of Government of India (GoI). He worked as District Magistrate and Collector, Nawada, Bihar and Deputy Commissioner and Collector, West Singhbhum, Chaibasa, Jharkhand. Also, in the cadre he held the position of Principal Secretary, Energy; Principal Secretary, Labour & Employment and Home Secretary, Jharkhand. In Government of India, he worked as Director, MHA; Director, Rural Development; Joint Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture; Financial Commissioner, ESIC, Ministry of Labour & Employment; Additional Secretary, Ministry of Power and finally Secretary, Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice before superannuating from the Government Service on 30th April, 2024.

Shri Rahate has worked at the level of programme implementation and development/ welfare administration at the Sub District/ District level as well as at the level of scheme conceptualization, formulation and monitoring at the State Government/ Government of India level and, thereafter, worked at the policy formulation level in the Ministries of Agriculture/ Power/ Justice, Government of India. He has good experience of infrastructure departments as well as corporate functioning of various PSUs like DVC, Power Grid, NHPC, REC, PFC, National Seeds Corporation, Coconut Development Board where he was a member of the Board of Director. As far as regulatory issues are concerned, he has closely seen the functioning of SERC, CERC and APTEL for various regulatory related issues and appeals of DISCOMs/ GENCOs/ TRANSCOs/ SERCs.


Chairperson, TAMP

  

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Shri D Radhakrishna
Shri D. Radhakrishna,
Chairperson, TERC

With nearly thirty seven years of experience behind him in coal, oil, power and renewable resources, D. Radhakrishna is a well-known authority on every aspect of energy field. Armed with degrees in Engineering, Law and Management, he is life Time Member of World Energy Council. He worked for MPSEB, Adanis and Advisor to many private companies Sugar industries Co Gen Plants all across the country before joining as Chairman Tripura Electricity Regulatory Commission, Agartala.

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He was Advisor to The Bombay Chamber of Commerce, Bihar Industries Association, Telengana and Andhra Pradesh Industries Association and also associated with All India Power Engineers Federation.

He writes regularly on power sector policies in English, Hindi and Regional language publication, besides speaking his mind at several public podiums on sensitive issues related to power tariff design and the evolving regulatory regime. He is one of few Engineers who were given Charge of Chairman of Regulatory Commission.

Shri M. Chandraseka
Shri M. Chandrasekar
Chairperson, TNERC

Shri M. Chandrasekar Chandrasekar is an Engineering (Hons) Graduate in Electrical and Electronics from 1983 batch of PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore of Tamil Nadu. He joined Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Ltd. (TANGEDCO- formerly known as Tamil Nadu Electricity Board) in 1985. He has more than 34 years of wide-ranging experience in TANGEDCO with distinguished academic career. He was Director (Generation) when he laid down his office in TANGEDCO in 2019 on account of superannuation.

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He took over the charge as Chairman / TNERC on 16.08.2019

He has extensive experience in all spheres of the power sector that includes metering, protection, planning, execution of reforms schemes, energy accounting / auditing, solar projects, etc. He has been the State level Nodal Officer of Disaster Management and played key role in timely restoration of power during major cyclones in the past.

He was the Nodal Officer for computerisation of the billing, on-line application process, energy accounting, AT&C loss computation, etc.,

He has taken vide range of measures to cut the cost of production of Thermal Power and improve the efficiency of Thermal Plants during his tenure as Director (Generation) in TANGEDCO.

Sriranga Rao
Shri T. Sriranga Rao,
Chairperson, TSERC

Shri Thannir Sriranga Rao assumed office as Chairman of Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission (TSERC) on 30.10.2019 FN.
Sri Thannir Sriranga Rao, Chairman TSERC was born on 06.08.1962 and hails from Pothgal Village, Mustabad Mandal, Sircilla District. He is an alumni of Osmania University Hyderabad and completed Master of Arts after completing L.L.B and enrolled himself as an Advocate with Bar Council of the then Andhra Pradesh.

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Before joining as Chairman, TSERC he has more than three decades of experiences as a legal practitioner. As Convenor of Telangana Advocates Joint Action Committee he filed many public interest litigations resulting in saving thousands of crores to the eq-chequer of the State. With his deep insight and acumen he led the Telangana Movement in various capacities.
As Chairman, he has made the TSERC an active Commission by taking up the regulatory work to new heights and ensuring that all the stakeholders perform their functions under the Electricity Act, 2003. In this process the core function of the Commission i.e. tariff determination and in all forms be it retail supply, transmission, distribution or trading have been ensured to be completed in a timely manner including the necessary true up exercise that is required to be performed by the Commission, ultimately resulting in not burdening the end consumer.
The tariff orders thus passed by the Commission in timely manner have become trend setter by gaining accolades across the spectrum of society.
As Chairman, TSERC he has innovatively taken an initiative to hold interaction sessions in various districts across the state bringing together the officials of the licensees, stakeholders and consumer organisations thereby creating a platform for understanding the consumers issues and resolving a few of them instantly. The sessions were helpful to bring awareness among the consumers about the uses of power supply, hazards of misuse, and rights of the consumers as per the Standards of Performance (SoP) notified by the Commission. In addition, the Commission under the leadership has ensured that the SoP is made available in local language of Telugu for the benefit of the consumers and it has its salutary effect.
It is a privilege that in the regime of Sri T. Sriranga Rao, Chairman, that TSERC is constructing its own, new and one of its kind Green Office Building.


Hony. Members
Naresh Sardana
Shri Naresh Sardana
Member, HPERC

Shri Naresh Sardana assumed the charge as Member in the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission on 29.05.2019. He was administrated the oath by Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Manohar Lal on 29.05.2019. Prior to this, Shri Naresh Sardana was working as Director Technical in Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam and superannuated on 30.04.2018. He was re-appointed as Director Technical and continued up to 29.05.2019 Shri Sardana has served in various capacities in erstwhile HSEB/UHBVN for more than 34 years and has rich and varied experience in Generation, Transmission, Distribution, system operation and power purchase.

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Shri Sardana did his graduation in Electrical Engineering in 1982 from Regional Engineering College (now NIT) Kurukshetra and did his MBA with specialization in Operations, Research and Material Management in 1984 from MD University Rohtak. He began his career with Haryana State Electricity Board and Joined on 1st July 1984. As Director Technical he was responsible for Techno-economic evaluation of projects, modernization of schemes, Optimization of distribution networks, regulatory, legal, and financial matters including implementation of reforms schemes of Government of India for development of power sector such as RAPDRP, RGGVY, IPDS, DDUGJY etc. He played a key role in the effective implementation of the Mhara Gaon Jugmug Gaon Scheme and UDAY (Ujjwal DISCOMS Assurance Yojna) due to which there was a turnaround of UHBVN in 2017-18, much ahead of the target date.

Jiban Krishna Sen
Shri Jiban Krishna Sen, Member, TERC

Shri Jiban Krishna Sen joined on 08-08-2019 in Tripura Electricity Regulatory Commission as Hon’ble Member. He completed B.A. with Honours in 1990. He also Completed LLB degree. He has 20 years of working experience as Advocate. He was the Secretary of Tripura Bar Association. He was also Vice President, Assistant Secretary of Tripura Bar Association. He was also a Member of Tripura Bar Association and Tripura High Court Bar Association. He was also panel Lawyer of General Insurance Company Limited before joining this Commission.


Mr. Pulak Kumar Tewari, Member, WBERC

  

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Sudhaker Shukla
Mr. Sudhakar Shukla, Member, IBBI

Shri Sudhaker Shukla took charge as Whole Time Member, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India on 14th November, 2019.
Mr. Shukla has done his post-graduations in Economics and Public Administration and M.Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University and also from Birmingham University on Public Economic Management. He is recipient of Order of Merit from Birmingham Chamber of Commerce for being the topper of the batch.

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Mr. Shukla served as a member of the Indian Economic Service for over 34 years in various capacities across Ministries and Departments of the Government of India. His last assignment was as Chief Economic Adviser in the Ministry of Rural Development. Earlier, he served as Adviser in African Development Bank Tunis, representing India, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. He has also worked in the Ministry of Finance dealing with matters pertaining to the WTO, trade, African Development Bank and infrastructure projects of World Bank. His domain of specialisation are Energy, Infrastructure and Trade.
He had wide experience in dealing with various regulations. Apart from being involved in rolling out key PPP module under Electricity Act 2003, he was entrusted with responsibilities of drafting Mines and Minerals Regulation and Development Amendment Act, 2015 to promote fair and transparent regimes in distribution of natural resources through auctions. He was also designated as Appellate Authority of Mines Tribunal under MMDR Act by Ministry of Mines.
He is currently looking after Regulation Wing comprising Corporate Insolvency, Corporate Liquidation (including Voluntary Liquidation), Individual Insolvency and Individual Bankruptcy, Data Management & Dissemination.

Gajendra Singh
Mr. Gajendra Singh, Member, PNGRB

Shri Gajendra Singh joined as Member, PNGRB on 9th August 2021. Prior to this he was Director (Marketing) at GAIL (India) Limited, India’s national and largest natural gas company. He had joined GAIL in 1986, after starting his career with ONGC, when the Indian gas sector was in its nascent stage. Since then, he has played an important role towards the development of gas market and infrastructure in India.

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Mr. Singh has served in various leadership & strategic positions in entire gas value chain from exploration & production, operation & maintenance of pipelines and gas process plants, to gas sourcing & marketing in GAIL. As Director (Marketing), GAIL, he speared and strengthened GAIL’s natural gas, petrochemicals, CGD and liquid hydrocarbon businesses. He was also Member of Empowered Gas Pool Committee of Govt. of India for fertiliser sector and was instrumental in ensuring reliable gas supplies to support Govt’s initiative in improving agricultural produce. He has been the Chairman of Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL), Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited (MNGL), Bengal Gas Company Limited (BGCL), and Director in Gail Gas Limited, which are major CGD companies in India. He was also the Chairman of Gail Global Singapore Pvt. Limited. (GGSPL), the international trading arm of GAIL.
Mr. Singh, under took the transition from a near monopolistic situation to making GAIL a preferred gas supplier by embracing a marketing approach and creating a multi asset-based portfolio. He has been successful in driving various initiatives to promote gas industry and has pioneered development of city gas projects in various cities which paved way for growth in India’s retail gas market, CNG and PNG.
Mr. Singh has credit to several first in India, and for GAIL, like having marketed the 1st spot LNG cargo to Indian customers, undertaking destination and time swaps for LNG cost and operation optimisation, international LNG marketing for Multi Million Tonnes per annum and initialisation and commencement of GAIL’s LNG shipping business. He has been a fervent supporter of equitable and fair play for gas companies, and in his stint as Director (Marketing), started for the first time in India, the online system for booking pipeline capacity under open access, which has been well appreciated by the industry for its transparency and ease of doing business.
He has represented Indian gas sector at National and International platforms and is well known for developing excellent relationships with policy makers to promote clean energy.
Gajendra Singh did his schooling from Mussoorie and is a Post Graduate in Electronics from Dehradun.

Manohar Raju
Mr. M.D. Manohar Raju, Member, TSERC

Shri M.D. Manohar Raju assumed charge as Member (Technical) of Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission on 30th October, 2019. Prior to this appointment, he retired on superannuation as Chief General Manager (Commercial) of Southern Power Distribution Company of Telangana Limited (TSSPDCL), a distribution utility of Telangana state.

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He did B.Tech in ‘Electrical & Electronics Engineering’ in 1983 from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU). He also holds Master’s Degrees in Engineering with specialization in ‘Electrical Power Systems’ and Business Administration with specialization in ‘Human Resources’ from Osmania University.
He has overall experience of 33 years in the Power Sector. He started his career as Assistant Engineer in Electricity Board (erstwhile APSEB), elevated to the level of Chief General Manager and also worked as Commission Secretary on deputation for about three years. He headed the functional departments of Commercial, Projects, Investment Promotion and Regulatory Affairs of TSSPDCL. Before joining the Electricity Board, as Lecturer he taught in Vasavi College of Engineering, Hyderabad.

Bandaru Krishnaiah
Mr. Bandaru Krishnaiah, Member, TSERC

Shri Bandaru Krishnaiah assumed charge as Member (Finance) of Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission on 30th October, 2019. He hails from Kalimera Village, Nalgonda District, Telangana State. Prior to this appointment, he retired from Telangana State Financial Corporation as Assistant General Manager (Projects) on attaining age of superannuation.

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He did his Master’s Degree in Business Administration with specialisation in Finance and Marketing in 1985 from CSIBER, Kolhapur after pursuing B.Com (Hons) in 1983 from IIMC, Hyderabad.
He has overall experience of 32 years in Industrial Finance, projects evaluation and monitoring.
During the tenure of his service in the united APSFC, to his credentials he has achieved Best Employee Award for four consecutive years from 2000-2004. He has headed different Branches of the Corporation and put his best efforts to elevate the Branches to “A” category.
Considering his credentials, management has extended his services for one year as Head of the Projects Department. Finally he had retired as Head of the Projects Department of Telangana State Financial Corporation and handled Power, Steel, Chemical, Textile, Pharma, Food, Agro and Infrastructure projects etc. During his tenure as head of the projects department, he has achieved all time record of sanction portfolio.

Mohd_Rafi_Andrabi
Shri Rafi Andrabi, Member, JERC for UTs of J&K and Ladakh

Sh. Mohammad Rafi Andrabi took over as Member Finance in Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission J&K and Ladakh on 28th August 2020. He is a certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers Mumbai and has vast experience of over 38 years in areas related to Finance and Banking. He has worked in State Bank of India and Punjab and Sind Bank with aggregate experience of over 17 years in banking. He has served in various capacities in the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir and has remained associated with budget preparation of the erstwhile state for a number of years.

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He has served as Director Budget and Director (Codes) in the Finance Department of the erstwhile state from 2009 to 2019. He has worked in different departments in the state including J&K Fund organisation, Public Works Department, General Administration Department, Health and Medical Education Department, Rural Development Department.


Hony. Secretary
Mr. Arun Goyal
Shri Arun Goyal
Member, CERC

Shri Arun Goyal, a 1985 batch Indian Administrative Service officer of the Union Territories Cadre, is former Secretary to Government of India. He superannuated in August 2019 from the Cabinet Secretariat as Secretary (Coordination). He has more than 34 years of wide ranging experience with Government of India, State Governments and Union Territory Administrations particularly in areas of power, finance, commerce and industry.

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He is passionate about reforms, institution building and bringing about systemic changes in the organizations. He has been part of major reforms and transitions in India including rolling out & subsequent implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST); setting up of Financial Intelligence Unit & Anti- Money Laundering regime and India’s transition from GATT to WTO.

He has extensive experience in all spheres of power Sector with three tenures in Delhi’s Power Sector during different stages of its transformation and has held various positions including Principal Secretary (Power); CMD, Delhi Transco Ltd.; CMD, Delhi Power Company Ltd.; Chairman, Indraprastha Power Generation Co. Ltd.; Chairman, Pragati Power Corporation Ltd. and Additional General Manager (Administration) of erstwhile Delhi Electric Supply Undertaking. He played a major role in carrying forward and stabilizing historic power reforms of Delhi resulting in unbundling of Delhi Vidyut Board and privatization of distribution. He effectively handled major power crisis in Delhi arising out of devastating thunderstorm on 30th May 2014 and preparing comprehensive investment plan for upgrading Delhi’s power transmission system. As Principal Secretary (Power), Govt. of Goa, he finalized and signed ‘24X7 Power for All’ MoU between Govt. of India and Govt. of Goa.

As head of Project Monitoring Group in the Cabinet Secretariat for more than three and a half years, he played key role in resolving variety of issues for expeditious implementation of many mega and stalled infrastructure projects including many power transmission and generation projects.

He has more than 9 years’ experience in various facets of Finance in Government of India and has held positions of Special Secretary, GST Council; Minister (Economic & Commercial), Embassy of India, Tokyo; and Director, Financial Intelligence Unit-India. He was also Secretary (Finance) in Andaman & Nicobar Administration for about two years.

Shri Arun Goyal has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Delhi College of Engineering; an MBA (PGDM) from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad; MA (Economics) from HP University and MSc (Development Management) from Glasgow Caledonian University, UK.


Hony. Treasurer
Mr. Ramesh Babu
Shri Ramesh Babu Veeravalli
Member, CERC

Shri Ramesh Babu V, is Member in CERC since May, 2024 and prior to the present assignment, he has served as Director (Operations) in NTPC from May, 2020 to Jan, 2024. A Mechanical Engineering graduate from NIT Srinagar and Masters in Thermal engineering from IIT Delhi, he has joined NTPC as Executive Trainee in 1987. He has over 37 years of vast experience with outstanding contribution in management of large size plants in the area of power plant Operation & Maintenance, Renovation & Modernization of old units and in area of efficiency and systems improvement of thermal plants. He, as a Professional Manager and Strategic Planner has led several initiatives for improving reliability and efficiency of Plants.

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Shri Ramesh Babu‘s experience in power sector includes Senior Management level exposure as a “Business Unit Head” of power stations and also as ED to CMD where he worked on system improvement activities and strategies related to operational excellence of NTPC power plants.

Shri Ramesh Babu was also Part time Chairman on the Board of NTPC Tamil Nadu Energy Company Ltd. (NTECL), Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam Ltd. (KBUNL), Bhartiya Rail Bijli Corporation Limited (BRBCL) and Nabinagar Power Generation Company Limited (NPGCL). He was also holding Part time Chairman on the Board of Meja Urja Nigam Private Limited (MUNPL). He was permanent Invitee on the Board of Northern Coalfields Limited & Member of Central Pollution Control Board.

As Director (Operations), NTPC, he was responsible for overall planning for Safe, Reliable, Sustainable and Efficient operation of all power generating stations of NTPC group Portfolio, while ensuring fuel security, safety & environmental compliance of all Power Stations.

Shri Ramesh Babu was awarded with Technology Transfer Award for his work in Flexible Operations by EPRI.