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*[ STATUS AS ON : 30TH SEPTEMBER, 2022 ]*

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
Ashok Kumar Gupta
Shri Ashok Kumar Gupta
Chairperson, CCI

Shri Ashok Kumar Gupta, a 1981 Batch IAS officer, joined the Competition Commission of India as Chairperson in November, 2018. He has more than 36 years of wide ranging experience with Government of India and with Government of Tamil Nadu. His last posting in Govt. of India before joining the Commission was as Secretary to GOI in the Department of Defence Production.He was responsible for matters such as Industrial Licencing, FDI Policy, Export Procedure. Previously, he held several positions in Ministries of Defence, Health, Heavy Industries, Shipping, MSME, Commerce & Industry.

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While posted as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Health, he was dealing with matters relating to International Cooperation, Hospitals, National Cancer Control Programme. He was instrumental in formulating several Govt. policies such as Automobile Policy, Prime Minister’s Rojgar Yojana, ‘Make’ Procedure in defence procurement and establishing Vardhman Mahavir Medical College, Delhi.

He has extensive experience in Industry, has headed and turned around State Public Sector Units and served on the Boards of Central and State PSUs such as Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., Heavy Engineering Corporation, Tamil Nadu Cements and many others. A gold medalist in Mechanical Engineering from Delhi University, he also holds a Post-Graduate degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University (USA) and an M.Phil. degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from Madras University.


Hony. Vice-Chairman
Balwinder Singh Bhullar
Shri Balwinder Singh Bhullar
Chairperson, AERA

Shri Balwinder Singh Bhullar took over as Chairperson, Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India on 8 th July, 2019.
Shri Bhullar hails from Amritsar, Punjab and has a distinguished academic career. After completing B.Sc (Hons) and M.Sc. in Agricultural Sciences, he joined the Indian Administrative Services in 1986 in Uttar Pradesh Cadre.

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As an IAS officer in the Government of Uttar Pradesh and in the Government of India, Shri Bhullar handled several important positions ranging from Administration, Industry, Finance, Power, Urban Development, Transport, Civil Aviation, etc. In the Govt. of Uttar Pradesh, he worked as District Magistrate, Ghaziabad & Kanpur; Municipal Commissioner, Varanasi; Joint Managing Director in UP Financial Corporation; Secretary, Irrigation & Water Resources; Principle Secretary, in Departments of Transport, Finance; as Member of 4 th UP State Finance Commission, etc. In the Govt. of India, he worked as Joint Secretary to 13 th Central Finance Commission; Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Deptt. of Expenditure; as Joint Secretary and Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation and finally as Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) before superannuating from the Government Service in May, 2019.

Dr. P.D. Vaghela
Dr. P.D. Vaghela
Chairperson, TRAI

Dr. P.D. Vaghela joined as Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on 1st October, 2020. Prior to joining TRAI, Dr.Vaghela was Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers. Dr.Vaghela had graduated in Commerce in the year 1982. He did his M.B.A (Master of Business Administration) with specialization in Financial Management in 1984 and also obtained M.A in Development Studies (Public Policy & Management) from the Institute of Social Studies, the Hague in the Netherlands in the year 2005. He was decorated with a Doctorate in the year 2013 in Public Management and Policy by Sardar Patel University, Anand, Gujarat.

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He joined Indian Administrative Service [IAS] in 1986. He has held various assignments starting from District level to State level, during which he had won a number of awards for excellence as best Collector & District Magistrate & District Development Officer. In his assignment as Chairman, Kandla Port (2008-2013), the port was awarded as the best port for five years of his tenure. He worked as Chief Commissioner of Sales Tax, in Gujarat, during which period he has played a major role in drafting GST law, its rules and fixing GST rates of goods and services as Convener of national level GST Law and GST Fitment Committees. He was closely involved in the GST implementation at national level as a key member of GST Implementation Committee.

As Secretary Pharmaceuticals, he has launched four ambitious schemes to transform the sector. He also worked as Convenor of Empowered Group 3 (now EG2) which handled availability of critical medical supplies like PPE, N-95, Ventilators and testing kits. Today India is exporting these items for which India was otherwise dependent on imports during pre-covid time.

In May, 2018 Dr. Vaghela was honoured by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India for excellence in Public Administration while appreciating his contribution in implementation of GST in India.

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.


Chairperson, CERC

  

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Shri Rajesh Bhushan,
Chairperson, FSSAI
Shri Raj Pratap Singh
Shri Raj Pratap Singh,
Chairperson, UPERC

Shri Raj Pratap Singh is the Chairman of U.P. Electricity Regulatory Commission.He is a Post Graduate in Electrical Engineering from IIT, New Delhi. Shri Raj Pratap Singh Joined Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in Aug. 1983 (Uttar Pradesh Cadre). Shri Singh has dealt with policy formulation, budgeting, implementation, monitoring & coordination, personnel management,and service delivery aspects of Public Administration at the State Govt. (24 years) &Central Govt. (8 years) levels in India. In addition, Shri Singh has worked as Sr. Advisor for 3 years in a Multilateral Development Institution (World Bank) at the Board level at Washington DC.

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At the highest levels of decision making, Shri Singh has been responsible for converting Governments/Institution's mandate into viable Policies/Programs & Projects with effective delivery mechanism.

He has been worked at highest levels inGovernment Departments, Autonomous bodies, Public Sector Undertakings for developmental, regulatory and resource mobilization functions. In these assignments, Shri Singh has effectively brought transparency & good governance in decision-making and execution, prudent financial management and anti-corruption measures.

Shri Raj Pratap Singh in his illustrious career has held various important assignments including Agriculture Production Commissioner & Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh, Member - Board of Revenue, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Sr. Advisor - The World Bank, Joint Secretary/Private Secretary to Prime Minister of India, Secretary – U.P Electricity Regulatory Commission etc.

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.


Chairperson, PNGRB

  

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Chairperson, TAMP

  

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Hony. Members
MUKUL_DHARIWAL
Shri Mukul Dhariwal
Member, MPERC

Appointed Member in Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (MPERC) in January 2018. Having more than 41 years’ experience in the power sector with main expertisein distribution sector. Having qualification of B.E. (Electrical) & MBA (Finance). Joined Madhya Pradesh Electricity Board in 1979 as an Assistant Engineer. Elevated to the Level of Executive Director in reorganized M.P. Power Management Company Ltd. Resigned in January 2018 on appointment as a Member in Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission. Earlier from the year 2001 to 2017 worked in Energy Department, Government of Madhya Pradesh on deputation and hold posts of Deputy Secretary & Additional Secretary, respectively. Associated with the power sector reforms related matters and co-ordination with the six State power companies. Was also Government nominee Director in all three State Discoms from the year 2011 to 2017.

Shri I.M.Bohari
Shri I.M.Bohari,
Member, MERC

Shri I M Bohari, BA, LL.B. Started Advocacy in June, 1985 at Shahada. Joined judiciary on 16th August, 1990. Retired as The Principal Judge, Family Court, Nagpur on 31st May, 2018. Sworn in as the Member of the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) on 6th June, 2018.

Dr. Sangeeta Verma
Dr. (Mrs.) Sangeeta Verma,
Member, CCI

Dr. (Mrs.) Sangeeta Verma joined the Competition Commission of India as Member on 24th December, 2018.
Dr. Verma is from the 1981 batch of the Indian Economic Service (IES). She has wide-ranging experience of over three decades in government, both central and state, as an economist, administrator, regulator, and policymaker, and has served the government in several sectors of the economy, including consumer affairs, industry, agriculture, power, and women and child development.

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Dr. Verma superannuated as Principal Adviser to the Government of India in the Department of Consumer Affairs, where she was responsible for the administration of the Essential Commodities Act and the Consumer Protection Act, as well as for advising the government on various consumer protection interventions. She oversaw the introduction and successful implementation of the Price Stabilisation Fund — a complex scheme for the timely purchase and disbursal of pulses, which benefitted consumers by moderating pulse prices. It also benefitted farmers through assured procurement at government-declared prices. As Principal Adviser in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (now DPIIT), Government of India, she advised on trade and fiscal policy. In the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, she oversaw national crop production estimates and advised on policy relating to the pricing of agricultural produce (MSP). In the power sector, Dr. Verma served as Secretary, U. P. State Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC), and Economic Adviser with the Central Electricity Authority, Ministry of Power. During her term as Secretary, the UPERC made several regulations bringing reforms to the state electricity sector. It also finalised the licencing and tariff regulations for all licensees. Dr. Verma also served as Member of the Appellate Authority for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction, which adjudicated on appeals against orders of the erstwhile Board for Industrial Financial Reconstruction (BIFR).

Dr. Verma graduated in Economics (Hons.) from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University. She has an M. A. in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics. She also has a Master’s degree in Rural Social Development from the University of Reading (UK). She obtained a PhD in Economics from Lucknow University.

Shri M.D. Ravi
Shri M.D. Ravi, Member, KERC

Shri, M. D. Ravi, joined the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) as a Member on 13th March, 2019 after serving for more than 34 years in the Power sector including about 9 years of service in the Energy Department, Government of Karnataka. He acquired the Post-Graduation in Commerce from Bangalore University and initially started his career as Lecturer in a College and later on joined the then Karnataka Electricity Board (KEB) in May, 1985 as Probationary Assistant Accounts Officer and worked in various capacities for about 9 years in Energy Department, GoK.

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During his service, he has worked in Finance, Revenue, Tariff, and Accounts and worked in the Regulatory Wing of Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd. (KPTCL-Corporate Office) from January, 2000 and served for about seven years mainly focusing on Regulatory matters like drafting Tariff Filings, preparing draft regulations, interacting with State Commission for getting its approval on various issues/subjects apart from handling CERC matters. Since the inception of the Regulatory Framework in the State, worked in the regulatory wing.
From 2010 and onwards worked in Energy Department, GoK, handling various issues such as preparation of Annual Budget Estimates for the power sector, drafting Annual Plan of Power Sector, implementation of approved Budget programmes, and monitoring of release of Budget Funds. Also worked as Nodal Officer for implementation of Financial Restructuring Plan (RFP), and also State Nodal Officer for monitoring implementation of Ujwal Discoms Assurance Yojana (UDAY) in the State. During that period, visited various other Regulatory Commissions along with a team of officers.
On promotion as Financial Adviser in 2016, he continued to serve in Energy Department, GoK, during which time the State Government appointed him as Director (Finance) ED, GoK, and also as Director on the Board of Mangalore Electricity Supply Company Ltd. (MESCOM Ltd), and worked in that capacity till retirement in March 2019.

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.


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Hony. Secretary
Indu Shekhar Jha
Shri Indu Shekhar Jha
Member, CERC

Shri I.S. Jha is Member, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission since January, 2019. Prior to his present assignment, he successfully served as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of state-run transmission utility, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd., since 2015.

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An Electrical Engineer from NIT Jamshedpur, he is a well-known Power Sector professional having more than 38 years of rich and varied work experience in all the facets of the Power Sector i.e. Generation, Transmission, System Operation, Distribution including the last mile connectivity to consumers and Regulatory aspects. He began his professional career in 1981 in NTPC and joined POWERGRID in 1991. Subsequently in Jan’19 he joined CERC as Member. While working at various projects and Corporate Office of NTPC and POWERGRID, he was involved in conceptualization, planning, design, engineering, monitoring and implementation of projects of National importance. A champion of environment friendly development, Shri Jha ensured on- schedule commissioning of transmission infrastructure and has now set a frenetic pace for grid development bringing efficiency into the sector.

He has spearheaded development of robust National grid in the country integrated with State-of-the-Art technologies as well as Green Energy Corridors for integration of renewables. With extensive experience in the transmission sector, Shri Jha played a key role in the conceptualisation and implementation of National Grid, Cross-border interconnections with neighbouring countries, setting up long distance multi-terminal HVDC transmission system i.e, 800kV 6000MW Biswanath Chariyali- Agra HVDC system, first of its kind in the world. Planning and commissioning of one of the largest high capacity HVDC bipole Champa-Kurushetra in early 2016, increasing the available transfer capability significantly between Northern & Western region as well as North East West (NEW) region grid and Southern Region enabling development of vibrant electricity market are some of his recent benchmark contributions to the Indian power sector. In addition, he played a key role in deployment of Smart grid Technology in Indian power System including Synchrophasor measurement, Battery Energy Storage System, Advanced Metering Infrastructure, and other emerging technologies. Under his leadership, Varanasi Smart Grid project was implemented that was inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India.

Project management in power transmission involves various challenges such as Right of Way (RoW) issues, getting timely environmental clearances, timely contract award, milestones monitoring and filing of petitions before the regulator. Shri I S Jha has achieved unprecedented success in managing above challenges. Under his leadership, POWERGRID has acted as an enabler of power markets for providing affordable options to DISCOMs.

He is an active proponent of emerging technology & other cutting-edge initiatives and steered development of new technologies towards indigenisation as part of “Make in India” effort, like development of 1200 kV AC technology, highest transmission voltage in the world, through collaboration with Indian manufacturers, 765kV level transformer and reactor, 400kV Gas Insulated Switchgear(GIS), integrating FACTS technology like SVC, STATCOM, FSC+TCSC into the Indian power system to bring efficiency. He also played a key role in deployment of VSC based HVDC Technology in India. He also led the team of Distribution management system for design & implementation of accorded projects to POWERGRID under APDRP scheme as well as Rural electrification works under RGGVY scheme.

Shri Jha has been a driving force in conceptualizing integration of renewable generation in the grid by implementing Green energy Corridors covering comprehensive Intra & Inter State Transmission Schemes, dynamic reactive compensation in the form of State- of-the-Art STATCOM, establishment of Renewable Energy Management Centre (REMC), that would play a key role in achieving target of 175 GW of renewable generation towards clean development. He also steered implementation of 24x7 power for all programmes in various States through implementation of distribution modernisation schemes, last mile connectivity etc. He involved in formulation of Standards, regulations on open access as well as policy advocacy for overall development of power sector. During the course of his professional journey, he has also been involved in formulation of key regulations related to Power sector such as Indian Electricity Grid code, Open Access in ISTS, Grant of Connectivity, Long-term Access and Medium-term Open Access in inter-State Transmission, Sharing of Inter State Transmission charges & losses etc.

Towards R&D, a number of initiatives were undertaken by him on new technology, which are first of its kind viz, 1200 KV UHVAC System, Wide area Monitoring System, Smart Grid, High Temperature Superconducting Cables, Process Bus Architecture Sub- station Automation System, etc. which would go a long way in development of an efficient and economical power system in the country

He is known for his technological prowess and people-centric leadership. He is member of Governing Body of CPRI, Bangalore and President, International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE) – India, member of apex Governing body i.e. Steering Committee of CIGRE - Paris and other professional bodies. He has published/ presented numerous articles, more than 50 technical papers in the field of power system in various international and National Journal/Conferences. He has also Co- authored two books namely, ‘Renewable Energy Technology’ and “Smart Grid Fundamental and Applications”. Shri Jha has also applied for patents for the technical innovations in the field of power system.


Hony. Treasurer
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.