New Delhi: Former Chief Secretary of Assam Jishnu Barua (Retd. IAS) has been appointed as new Chairperson of Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), key regulator of power sector in India. His appointment to the post will come effect from his assumption of the charge of the post. According to an order issued form the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) on February 24, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Barua as Chairperson of CERC.
Barua will succeed PK Pujari, whose extended tenure in the Commission got over in June 2022. The CERC was without a chief for nearly eight months.
Barua is a 1988-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre. He was retired as Chief Secretary of Assam in August 2022. Prior to his appointment as the State’s Chief secretary, he had worked in various capacities in the Assam and the Central Governments.
The CERC is a statutory body of the Central Government. It is responsible for regulating and determining tariffs for inter-state transmission of electricity, issuing licences to persons to function as transmission licensee and electricity trader with respect to their inter-state operations.
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