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Manipur & Mizoram JERC: Rengthanvela Thanga takes oath of office

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New Delhi: Rengthanvela Thanga has taken the oath of office as a Member of the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for Manipur & Mizoram. Union Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy RK Singh has administered the Oath of Office and Secrecy to Thanga as a Member of JERC for Manipur and Mizoram. The oath ceremony was conducted on Wednesday.

In accordance with the provisions in the MoA and the relevant provisions of the Electricity Act 2003, Thanga has been appointed as a Member from the Manipur side for a period of five years or till the age of 65 years whichever is earlier.

Born on June 20, 1960, Thanga holds B Com and LLB degrees. He held the post of District and Session Judge from April 2014 to June 2020 and superannuated from the said post on June 30, 2020. Prior to this, he was on the post of Registrar in the High Court of Guwahati from 1999 to 2014.

The Central Government constituted Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for Manipur and Mizoram in pursuance of provisions of the Electricity Act, 2003 and the memorandum of agreement (MoA) signed by the State Governments of Manipur and Mizoram, authorizing the Government of India to constitute a JERC on their behalf.  It is a two-member Commission, each Member representing the respective participating state. The Central Government appoints Members of the Commission from Manipur and Mizoram under the provisions of the Act and in pursuance of MoA.

The major functions of the commission under the Act, inter-alia, are to regulate the tariff for generation, supply, transmission and wheeling of electricity, wholesale, bulk or retail as the case may be within the state; to regulate the electricity purchase of distribution licensees, facilitate intra-state transmission and wheeling of electricity; issue licenses to transmission licensees, distribution licensees and electricity traders; promote cogeneration and generation of electricity from renewable sources of energy and adjudicate upon the disputes between the licensees and generating companies, etc.

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