The hot Indian summers have often been a difficult time for power sector mandarins as the stress rises in the system to balance surging demand with supply. Nowhere is this more evident than at the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC). The electricity regulator’s chief Jishnu Barua has just received a strongly-worded note dated May 8 from the power ministry asking the Commission to take government approval before making any regulations public.
Barua has been in the job for just over two months (he joined in March this year). He arrived after the CERC had been without a chairman for eight months, when the last incumbent, P K Pujari’s term, ended in June last year. Barua was chief secretary of Assam holding additional charge as chairman of Assam Power Distribution Company.
All told, Barua appears to have attracted the ministry’s displeasure in a remarkably short time. Power minister R K S
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