The Punjab government has given two-year extension to KD Chaudhari, the chairman-cum-managing director of Punjab State Power Corporation (PSPCL). The decision was taken on Saturday night by Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal on a proposal moved by deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal, who heads the power department.
Chaudhari’s term was to end on February 8, 2017, the day he turns 65, which now has been extended till February 8, 2019. A notification to put a formal stamp on the decision will be issued soon. Confirming the decision, Chaudhari said the government wanted him to continue and he will abide by the decision.
Chaudhari joined the post on June 3, 2010. Though his stay at the post depends on which party forms the next government, if he completes the term, his will be the second longest tenure as CMD after NS Vasant, who was head of the erstwhile Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) for over 10 years. Chaudhari is the first CMD of PSPCL.
Counting the achievements during his tenure, Chaudhari said, state became power surplus, transmission and distribution losses came down to 15%, power meters of 90% consumers were shifted out of the premises and distribution system was refurbished to match outflow of power.
This is Chaudhari’s fourth extension since he joined as the CMD in 2010.
Chaudhari’s critics in the PSEB engineers’ association termed the extension as violation of the tripartite agreement. “The government has violated the agreement done with employees and engineers as per which the corporation was supposed to consult all the stakeholders at time of increasing the age limit of the officials on the top,” Baldev Singh Sra, president of the association told HT.