Top posts in key power sector bodies vacant
Top posts in key organisations of the power sector, which play an important role in decisions related to power tariff and distribution of water and power among the north Indian states, are lying vacant. And there are no signs of these posts being filled in the near future.chandigarh Updated: Jan 03, 2015 15:24 IST
Top posts in key organisations of the power sector, which play an important role in decisions related to power tariff and distribution of water and power among the north Indian states, are lying vacant. And there are no signs of these posts being filled in the near future.
Two posts of members, power and irrigation, Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB), fell vacant in September last year, and a post of member in the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) went vacant in December last year.
The BBMB plays a key role in deciding distribution of power and water from the Bhakra dam projects to Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan, while the PSERC decides power tariff for all consumer sections in Punjab and also resolves disputes in the power sector.
The Union ministry of power appoints the member, power, from Punjab-cadre engineers and member, irrigation, from Haryana engineers after a panel is sent by the respective states.
Punjab had sent the names of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) top engineers Damanjit Singh, VK Kalra and SK Garg, but the panel was rejected, reportedly at the behest of the top BBMB management.
“As per rules, the post of member, power, in the BBMB is chosen from a panel sent by Punjab, but since it was rejected, the state government has sent the same panel again, asking the Centre to choose the most suitable candidate,” Punjab power principal secretary Anirudh Tiwari told HT. He said Punjab had sent the panel of most competent and best engineers.
Similarly, filling of the post of member, irrigation, is being delayed. “A panel of three chief engineers was sent, but it was sent back; again, a panel was sent in October last year. We are awaiting the Centre’s decision,” said Haryana irrigation department engineer-in-chief VK Jain.
BBMB chairman AB Agrawal, in the past, had said that these posts had an advisory role and the BBMB was functioning smoothly even in their absence.
However, a top BBMB official said, “The BBMB may claim that incumbents on these posts have an advisory role, but it is not true as all important decisions are to be taken by the board, which also comprises these two members.”
He said, “Unless the quorum is completed, how can the BBMB take decisions,” suggesting that the procedure to fill posts should begin in advance.