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Race for UPERC chief’s post hots up

5 of the 38 applicants are IAS including Devendra Chaudhary.

lucknow Updated: Jan 18, 2018 16:35 IST
Brajendra K Parashar
Brajendra K Parashar
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPERC,Devendra Chaudhary,UP Electricity Regulatory Commission
The selection committee is expected to pick the most suitable candidate next month. (Representative image)

Lobbying for the vacant post of the UP Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) chairman has intensified as the selection committee is expected to pick the most suitable candidate next month.

IAS OFFICERS IN THE RACE
  • Alok Ranjan, Devendra Chaudhary, Raja Pratap Singh, Ravindra Singh, Balvinder Kumar, Rajiv Kapoor, Ajay Kumar Bishnoi, Shankar Agrawal, Biresh Kumar, RM Srivastava, Om Narayan Singh, Vipin Dwivedi Nikhil Chandra Shukla, Aradhana Johri and Ravindra Kumar Srivastava (Jharkhand).

The entry of over a dozen retired and serving IAS officers in the ring has made the race interesting with many of them trying to use their political and social connections to help them bag the post.

The post has been lying vacant since the then chairman Desh Deepak Verma, a 1978 batch UP cadre IAS officer (retired), was appointed the secretary-general of the Rajya Sabha in September last year.

The list of applicants shows that at least 15 of 38 candidates who have applied for the quasi-judicial position are serving or retired bureaucrats.

A former chief secretary, a former principal secretary to the CM, a former additional cabinet secretary and a former as well as the serving agricultural production commissioner are among the top contenders for the post.

Other candidates include an IAS officer from Jharkhand cadre and technocrats representing various organisations including the NTPC, CEA, and UPPCL.

DEVENDRA CHAUDHARY A COTENDER TOO

The return of Devendra Chaudhary, a 1981 batch IAS officer, from central deputation has given rise to speculations that he is among strong contenders for the post.

Enjoying the experience of working in the power sector as joint secretary at the Centre, he, as per the records, applied for the post on November 6, 2017.

Posted as secretary, animal husbandry, in the central government Chaudhary returned to his parent cadre Uttar Pradesh two days back.

Since chief secretary Rajive Kumar is also from 1981 batch, his repatriation midway has set the rumour mills spinning.

Sources in the appointment department, however, said speculations held no water. “Chaudhary has returned to UP on his own request rather than the state government requesting the Centre to relieve him,” officials said.

“He is due to retire in May this year and probably wants to settle down in Lucknow and hence he must have sought premature repatriation,” they added.

As many as four IAS officers have also applied for the vacant post of member, UPERC. More than 70 candidates, mostly technocrats from the UPERC and discoms, are also vying for the post of member.

The selection committee, headed by former high court judge and law commission chairman AN Mittal, may meet next month to finalise names for both the posts.

The post of UPERC chairman is a secure job that comes with the tenure of five years or till the candidate attains 65 years of age, whichever is earlier.

First Published: Jan 18, 2018 16:35 IST