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Profile

Updated as on 30/07/2014

FOIR is led by people with vast experience in the Power industry, technological competence in software development and an outstanding track record in project relevant. Their expertise extends to key areas such as Power, Finance, Administration and General Management.

Office Bearers of The Governing Body of FOIR

Hony. Chairman
Shri S. Krishnan, Chairperson, PNGRB
Shri S. Krishnan, Chairperson, PNGRB

Mr. S. Krishnan graduated in Chemical Engineering from the University of Madras in 1971. After working in Indian Organic Chemicals Tamil Nadu till 1974, he had a brief stint with Engineers India Limited, New Delhi. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1975 and was allocated to Uttar Pradesh. In U.P., he was District Collector at Etah and Sultanpur; other assignments include Joint Secretary Finance Department, Special Secretary in Chief Minister’s Office, Director U.P. Tourism and Additional C.E.O. of Greater NOIDA Industrial Development Authority.

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He took a mid career break in 1991-92, to pursue post graduate studies in London School of Economics and Political Science, U.K. After division of Uttar Pradesh, he worked as Principal Secretary, Industries and Labour and Principal Secretary, Irrigation and Power, Government of Uttarakhand.

In Central Government, Mr. Krishnan had been Director, Department of Mines, Director General Employment and Training, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Additional Secretary and Special Secretary in Ministry of Labour and Employment. He retired from Government of India as Secretary, Department of Fertilizers. At present, he is the Chairperson of Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board, a body set up as downstream regulator under the PNGRB Act, 2006


Hony. Vice-Chairman
Shri Ashok Chawla
Shri Ashok Chawla, Chairperson, CCI

Ashok Chawla, Chairperson, Competition Commission of India (CCI) is a distinguished civil servant with 40 years of experience in various sectors of the economy at Federal and State Government in India as well as at International Multilateral Agencies. He obtained his Masters in Economics from Delhi School of Economics in 1972 and joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1973.

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He started his career in the state of Gujarat and held various administrative positions including Chief Executive of important state owned enterprises. He was also posted as Economic Counsellor in the Indian Embassy in Washington DC, USA in the late 1980s. During 1998-2011, he worked in several senior positions in the Federal Government. He was a Member of the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority. He was the Permanent Secretary in key ministries of Government of India such as Finance, Economic Affairs and Civil Aviation. He was member on the board of Reserve Bank of India, the country’s central bank. He was also alternate Governor for India at the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. He not only worked in senior positions in the federal government ministries but also held top appointments in the corporate sector, including as Chairman & Managing Director of Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Limited and Director of Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Limited. In view of his rich and diversified experience, after his retirement from civil service, he was appointed as Chairperson, CCI with tenure up to January, 2016. . His present job is to promote and sustain competition in Indian markets by effectively enforcing Competition Act 2002, which is a key component of India’s economic reforms.

Shri M.R. Sreenivasa Murthy
Shri M.R. Sreenivasa Murthy, Chairperson, KERC

Shri M.R. Sreenivasa Murthy joined Indian Administrative Service in 1976 and has served the Government of Karnataka and Government of India in various capacities including the following assignments:

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- Additional Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary, Finance, Government of Karnataka,
- Principal Secretary, Rural Development and Panchayathi Raj, Karnataka,
- Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Karnataka State Road Transportation Corporation
- Commissioner, Bangalore City Corporation,
- Commissioner of State Excise, Karnataka,
- Principal Secretary to Election Commission of India, New Delhi
- Controller, ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore,
- Additional Secretary to Chief Minister of Karnataka.

Shri M.R. Sreenivasa Murthy has M.A. in Political Science from Bangalore University, M.A. in Economics from Madras University and M.A. in Rural Development from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, U.K.

He has been Chairman of the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission since 24th March, 2010.

Shri Rakesh Sahni
Shri Rakesh Sahni, Chairperson, MPERC

B.Tech (Mechanical Engineering) I.I.T Delhi 1971.
Indian Administrative Service 1972 Madhya Pradesh Cadre (Retired).
Graduate of the National Defence College Delhi 1986.

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Chairman, Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission from September, 2010.
Energy Advisor, Government of Madhya Pradesh 1 February 2010 to September, 2010.
Chief Secretary, Government of Madhya Pradesh from 28 January 2006 to superannuation from the IAS on 31 January 2010.
Chairman, Madhya Pradesh State Electricity Board from May 2004 to September 2010.
Additional Chief Secretary / Principal Secretary, Department of Energy (Power) Government of Madhya Pradesh from May 2004 to January, 2006.
Principal Secretary / Secretary, Government of Madhya Pradesh in the Departments of Planning, Home, Tribal and Scheduled Castes welfare, Public Health Engineering, Housing and Environment from September 1995 to January 2006.
Commissioner Gwalior Division – October 1991 to September 1995.
Deputy Secretary / Director, Government of India, Ministry of Defence – March 1983 to April 1989.
Collector / District Magistrate – November 1978 to October 1981.

Shri Gireesh B. Pradhan
Shri Gireesh B. Pradhan, Chairperson, CERC

A career civil servant with over 37 years of experience, both at the national and state level, Shri Gireesh B Pradhan was born in Mumbai on 20th December, 1952. He did his schooling from St. Xavier’s School, Jaipur, Rajasthan (1969) and Bachelor of Arts with Honours in History (1970-73) from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University. He holds a Master of Arts (History) degree (1973-75) from Delhi University, Master of Public Administration (MPA 1984-85) from the School of Public Administration, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada and Masters in Strategic Studies from the National Defence College (NDC 1992), New Delhi. Besides formal academic programmes, Shri Pradhan has attended a number of in – service programmes in various fields.

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Before joining the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1977, Shri Pradhan briefly taught history at the undergraduate level in Delhi University and also served in the State Bank Group as a Probationary Officer. He was allotted the Maharashtra cadre in the Indian Administrative Service, in 1977 and worked in state of Maharashtra at the state and district level. He handled both the regulatory and development affairs in various districts of Maharashtra like Sholapur, Kolhapur, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Mumbai Thane, Nagpur and Pune.

He was also closely associated with the setting up of the new district of Sindhudurg in 1980-81. Later he worked as the Member and Secretary of the Maharashtra State Electricity Board. Shri Pradhan has also been the Municipal Commissioner of Pune and Additional Municipal Commissioner of Mumbai. As Director General of YASHADA, he was instrumental in making that institution a premier civil services training institute of the country.He also has a monograph to his credit on civil services reforms in independent India. . At the national level, Shri Pradhan has worked in the Ministries of Food & Civil Supplies, Home Affairs and Power. He has served in the office of the President of India from 1992 to 1997 both as Director and then Joint Secretary to the President. He also served as Secretary to the Speaker of the LokSabha 2002 to 2003.

Shri Pradhan joined the Ministry of Power, as Joint Secretary, in November, 2003 where he was handling diverse subjects including Planning, Coordination, Energy Efficiency, Transmission and OM. He was promoted as Additional Secretary in January 2008 and looked after Policy & Planning, Transmission including matters relating to Power Grid Corporation of India Limited and their Central Sector projects, Power Trading Corporation, Power Finance Corporation, Operation & Monitoring, Coordination, International Co-operation, Climate Change and the Information Technology Division of Ministry of Power. He also served as Chairman of the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC)..

Shri Pradhan was promoted as Special Secretary in the Ministry of Power from 1st February, 2011 and took over charge of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in October 2011.

Besides the above, Shri Pradhan has been responsible for a number of crucial reports on the power sector. He has also had one of the longest involvements (12 years) with the power sector at both state and central level. He was actively involved in the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) a mission under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) which aims to establish India as a global leader in solar energy.


Hony. Members
Shri C.S. Sharma
Shri C.S. Sharma,
Member, UERC

Shri C.S. Sharma was born on 24th January, 1951. He graduated in Electrical Discipline and joined M.P. Electricity Board on 4th December, 1973. After serving for about 25 years in Engineering discipline, Shri C.S. Sharma was inducted in Finance and Accounts Wing through internal selection after acquiring Diploma in Financial Management from IFMR, Chennai.

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Shri Sharma had served in different capacities in MPSEB and served as Head of the Finance and Accounts Wing from July 2002 to July 2008in M.P. Power Transmission Company. He is presently serving as Member (Economics) in M.P. Electricity Regulatory Commission from 09/07/2008.

Shri. V.L. Sonavane
Shri V.L. Sonavane,
Member, MERC

BE (Electrical). Awarded by Pune University Prize for securing highest marks in Power systems. ME (Electrical) Pune University (1975) First Rank

Joined MSEB. Assistant Engineer in Jan 1976. Associated with Power System Planning, Energy Control Centre, Energy Audit, 400KV Planning, HVDC, Tariff petition, Corporate Planning, Distribution Projects.

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• Executive Director (2005-07), Director (Operation/ Projects) (2007-09), (33 years experience)

• In Aug 2009, appointed as Member (Technical) in Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission

• Deputed 14 months to Germany (1981-82), for 14 week at M/s Southern Electric Atlanta, (1995), MCREA/PVREA Colorado (2007), Seoul (2009), at LBNL California in (2011).

• Presented papers at Kathmandu in Afro Asian Conference held (1996), Conference on "SCADA Asia 2010" at Kuala Lumpur, on Smart Grids at Singapore (2011), at Asian Electricity Regulatory Commissioners’ Forum at Kuala Lumpur (2011), Smart Electricity World: Conference at Singapore (2012).

• Attended the CIRGE Conference at Paris in Aug 2012.

• Guide/mentor for ME/MTech (Electrical) scholars in Mumbai/ Pune/ BITS Pillani

• Delivered lectures on various topics in Govt. COEP Pune/ IIT Mumbai/ Symbiosis Pune/ Yashada Pune. Presented papers at various National/International Conferences.

• Selected as Honorary Member of Forum of Indian Regulators (FOIR) New Delhi (from 15th July 2013 onwards.

Mr. T. Munikrishanaiah
Mr. T. Munikrishanaiah, Member, JSERC

Born on 1st June 1952, at Kollagunta Village, Chittoor (Dt.) of Andhra Pradesh from an Agricultural family. I have done my Graduation i.e B.E(Electrical) from Sri Venkateshwara College of Engineering, S.V.University, Tirupati and Post Graduation, M.Tech from Regional Engineering College, Warangal, A.P. Also, I have done M.B.A with special focus on public Enterprises & Finance from Institute of Public Enterprises, Osmania University, Hyderabad.

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Coming to the experience, I started my carrier as Assistant Engineer in, the then Andhra Pradesh State Electricity Board. I rose to the highest post of Chief Engineer in the State organization. I served that organization for about 32 years. I have handled all the three major areas pertaining to the electricity i.e Generation, Transmission and Distribution in my service career.
I served as Chairperson of the Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum of Andhra Pradesh Southern Power Distribution Co. Ltd., Andhra Pradesh.

Joined as Member (Engg.), Jharkhand State Electricity Regulatory Commission on 1st July 2010. As a Member (Engg.), have association with the Commission in formulating various Regulations for fixation of Tariff of Generation, Transmission and Distribution. Also attended various conferences such as orientation Programme 2011 at IIM Ahmedabad and at California, USA and SAFIR Meetings at Kathmandu and Sri Lanka.Also associated with the various functions of the Commission such as issue of Tariff orders, adjudication of petitions filed in the Commission and conducting meeting with State Advisory Committee etc.

Smt. Meenakshi Singh
Smt. Meenakshi Singh, Member, UPERC

Smt. Meenakshi Singh joined as Member, U.P. Electricity Regulatory Commission, Lucknow on 30th August, 2010. She is Post Graduate in History. She joined the Indian Revenue Services in the year 1973. An effective tax administrator she has extensive exposure to Indian & International tax laws. She has represented Central Board of Direct Taxes in a number of National and International Forums. Prior to joining the Commission, she was the Chief Commissioner-1, Delhi.

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Hony. Secretary
Shri M. Deena Dayalan
Shri M. Deena Dayalan,
Member, CERC

Shri M Deena Dayalan (DOB 22 February, 1950) has over 37 years of experience of working in the Government of India, Public Sector Bank and Public Sector Undertaking.

He started his career as Lecturer in Chemistry at the Regional Engineering College, Trichirapalli, Tamil Nadu (1972) and moved over to the Indian Bank a Nationalised Bank where he served for nearly 6 years in different executive positions before he joined Government of India. He Joined the Indian Audit & Account Service in the year 1978. He served in various capacities at middle and senior management levels of auditing and accounts keeping of States and its PSUs.

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Particularly, he has served as Accountant General in the States of Haryana and Kerala. He has held the post of General Manager (Finance) in the Department of Telecommunications and worked during its corporatisation as BSNL. He has served in the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India as Director in-charge of national and inter-national training, administration and audit reports of State revenues.

For the last 6 years he has been the Joint Secretary & Financial Advisor for the Ministry of Finance which comprised of all departments viz., Departments of Revenue, Expenditure, Economic Affairs, Financial Services & Disinvestment and other Miscellaneous Departments including PMO, Cabinet Secretariat, Offices of the President, Vice-president, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and Supreme Court. He has been holding the position equivalent of Joint Secretary to Government since 1994 and that of Additional Secretary since 2006.

He has served as the Government nominee Director in Syndicate Bank; Part time Member in the Board of the Pension Fund Regulatory Development Authority and Government nominee Director in the Security Printing & Minting Corporation of India (SPMCIL). He has been functioning as the member of the Appellate Authority for the Non- Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs).

He is a Post-Graduate in Chemistry and an MBA in Corporate Finance from Leeds University, UK.

He has wide ranging experience in the Audit of United Nations Organisations at UN Hqrs, New York and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees at Hanoi, Vietnam.

He retired from the Government Service on 28 February, 2010 and joined Central Electricity Regulatory Commission as Member on 4.3.2010. He has contributed to the Commission’s efforts in achieving its mission and vision.

Some of the important Regulations made by the Commission for improvement of the Sector include:

• Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (Sharing of inter-state Transmission Charges and Losses), Regulations 2010.

• Indian Electricity Grid Code (IEGC) Regulations, 2010 and Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (Indian Electricity Grid Code) (First Amendment) Regulation, 2012

• Terms and Conditions for recognition and issuance of Renewable Energy Certificate for Renewable Energy Generation Regulations, 2010 and First Amendment, 2010

• Grant of Regulatory Approval for execution of inter-state transmission scheme to Central Transmission Utility, Regulations 2010

• Power System Development Fund (PSDF) Regulations, 2010

• Procedure for calculating expected revenue from tariffs and charges Regulations, 2010

• Procedure for implementation of the mechanism of Renewable Regulatory Fund (RRF), Regulations 2010

• Procedure for implementation of the mechanism of Renewable Regulatory Fund (RRF), Regulations 2010

• Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (Payment of fees) Regulations, 2012

• CERC (Terms and Conditions for Tariff Determination from Renewable Energy Sources) Regulations, 2012

• Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (Standards of Performance of Inter-State transmission licensees) Regulations, 2012

• Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (Grant of Connectivity, Long-term access and Medium-term Open Access in inter-state Transmission and related matters) (Third Amendment) Regulations 2013


Hony. Treasurer
Mr. A.K. Singhal
Mr. A.K. Singhal, Member, CERC

Shri A.K. Singhal (59 years), a Chartered Accountant by profession, has a distinguished career, characterized by steadfast adherence to principles. He has a rich & varied experience of over 37 years in Corporate Finance Management. He worked as Director (Finance) of NTPC Limited (a Maharatna Company) for over 8 years.

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In NTPC, Mr. Singhal played a pivotal role in providing valuable inputs to the Board for taking various strategic decisions to enable the company in achieving its Vision. He was responsible for the entire gamut of financial management of the organization including financial resource mobilization from domestic & global sources, optimum utilization of funds, budgetary controls and investment decisions. During his tenure of 12 years in NTPC, he had led several landmark transactions for the Company such as its IPO, FPO & OFS of equity, very large term loan facilities from banks and financial institutions and establishment of USD 2 billion Medium Term Note Programme and issuance of notes there under. As CFO, he was responsible for establishing adequate internal control systems and adherence by the company to sound corporate governance practices. He played an active role in the decisions involving mergers and acquisitions including backward & forward integration of business. He acted as a vital link between the investing community and the management of the company.
Driven by a passion for excellence and imbued with a strong work ethics, Mr. Singhal believes integrity and honesty as the only policy for enduring business success. Under his able guidance and leadership, NTPC has won many awards & accolades for excellence in Financial Reporting and Corporate Governance. Mr. Singhal has been recognized as Best CFO at various forums including by the ICAI(twice), IMA(Lifetime Achievement Award), CNBC TV 18, ASBA Top Rankers and he has been positioned thrice among top 100 CFOs across the country by CFO Institute of 9dot9 media.
Mr. Singhal has also been the driving force behind various initiatives towards Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). His emphasis is always to ensure that each CSR initiative of NTPC is aimed to improve lives of the people at the bottom of the pyramid and activities are taken up and processes adopted with due diligence so that benefit of the same reaches upto the last mile. Considering the contributions and rich knowledge & experience of Mr. Singhal, the Government of India has appointed him as Member, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission in October 2013, to shoulder even higher responsibilities as the Power Sector Regulator.