Jishanu Barua was appointed as the new chairperson of the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission

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Jishanu Barua has been appointed as the new chairman of the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC).

An overview of the news

  • Union Minister for Power R K Singh administered the oath of office and secrecy to Jishnu Barua in New Delhi on 3 March.

  • Barua has been the Chief Secretary of Assam from October 2020 to August 2022.

  • Earlier, he also served as Additional Chief Secretary of Assam to take care of various departments of the state from August 2017 to October 2020.

  • After retirement, Barua took charge as the Chairman of Assam Power Distribution Company Limited.

  • Barua has obtained M. Phil degree in defense and strategic studies, he is also a post graduate in history and graduation in Philosophy.

Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC)

  • It has been established by the Government of India under the provisions of the Electricity Regulatory Commission Act, 1998.

  • It is a regulator of the power sector in India.

  • The commission consists of a chairperson and four other members, including the chairperson of the Central Electricity Authority.

  • Its main functions are -regulating the tariffs of power generation of companies owned by the government, regulating tariffs of other power generation companies, regulating electricity inter -state transmission and determining tariffs for such transmission of electricity, Etc.

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