The Delhi government has started looking for a new chairman to head the city’s power regulator, which is gearing up to take a call on petitions filed by discoms to make electricity tariff revisions “apolitical” by linking them with market prices of goods and services.
The Delhi Power Department initiated the process of appointing a new chairman to Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) earlier this month by conveying the decision in a letter to all states, Union Territories, IITs, IIMs and central power sector utilities among others.
Incumbent chairman Justice (retd) Satyendra Singh Chauhan had joined the commission on July 5, 2018. Chauhan told The Indian Express that the government will have to find a replacement for him as he is turning 65 soon, and under the Electricity Act, 2003, chairman and members of the commission shall hold office for a term of five years or till the age of 65 years, “whichever is earlier”.
While an elaborate recruitment process is being carried out this time, Chauhan was appointed to the post directly as the Electricity Act, 2003, allows such appointments in case of retired judges.
Before him, the appointment of Krishna Saini to the post was a flashpoint in the AAP-L -G ties as the then L-G Najeeb Jung had struck down the appointment in September 2016 citing lack of his approval prior to the decision.