Telangana power regulators headless amid rising sector stress


Telangana power regulators headless amid rising sector stress

The top positions of the Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission (TSERC) remain vacant amid rising financial losses of its state-owned power distribution companies (discoms) and ever-mounting unpaid dues to generators supplying power. The regulator has been headless after Ismail Ali Khan, the former chairman, retired in January. Khan was running the show alone after former commission members H Srinivasulu and L Manohar Reddy retired in 2018 and 2016, respectively.

The TSERC top vacancies remain vacant in spite of the Electricity Act, 2003, mandating that “the state government shall, within one month from the date of occurrence of any vacancy by reason of death, resignation or removal of the chairperson or a member and six months before the superannuation or end of tenure of the chairperson or member, make a reference to the selection committee for filling up of the vacancy”. Read more

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