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Power panel chief sworn in

Ranchi, Aug. 5: Jharkhand State Electricity Regulatory Commission (JSERC) got its third chairman today with governor Syed Ahmed swearing in Narendra Nath Tiwary, a retired judge of Jharkhand High Court, at a simple ceremony at Raj Bhavan.

The post of JSERC chairman had been lying vacant over the past one and half years after Mukhtiyar Singh, retired IAS and former principal secretary, finance, superannuated on December 15, 2012 on attaining 65 years of age.

As per the JSERC Act, a chairman appointed by the state government holds office for five years or till he is 65, whichever is earlier. The new incumbent, Justice (retired) Justice Tiwary, who is 62, will hold office till May 2017.

“I understand that electricity tariff for the various power producing companies are to be determined. The process of determination of tariff will be speeded up,” Tiwary told The Telegraph at his office at Sainik Bazar, Main Road, Ranchi.

“On top of my priority list is protecting the interests of power consumers in Jharkhand. Few people know of the regulatory commission, often confusing it with the erstwhile Jharkhand State Electricity Board. Hence I would accord top priority to increasing awareness among the people at large on the existence of the commission, its role, duties and powers,” he stressed.

Born on May 22, 1952 in Garhwa, Jharkhand, Tiwary graduated with economics honours from GLA College, Daltonganj, did his Masters in economics from Ranchi University and LLB from Ranchi.

He enrolled as an advocate in November 1975 and practised law at the Ranchi Bench of the then Patna High Court and the Ranchi district court.

In 2002, he was designated senior advocate of Jharkhand High Court and finally in 2004, elevated as a judge. He retired from the court on May 21, 2014.

JUVNL building

Ranchi: A board meeting of Jharkhand Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (JUVNL) and its three subsidiary companies of generation, transmission and distribution today resolved to construct a new building at Kusai Colony in Doranda, Ranchi, at a cost of Rs 20 crore.

“Since 2000, we have been housed in a three-storeyed building taken on rent from Heavy Engineering Corporation Ltd. The Kusai Colony building will serve as our headquarters,” Pandey Ramanikant Sinha, director of public relations, JUVNL, said.