Govt fails to take call on CS-led panel recommendations for appointments
Srinagar, Nov 03: Even though a selection panel headed by Chief Secretary having finalized its recommendations for key appointments in the state electricity regulatory commission, the vital monitoring body, is lying defunct from last 10 months.
The SERC became defunct on December 31, 2016 when Basharat Dar completed his term as its head while members demitted office two years before.
Sources told KNS that the committee though had finalized the names of Muhammad Hussain Malik former secretary Tourism and Gazzanfar Hussain former IAS officer for the post of chairperson, and it was expected that the cabinet will approve it, but the same could not happen in the last cabinet meeting of PDP-BJP government before moving to the Jammu for next six months.
Malik attain superannuation on September 30 this year and the Ganzanfar Ali former IAS offcer was assigned the post of vigilance commissioner last month.
Sources told KNS that earlier in August this year, a selection panel headed by Chief Secretary (CS), B.B Vyas, including the members, A K Singhal, Dheeraj Gupta and Abdul Majid Bhat, finalized names of six people for appointments in the SERC.
Sources said that for the post of chairperson, the panel had recommended the name of Muhammad Hussain Malik and Gazzanfar Hussain and for the post of member technical the selection committee has recommended the names of Manzoor Ahmad Salroo, former chief engineer PDD and VK Badha, an official of the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC). Sources said that for the post of member finance the panel has recommended the names of Muhammad Ishaq Wani, Director General Funds Organization and Ravi Kumar Magotra, former Director General Accounts and Treasuries.
One of the top officials of the state government however told KNS that it is expected that the state cabinet will soon approve the appointments so that the commission, which is a statutory body, will start function properly.
The functioning of the SERC holds an important significance these days as people in Kashmir are facing power cuts. “It seems that there is no regulatory body that could direct the Power Development Department to ensure better power supply to the people,” one of the citizens told KNS.
“We have been facing around 6 hour power cuts in a day despite our’s being a metered area that is supposed to get 24-hour electricity supply,” Ghulam Mohammad, a resident of Bemina said.
The residents of Batamaloo, Qamarwari, Soura, old city Srinagar said the PDD has left them in power crisis ahead of winter. “Such power cuts we would witness in winters. But this time, the PDD has been resorting to power cuts early before,” Habib-ullah a resiendent of Qamarwari said.
Reports of poor power scenario are reaching from all districts where there are frequent power cuts.
As per the rules, the PDD can be summoned by the SERC and ensure better power supply is provided to the people.
As per the provisions of an Act it has been created under the commission, which is a statutory body that has to determine the tariff, regulate power purchase and electricity supply in the state. (KNS)