Profiles of the Commission and Secretary (GERC)

Commission and Secretary

Shri Anand Kumar

Chairman

Mr. Anand Kumar has taken over as Chairperson, Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission on 5th April, 2016. Before joining Gujarat State, he has served the State of Meghalaya as Chairperson-ERC and State of Uttarakhand as Electricity Regulator. He holds a post-graduate degree in Finance Management and Graduate degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT-Roorkee. He has also done Advanced Software Programming Course from Hitachi, Japan and training in Economics Regulation from National Regulatory Research Institute, at Ohio University USA. He has more than 36 years of experience in the Power Sector of which 18 years of experience has been at Regulations, Reforms and Restructuring in the Power sector. Out of some key assignments, was his association in Unbundling and Restructuring of the power sector in Uttar Pradesh and assignments at Regulatory Commissions of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Meghalaya.

Member

Post vacant

Shri P. J. Thakkar

Member – Technical

Shri Prakash J Thakkar, 60 years, joined the Commission on 13th October 2015. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda. Shri Thakkar has over 40 years of rich and diversified experience of power sector which includes Hydro Generation, Substation Engineering and Distribution. He was looking after all technical and operational aspects of various projects financed by REC in the generation (including non-Renewable energy), transmission and distribution sectors as well as Rural Electrification projects under the erstwhile Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY). He has worked for about 11 years in NHPC (Installation and operation & maintenance of Hydrogenerators) and 15 years on different posts in Power Grid Corporation of India Limited. He was a member of India’s first 400 kV Thyristor Controlled Series Compensation (TCSC) project implementation team. He has also served as Advisor to Government of Nepal for operation & maintenance of Devighat Hydro Electric Project during the year 1985-86. He has authored/co-authored various technical papers in National and International seminars.

Shri Roopwant Singh, IAS

Secretary