Expect a new secretary in the power ministry

Vol 6, PW 2 (27 Mar 02) News in Brief

In the next few weeks India's Ministry of Power will see at least two new senior faces.

Secretary A.K Basu is due to retire and is being widely tipped to take over as chairman of the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission, which is without a boss since the retirement of its former chief S.

L Rao. In India it is considered a prestige appointment to become CERC chairman.

Informed gossip suggests power minister Suresh Prabhu - a chartered accountant by profession - wants a technocrat to replace Basu. Another key change in the power ministry will be joint secretary P.

I Suvratan who returns to his parent cadre of Himachal Pradesh.

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