U N Behera takes oath as OERC Chairman

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BHUBANESWAR (INDIA): Retired IAS officer UN Behera was administered oath of office and secrecy as the new chairman of Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC) by Governor SC Jamir at the Raj Bhawan here.

The 1993 batch IAS officer, Behera was Additional Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister. He was to retire from services in July this year. But he opted for voluntary retirement which was accepted by the state government,” reported by OTV.

He was appointed as the OERC Chairman on the recommendation of the members of the Selection Committee headed by Justice Justice Vinod Prasad of the Orissa High Court. Apart from this, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi and the Chairman of the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission Gireesh B Pradhan had also recommended the names for selection of OERC Chairman and Member.

Accepting the recommendation, the Chief Minister had appointed Behera as Chairman and Souri Kanta Parhi, former Air Vice Marshal, as a member of the OERC on October 27 last year.

The post of OERC chairman was lying vacant since October 8 last year with the end of tenure of SP Nanda.