Indu Shekhar Chaturvedi Assumes Charge as Secretary MNRE

The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has announced that Indu Shekhar Chaturvedi (IAS) has assumed charge as the new Secretary, MNRE from May 11, 2020.

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The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has announced that Indu Shekhar Chaturvedi (IAS) has assumed charge as the new Secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy from May 11, 2020. Chaturvedi is a 1987 Batch IAS officer and belongs to Jharkhand cadre and succeeded Anand Kumar in the Ministry who earlier took charge Secretary, Ministry of Culture, the ministry detailed in a press release.

After formally taking over, Chaturvedi met senior officers of the Ministry and took stock of the work and issues before the Ministry.

Prior to this appointment, he was serving as Additional Chief Secretary and Additional Secretary (Climate Change Department) of the Ministry of Climate Change Department, Environment & Forest, Government of Jharkhand.

The new secretary is B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT-Kanpur and holds a P.G. in International Development from Harvard University (USA). He has worked in the Government of Jharkhand and Government of India at various positions including field and policy level.

He has also worked as Joint Secretary or equivalent in PMO, D/o Economic Affairs, Ministry Of Finance. He has extensive experience of working in other departments like Planning Commission, M/o Agriculture, M/o Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions. Chaturvedi has also undergone training in Financial Management, Community Mobilisation & Participatory Management Techniques.

At the back end of April, the appointment was first made official by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.

Reporting to his new boss at the MNRE, Minister RK Singh, himself elected from Arrah Lok Sabha seat in Bihar, the Jharkhand cadre Chaturvedi joins at a tumultuous time at the MNRE. His predecessor, Anand Kumar has ensured a strong finish to his own stint, helping pilot a series of moves that have widely been seen as favourable for the renewable energy industry.

At the MNRE, one of the primary tasks before Chaturvedi will be the outcome of the Electricity Act (2020) Amendment bill, which was promised a quick passage, or even promulgation via the ordinance route by his predecessor. The proposed amendments are widely seen as a huge step forward, if they do happen, for the potential they offer in terms of unraveling the financial mess at discoms, as well as enabling a much more supportive environment for renewable power producers.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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