Mr. A.K. Basu is presently Chairman, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission.
Mr. Basu had a brilliant academic career. He was First in order of Merit among all candidates in School Final (Matriculation) Examination, West Bengal, in 1958. He stood First in the First Class in B.A. (Honours in Economics) Examination, Calcutta University in 1962, from Presidency College.
He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1965 and was allotted West Bengal Cadre. In Government of West Bengal, he has held several important positions, including Commissioner of Calcutta Municipal Corporation, Education Secretary, Labour Secretary, and Principal Secretary, Food and Civil Supply. He was the Chief Electoral Officer of the State from 1983 to 1987.
Mr. Basu has worked in various capacities in Government of India. He was Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs during 1976-77. He worked as Special Assistant to the Union Minister of Education, social Welfare & Culture, during 1977 to 1980. He was Special Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, during 1996-97.
Mr. Basu has had a long association with industry and infrastructure sectors. He was Development Commissioner, Iron &Steel, and then Joint Secretary, Ministry of Steel, Government of India, during 1988 to 1993. He served as Additional Secretary & Advisor (Industry & Minerals), Union Planning Commission during 1995-96, dealing with Plans and Projects of nearly 20 economic and infrastructure Ministries of Government of India. He was Secretary, Ministry of Steel, Government of India, from August, 1997 to May, 2000. Mr. Basu served as Secretary, Ministry of Power, Govt. of India from June 2000 till his retirement on March 31, 2002. During this period, he pioneered several important initiatives for reforms and restructuring of the Indian Electricity Sector.
Mr. Basu was appointed Chairman, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission, in April 2002; this is a statutory position created under the Electricity Regulatory Commissions Act, 1998.
He has travelled extensively in India and abroad in connection with official business.
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