shri k.n. sinha joined the central electricity regulatory commission as its member on 11th may, 2001. before joining the commission, shri sinha was member (planning), central electricity authority and ex-officio additional secretary to government of india.
born on 1st july, 1941, shri sinha obtained a bachelors degree in electrical engineering from birla institute of technology, ranchi in 1962. immediately after graduation, shri sinha joined the then uttar pradesh state electricity board as an assistant engineer and was assigned the job of design and engineering of ramganga multipurpose river project. he joined the central power engineering service in 1964. shri sinha continued academic pursuit to upgrade his professional skills and obtained a masters’ degree in economics from the university of himachal pradesh in 1989, and a post- graduate diploma in financial management from indira gandhi national open university, new delhi in 1995. in 1980, he was awarded a un fellowship for training in management of thermal power stations and basic modern management course on rural electrification at national rural electric co-operative association, washington, usa.
shri sinha has made significant contribution in the power development of the country. in his early days of his career, as an executive engineer with the government of manipur, he introduced "spot billing" and "cash collection at the doors" – concepts relevant in a hilly region of the country where the consumers live in far flung areas. as member-secretary of the 13th electric power survey committee and chairman of 16th electric power survey committee, he brought out the 13th and 16th electric power survey reports, both being path-breaking documents introducing new concepts and approach, making the electrical energy demand projections more meaningful and realistic. he was part of the group responsible for designing the technical and techno-financial framework of legislation for inviting private sector participation in power generation. as member (planning), cea, he finalised two landmark documents – "the fuel map of india" and "power on demand by 2012", both the documents being the basis for power planning in the country in the time frame up to 2012. shri sinha has been responsible for introducing / redesigning a series of systems and publications in the central electricity authority. he set up the procedure, methods and frame work of examination and vetting of tariff proposals of central psus in the power sector. he was the co-chairman of the indo-nepal power exchange committee dealing with the tariff charges for international exchange of power between india and nepal. he streamlined the procedure for project appraisal and techno-economic clearance to power schemes – a statutory function of the cea under electric (supply) act, 1948. he was chairman of the standing committee on project appraisal and co-chairman of standing committee on firm financial package appraisal.
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