In a move that could aggravate the bitter relations between the Delhi government and the power distribution companies and the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC), the electricity department has asked the three firms in the Capital to furnish information on their relations with former government officials.
The government, however, said the move is aimed at establishing if any Delhi government official had favoured power distribution companies.
In a letter to the chief executive officers (CEOs) of discoms, the electricity department asked them to provide details regarding employment or consultation of former officials of Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) and various departments of the state government.
"Provide details regarding any relationship of BSES Yamuna Power Ltd (BYPL), BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd (BRPL) and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) with any former senior officers of the DERC, including its chairman, members or officers of the department of power and Delhi government, since inception of your company till today," the letter said.
It further mentioned that information may be given irrespective of the nature of relations, which may include permanent employment, part time employment or long term or short term contract, consultancy, advisory, availing of any services, any outsourcing work and any involvement in purchases, including payment of any commission.
The move assumes significance in the wake of the ongoing tussle between the state government and various stakeholders in Delhi's power sector.
Sources said the government was of the opinion that any relationship of former government officials with private companies could be detrimental to the government.
The department has also sought information regarding relations of former officials had with any sister concerns of the discoms.
Power Minister Satyendra Jain has asked the discoms to provide the information in a time-bound manner. "We have sent a letter to all discoms, asking their relationship with senior officers of DERC and power department since their inception. This relationship can be direct and indirect form," Jain said. The move, according to a senior official, would establish if any official has favoured power distribution companies in the past. However, Jain refused to comment on this.
Source- India Today