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Discoms asked to come clean on ‘babu-links’

In a move to establish if any Delhi government official had favoured power distribution companies, the Delhi government on Thursday asked the three private power distribution companies (Discoms) to furnish information about their relationships with the former officers of the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) and the various departments of the state government.

“A letter has been written to the chief executive officers (CEOs) of Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), BSES Rajdhani and BSES Yamuna regarding the same,” Power minister Satyendra Jain briefed the media. On March 4, the Delhi government had formed the committee under the chairmanship of former DERC head Brijender Singh and directed him to look into various aspects of the power sector right from July 2002 and submit the white paper within a period of three months.
The white paper will also focus on how power privatisation was done and why. Apart from that, the committee will also examine the power project agreements.

“They are to provide details regarding any relationship of BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL), BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (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, government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, since the inception of their company till date,” said the Power minister.

“The information may be given irrespective of the nature of relationship, which may include permanent employment/part time employment/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, etc,” he added. Information with respect to such former officers, who have/had any relationships with any of the firms, has also been requested.     

The Delhi government is committed towards complete transparency in the functioning of all its departments and organisations, where public money is involved.
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