Shri Gireesh B. Pradhan
A career civil servant with over 37 years of experience, both at the national and state level, Shri Pradhan joined the Ministry of Power, as Joint Secretary, in November, 2003 where he was handling diverse subjects including Planning, Coordination, Energy Efficiency, Transmission and OM. He was promoted as Additional Secretary in January 2008 and looked after Policy & Planning, Transmission including matters relating to Power Grid Corporation of India Limited and their Central Sector projects, Power Trading Corporation, Power Finance Corporation, Operation & Monitoring, Coordination, International Co-operation, Climate Change and the Information Technology Division of Ministry of Power. He also served as Chairman of the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC).
Shri Pradhan was promoted as Special Secretary in the Ministry of Power from 1st February, 2011 and took over charge of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in October 2011.
Besides the above, Shri Pradhan has been responsible for a number of crucial reports on the power sector. He has also had one of the longest involvements (12 years) with the power sector at both state and central level. He was actively involved in the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) a mission under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) which aims to establish India as a global leader in solar energy.