Ram Vinay Shahi

Ram Vinay Shahi

R.V. Shahi was the Secretary of Power, India from 2002-2007.

Besides being responsible for the entire Indian Power Sector (1,68,000 MW capacity including captive plants), as Secretary, Mr. Shahi was directly responsible for the Central Public Sector Undertakings viz. National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd, National Hydroelectric Power Corporation, Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd, Tehri Hydro Development Corporation, Power Finance Corporation, Rural Electrification Corporation, Bhakra Beas Management Board and Damodar Valley Corporation. He was also President of the Governing Council of Central Power Research Institute, Chairman of the Executive Committee of Bureau of Energy Efficiency and Chairman of the Governing Council of National Power Training Institute having 5 large Training Institutes in various parts of the country. Worked as Secretary to the Government of India for almost five years till he relinquished the charge on 31st January 2007.

Prior to taking over the Indian Power Sector as Secretary, R.V. Shahi was Chairman and Managing Director of BSES Ltd (the predecessor company to Reliance Energy) from 1994 to 2002 which he transformed from a small distribution utility to a multi–unit fully integrated power utility having generation, transmission and distribution. BSES subsequently became Reliance Energy.

Currently Mr. Shahi is Chairman of Energy Infratech Pvt. Limited, an Engineering & Project Development Consulting Company with a staff of more than 350 people.

During the five year tenure as Secretary the Indian electricity sector witnessed a major restructuring of the power industry through formulation and implementation of several legislative and policy initiatives aimed at creation of a competitive market structure. These include Electricity Act (2003), National Electricity Policy (2005), Electricity Tariff Policy (2006) and Accelerated Power Development Reform Programme (2002). Setting and Operationalising of Bureau of Energy Efficiency under Energy Conservation Act (2001), Rural Electrification Policy (2005), Ultra Mega Power Project Policy (2006), Merchant Power Plant Policy (2006). 50,000 MW Hydroelectric Initiative (2003), 100,000 MW Thermal Project Initiative (2004).


Graduation (Mechanical Engineering), Post Graduation (Industrial Engineering), Post Graduation (Business Management) and Diploma in Advanced Industrial Management (Delft, Holland). He is a Fellow of the World Academy of Productivity Sciences, a Fellow of Institution of Engineers (India), a Fellow of International Institute of Electrical Engineers, and a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering.


Mr. Shahi was awarded “BEST POWER MAN of the Millennium Year 2000” Award by National Foundation of Indian Engineers

Other than being on the board of various companies and entities, Mr. Shahi sits on the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow

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