CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government on Sunday shunted out additional chief secretary Vikram Kapur as chairman and managing director of Tamil Nadu Electricity Board, Tangedco and Tantransco, and handed over the responsibilities to principal secretary Pradeep Yadav, managing director, Chennai Metro Rail, as full additional charge.
While Vikram Kapur will now head tourism, culture and religious endowments department, his transfer from TNEB comes amidst a raging controversy and public outcry over alleged excess billing over calculating electricity consumption during the lockdown period.
Both Kapur as well as state electricity minister P Thangamani had denied that Tangedco indulged in excess billing. “Yadav would hold the full additional charge until further orders,” said chief secretary K Shanmugam in an order. Yadav takes charge of the state power utility at a time when its total debt has touched almost Rs 1 lakh crore.
In the shuffle, home secretary S K Prabakar will hold full additional charge of the post of principal secretary of energy department in place of A Karthik, who was holding the responsibility so far.
Sandeep Saxena, who was handling tourism, culture and religious endowments, has been shifted to handle environment and forests department in place of Shambu Kallolikar, who has been transferred and posted as principal secretary of handlooms, handicrafts, textile and Khadi department. Kallolikar replaces Pradeep Yadav, who was also holding this portfolio as additional charge so far.
Home secretary S K Prabakar is placed in full additional charge of the post of principal secretary of energy department in place of A Karthik, who was holding the posting, further said the order.