Shri U. N. Behera was an officer of the Indian Administrative Service of 1983 batch of Odisha cadre. An Engineering Graduate from IIT, Kharagpur, he had 34 years of valuable experience in the IAS.He has spent early seven years in the district administration supervising various development programmes. Subsequently, as Managing Directors of Odisha State Co-operative Milk Producers'Federation (OMFED) and Odisha State Co-operative Oilseed Growers' Federation (Oil Odisha) he had been actively involved in organising farmer co-operatives and promotion of production, processing and marketing of milk, milk products and edible oil. Under his stewardship Odisha State Oilseed Growers'Federation won the best productivity award from the National Productivity Council consecutively for two years, 1991-92 and 1992-93.
He has worked in the industries sector as Managing Directors of IDCO and IPICOL primarily in promotion of industries, financing of small and medium industries and creation of industrial infrastructure. During his tenure as Managing Director the Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) obtained ISO-9001 certification (1996) for quality standards and ISO-14001 certification (1998) for environmental standards. He also worked as Chief Executives of Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA) and Odisha Computer Application Centre (OCAC). Mr.
Behera played a key role in formation of Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), the first
of its kind in the country immediately after the Odisha super cyclone of 1999 and was its first Managing
He worked in Government of India for seven years between 2002 and 2009 in the Ministries of
Steel, Science & Technology (Biotechnology) and Urban Development (DDA). During his tenure as Joint
Secretary in the Department of Biotechnology, he also held the charge of Managing Director of Bharat
Immunologicals & Biologicals Corporation (BIBCOL), a Central PSU. In the State Government, he has
worked as Secretary in the departments of Home, Finance, Planning & Co-ordination, General
Administration, Forest & Environment, Steel & Mines, Excise and Parliamentary Affairs. He was the State
Development Commissioner-cum- Additional Chief Secretary for a year. He spent a year as Additional
Chief Secretary to Chief Minister, Odisha before joining the Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission as
its Chairperson on the 16th of January, 2017.
He has travelled widely covering almost all the Indian states and about thirty foreign countries.
Shri Aswini Kumar Das, Member
Shri A. K. Das, born on 21st March, 1956 in Kalyanpur village of Jajpur District, Odisha, graduated in Electrical Engineering from University College of Engineering, Burla (now VSSUT, Burla) in 1978, completed Master Degree from University of Roorkee (now IIT, Roorkee) in 1988 and Master Degree in Business Administration from Utkal University. He joined Odisha Service of Electrical Engineers in 1978. After serving for 35 years under Govt. of Odisha, he retired as Engineer-in-Chief (Elect.)-cum-Principal Chief Electrical Inspector in March, 2014 to join as Member, OERC, Odisha.
During his tenure under Govt., he contributed to the development of Power Projects of the state like Upper Kolab, Upper Indravati & Rengali Hydro Projects. He had a tenure in Industry Deptt., Govt. of Odisha before moving to the Electrical Inspectorate & Works Deptt. and finally retired as EIC (Elect.)-cum-Principal Chief Electrical Inspector (PCEI).
Visited Japan on Energy Efficiency Activities and has contributed to technical section in many conferences & seminars and an active member of World Energy Council – Indian Member Committee