Seeking to give a new push to reforms in the power sector, the Planning Commission on Tuesday announced constitution of an expert group headed by B. K. Chaturvedi, who looks after the power sector, on facilitation of public private partnership (PPP) in power distribution. The committee, which would include chief secretaries and power secretaries of States, will also have representation from two financial institutions and would be put in place in the next two days, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia told reporters here on the sidelines of a conference on PPP in transmission projects organised by the Commission.

After working out the various modalities on how PPP can be promoted in the distribution segment, the group would submit a report to the Central Government.

Mr Ahluwalia said the Planning Commission would bring in chief and power secretaries from those States that had experimented with private operations. However, he refused to spell out any kind of timeframe for the group to submit its report.

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