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Mr. Desh Deepak Verma, a retired officer of 1978 batch of IAS, has been a dedicated, hard working and innovative officer of U.P. Cadre who, in his career, has performed brilliantly both at the State and at the Central level. He retired from the post of Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Govt. of India, New Delhi in June, 2013. Post retirement, he was selected as Chairman of U.P. Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC), an autonomous quasi-judicial body, with pay structure equivalent to Election Commissioner of India.


A post graduate in Physics from Allahabad University and an MBA from Australia in International Business, Shri Verma has been a bright student throughout, with keen interest in oratory, dramatics and sports. He won several inter-school, state level and university level debates and essay writing competitions during his student days.


During his professional career, he occupied top crucial positions in the State Government of U.P. He has been Principal Secretary in the key Departments of Commercial Taxes, Registration, Transport, Cooperatives and Tourism. He has also been District Magistrate of four important districts namely, Almora, Aligarh, Bareilly & Agra. Subsequently, he was posted as Divisional Commissioner of Allahabad and Lucknow divisions. Thus, he has occupied the position of District Magistrate/Commissioner in five out of top ten most sensitive district of Uttar Pradesh, a rare feat for any officer. As Commissioner Lucknow, he was decorated during the Republic Day parade for outstanding contribution to the settlement of more than 20 years old Shia-Sunni dispute in Lucknow. Shri Verma is also accredited for introducing several reforms in the Trade Tax Department like e-filing of returns, removal of all check posts and barriers at the borders, introduction of e-refunds etc. As Principal Secretary (Transport), he introduced AC Volvo buses in the State, and also online booking, unleaded petrol etc. in the Transport Sector.


At the Government of India level, he was given the most prestigious assignments like joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Director General, Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Secretary to Govt. of India, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs. As Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, he brought several reforms in the functioning of the Ministry.


Mr. Verma has the distinction of representing India in several UN Convention, like Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), Cartagena Protocol on Bio-safety etc. He organized several Parliamentary Delegations to different parts of the world during his tenure as Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.


In his last assignment as Chairman, UPERC, he has been instrumental in introducing several big-ticket reforms in the Energy Sector. Through several of his landmark judgments, he could bring down power purchase costs and transparency in power purchase. He has been widely acclaimed for a series of regulations of far reaching consequence, like Demand Side Management (DSM) Regulations, Mini-grid and Micro grid Regulations, Rooftop Solar Gross/Net metering Regulations and Renewable Energy Generation Regulations etc.


He is interested in Music, Poetry, Golf and Badminton. He was elected as the President, Lucknow Golf Club, in March, 2017 with a thumping majority. He is supportive of several civil society initiatives in adult literacy, upliftment of physically and mentally challenged sections of society, empowerment of women and promotion of art and culture.