The Central Government has set up a high-level group to build a South Asia-focused energy security architecture. The high-level group, named the South Asia Group for Energy (SAGE), will be headed by former Union Power Secretary Ram Vinay Shahi. SAGE has been set up under the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)-run think tank Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS).
To achieve a balanced and optimal development of energy infrastructure through mutual understanding and cooperation, by promoting, initiating and facilitating effective policy dialogue and capacity building on a bilateral, sub-regional and regional basis for energy and related issues, among South Asian countries.
Other members of SAGE:
- Amar Sinha, former economic relations secretary in the MEA and India’s former ambassador to Afghanistan;
- Preeti Saran, former secretary east in MEA;
- Chandan Kumar Mondol, director commercial at NTPC Ltd, India’s largest power generation utility;
- Rakesh Nath, former chairman of Central Electricity Authority, the apex power sector planning body;
- Anil Sardana, managing director, Adani Power; and
- Deepak Amitabh, chairman and managing director, PTC India Ltd, the country’s largest electricity trader.