REC was set up in July 1969, in the backdrop of a critical drought situation facing India in the late sixties. The company’s initial mandate was mainly to help State Electricity Boards energise pump-sets across the country to boost agriculture and overcome the crippling impact of three successive years of deficient monsoons. The company also provided finance to accelerate the pace of rural electrification in the overall context of planned programmes for increased agricultural production. Besides finance, REC also offered appraising, consultancy, technical support and monitoring of projects, to assist State Electricity Boards/Power Utilities, Rural Electric Cooperatives and other such institutions.
Liberalisation by the Government of India in 1991 saw introduction of amendments to existing laws and reform measures enabling the private sector to participate in large-scale in manufacturing industry, services industry and infrastructure. Sectors like power, airports, seaports, roadways, projects were identified for private participation, and nodal agencies were set up to do the initial spade work and later hand over such projects to private players through competitive bidding routes. In April 2006, GoI identified 14 transmission projects worth ?200 billion for development by 2012. REC was identified as one of the two GoI-appointed nodal agencies for transferring identified projects to private developers. REC also started extending loans to manufacturers of T&D equipment.
Till 2000, REC focused on the Transmission and Distribution aspect of power, with projects for household electrification in rural and semi-urban areas, area electrification in tribal/ dalit areas, intensive electrification, and system improvement projects based on strengthening and improving transmission, sub transmission and distribution systems. REC’s portfolio of Generation projects constituted mainly Mini/Micro Generation Projects up to 25MW capacity till 2000. In June 2002, the mandate of REC was expanded to include financing of all generation projects without limit on size or location. Today, financing of Generation projects has become a major thrust-area of operations for REC, also attracting majority of its private sector borrowers.
Since 2005, REC has been appointed nodal agency by Ministry of Power Archived 15 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine for Government of India scheme Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana aimed at building rural electricity infrastructure and household electrification towards the National Common Minimum Programme goal of access to electricity for all. Under the scheme, 90% capital subsidy is provided by Government of India for overall cost of projects. Cumulatively till FY10, works in 190,858 villages have been completed and free connections to over 10 million below poverty line households have been released. The REC is the nodal agency under the newly launched SAUBHAGYA Yojana by the present Modi government.
Mr. Daljeet Singh Khatri (Chief Gen. Mang. of Fin. & Accounts)
Mr. Vijay Kumar Arora (Chief Risk Officer)
Mr. Vijay Kumar Singh (Director of Technical & Director)
Ms. Simmi R. Nakra (Chief Vigilance officer)
Mr. Rameswar Prasad Vaishnaw (Exec. Director of HR)
Mr. S. N. Gaikward (Exec. Director of Project Monitoring Division)
Dr. P. Shakil Ahammed (Sr. Exec. Director)
Recognition and Awards
Mr. Ajoy Choudhury (Director of Fin. & Director)
Mr. Jyoti Shubhra Amitabh (Exec. Director of Law, Compliance Officer & Company Sec.)
Mr. Vivek Kumar Dewangan I.A.S. (Chairman & MD)