An IAS officer of the 2009 batch, Amit Tomar is currently managing director of state power utility Madhya Pradesh Paschim Kshetra Vidyut Vitran Company Limited (MPPKVVCL). In the past, he has served as SDM, CEO at Jabalpur, Sihora, Umaria and Khandwa; and as collector of Umaria and Barwani districts. Earlier, following his selection by the Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission in 2008, he served as deputy collector for a year.
According to Tomar, MPPKVVCL today operates and distributes quality electricity in 15 districts of western Madhya Pradesh, covering a population of around 20 million. The past year has been fairly challenging for the discom, like for other businesses. “Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the discom’s revenue collection has been affected to a great extent. The challenge is to bring it back to a normal level, for which I, along with my team of 18,000 employees and officers, am working tirelessly,” remarks Tomar. The company has prepared an action plan to achieve a revenue collection of Rs 24 billion during the last three months of the current financial year, he adds.
Tomar is also working towards improving the quality of power supply, reducing line losses, ensuring supply standards, redressing consumer complaints, and thereby improving customer satisfaction. Through his proactive approach, continuous qualitative changes have been witnessed, accidents have reduced, and arrears are being reduced continuously. Going forward, a key priority for him is to complete a smart metering project by installing 100 per cent radio frequency smart meters in the cities of Ujjain, Ratlam, Mhow, Khargone and Dewas. Tomar prefers to go on-field to ensure adequate arrangements are in place to achieve last-mile electricity connectivity.
Tomar belongs to the tribal-dominated Alirajpur region, and takes pride in his work for the upliftment of rural areas wherever he has lived. During his days as collector of Barwani, he recalls how he had to walk several kilometres and then go on a boat to reach the needy.
Tomar has various accolades to his credit during his career. He received a state-level award for excellent work during the Narmada Sewa Yatra, and a national award for carrying out challenging work and providing nutritional food in the tribal-dominated Barwani district.
He maintains a healthy lifestyle by spending time amidst greenery and de-stresses by playing with children. He enjoys reading inspirational books and wat-ching interesting programmes on TV.