Bhargava wants to be telecoms secretary

Vol 16, PW 16 (07 Mar 13) News in Brief

Special secretary Sudhir Bhargava wants to move out of the oil ministry to become telecommunications secretary, replacing R.

Chandrashekhar, who retires on March 31. Bhargava, 58, was promoted to special secretary from additional secretary on January 11.

“Bhargava is lobbying to become telecoms secretary,” says an observer. “He wanted to become textile secretary in January," we hear, “but failed.

” Four of 18 other IAS officers promoted to special secretary on January 11 have won secretary assignments. "It's Bhargava's turn," says an oil ministry official.

Bhargava joined the oil ministry on March 1, 2010 as additional secretary from the fertiliser ministry where he was joint secretary. Born on January 12, 1955, Bhargava joined the IAS from Rajasthan in 1979.

He is handling the proposed 1680-km TAPI gas pipeline from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan and Pakistan. Bhargava is also the government's nominee on GAIL’s board.