In all likelihood new DGH boss will be a 'Babu'

Vol 19, PW 10 (28 Jan 16) People & Policy

Here’s bad news for seven candidates who applied to be the new DGH director general.

It looks like the whole process has turned into a farce as the oil ministry seriously considers cancelling interviews and directly appointing a government bureaucrat. When asked by this report to confirm these rumours on January 20, oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan sidestepped the question and said: “Let’s talk about it another time.

” Pradhan was at the Taj Palace hotel in Delhi hosting a reception dinner to welcome delegates and ministers from 24 African countries at the fourth India Africa Hydrocarbons Conference. “The ministry thinks it is better to appoint an IAS officer than somebody from industry,” says a ministry source.

“The file on selection of the DG has been with Pradhan since January 18. He will most likely send it to the DoPT for comments before taking a decision.

" A fortnight ago the ministry began shortlisting candidates from the seven people who sent in CVs by December 20: five from ONGC and two from Oil India. "I heard there were very few suitable candidates," says a director with a state-owned exploration company.

He adds the problem is the ministry wants candidates under 56. And few were attracted by the Rs67,000-79,000/month ($990-$1200) basic salary in line with central government pay scales and an annual pay rise of 3% in addition to house rent, medical insurance and conveyance allowances.

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