More delay expected in hunt for new DGH boss

Vol 19, PW 11 (11 Feb 16) People & Policy

No surprise to hear the oil ministry is getting tangled up in a web of its own making in the saga to appoint a DGH director general.

In our last issue we said the ministry wanted to scrap interviews and directly appoint a government bureaucrat. Unfortunately it's become more complicated following the government's 'notification' of new Rules of Recruitment in January.

Because the only way an IAS officer can be appointed is if those rules are amended and this can take months. Eligibility criteria, age limit, qualifications and the pay scale are some of the areas covered by the Rules of Recruitment cleared by the ministry on October 28, 2015 after consultation with the Department of Personnel and Training.

And there's still no word from oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan who is sitting on a list of candidates shortlisted for interview that he's had since January 18. "Pradhan probably has someone in mind who doesn't qualify," speculates a ministry source.

By now the file was expected to reach the DoPT for comments. "We don't know what's going on," admits another ministry source.

"Call Pradhan or the oil secretary (KD Tripathi). They will tell you when interviews are likely." Only three of seven candidates who applied by December 20, 2015 meet the age and qualification requirements laid down in the November 2015 advertisement.

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