Atanu calls in the experts to prepare for DGH

Vol 19, PW 14 (24 Mar 16) People & Policy

Like a student revising for exams, GSPC managing director Atanu Chakraborty is taking his imminent four-year assignment as DGH boss extremely seriously.

"From the day his appointment was announced on February 24," reports a GSPC colleague, "he has been studying India's upstream sector in great detail - regularly and religiously." He adds that a steady stream of upstream experts and professors from the GSPC and Reliance promoted Pandit Deen Dayal Petroleum University (PDPU) have been regularly visiting Chakraborty in his office to give him personal tutorials on crucial technical areas that will help him in his role as DGH chief. "Chakraborty took the initiative to seek guidance from these people," adds our source.

"He wants to be ready for the job technically. Chakraborty is a systematic and methodical administrator, he grasps complex subjects fast." Another GSPC source says Chakraborty will revitalise the DGH and bring to bear valuable experience gained managing GSPC's troubled offshore shallow water Deen Dayal field.

No doubt his excellent working relationship with oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan will help. "Most people think the DGH does the ministry's bidding," we hear.

"Don't expect this from Chakraborty; he knows where to draw the line." Chakraborty is currently in New Delhi following the death of his father on March 15 and is likely to be relieved of his GSPC duties in April.

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