Mohanty returns to oil ministry as PS to Aiyar

Vol 8, PW 13 (22 Sep 04) News in Brief

B Mohanty, the joint financial advisor who was promoted as additional financial advisor and transferred to the steel ministry, is coming back to the oil ministry as Personal Secretary to oil minister Mani Shankar Aiyar.

Mohanty will look after the ministers affairs in the oil ministry while Ashutosh Dikshit, Aiyars other PS, will oversee Aiyars Panchayati Raj (local self government) portfolio. Mohanty received his transfer orders in late July but has been lobbying ceaselessly to remain in the oil ministry.

Mohanty wanted to assume the post of financial advisor after his boss Badal Kumar Das was transferred out of the oil ministry but the finance ministry turned it down. Mohanty continued his efforts to return to the oil ministry after joining the steel ministry on 6th September.

Success came when Aiyar asked him to be his PS. Papers have been moved and the orders should be out within three weeks, Mohanty tells this report.