Whispers of Atanu Chakraborty leaving DGH...

Vol 20, PW 22 (27 Jul 17) People & Policy

Whispers are circulating that DGH director general Atanu Chakraborty might soon be moving out, possibly even to the oil ministry as secretary.

"Who is replacing our boss?" a DGH source asked PETROWATCH last week. "Have you heard any names?" In May Chakraborty's name was on a list published by the Department of Personnel and Training of 20 civil service officers who joined in 1985 and who have been promoted to secretary rank.

"It's only a matter of time before he moves out of the DGH," speculates another DGH source. "No secretary level officer would want to stay here." An industry source speculates that Chakraborty might replace oil secretary KD Tripathi who retires in June 2018 from the post he has held since May 1, 2015.

Yet another source says Chakraborty can count on the support of oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan if he decides to move. "Pradhan likes Chakraborty," we learn.

"He (Pradhan) is happy with the outcome of the first Discovered Small Fields (DSF) round (concluded in March) and the launch of the (much-delayed) National Data Repository and the OALP also happened with Chakraborty in charge." Chakraborty moved to the DGH in February 2016 and is credited with streamlining operations. "There is only one man who is in charge at the DGH," comments an operator.

"And that is the DG himself."

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