Sarraf shortlisted for PNGRB top job

Vol 20, PW 24 (24 Aug 17) News in Brief

DK Sarraf is inching closer to becoming chairman of gas regulator PNGRB following interviews on July 25.

This report learns the ONGC chairman's name figures on a shortlist of three candidates of five who initially appeared for interview. Competing with Sarraf for the Rs4.5 lakh ($7000/month) position is AK Purwaha, former EIL chairman, who retired on May 31, 2015 and Sanjay Agarwal, a former bureaucrat.

BK Namdeo, a former HPCL director, who retired October 31, 2016, and AK Bishnoi, a former petrochemicals department secretary, failed to make the shortlist. Most predict Sarraf will win the position, if only as a reward for successfully steering ONGC's acquisition of GSPC's Deen Dayal block.

This month (August) the PNGRB also shortlisted three names following interviews for the 'Member - Legal' position: Kiran Nath, who works in a judicial capacity in Delhi; V. Venkadasalam, a lawyer at the Madras High Court and Dr.

SS Chahar, a former 'Member' of the Cyber Appellate Tribunal. All candidates were less than 62 years old by August 1, 2017, as set out in the vacancy advertisement.

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