PM too busy to confirm Raju as new JS

Vol 10, PW 12 (05 Oct 06) News in Brief

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is apparently too busy to approve DN Narasimha Raju as the oil ministrys joint secretary exploration to succeed Sunjoy Joshi who stepped down on 31st July.

PETROWATCH learns Rajus file has been lying in the PMO (Prime Ministers Office) for the past two weeks awaiting approval by the ACC (Appointments Committee of the Cabinet) headed by Singh. The prime ministers signature is just a formality, says a source.

Singhs punishing travel schedule, we hear, has left him little time to sign off on Rajus file. After the ACC approves Rajus name, formal orders will be issued for his appointment.

Raju is in Bangalore as finance secretary in the Karnataka state government. Born in 1956, he joined government service in 1984 and first came to Delhi in 1994 as deputy secretary in the department of economic affairs.

He returned to Karnataka in 1999. Raju graduated in agricultural economics and is a post-graduate in horticulture.

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