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Petroleum ministry in hunt for younger bureaucrat for DGH

New Delhi: Four months after giving charge
of oil and gas field regulator DGH to a senior bureaucrat, the petroleum ministry has begun a search for the full-time
upstream regulator, seeking a technocrat of no more than 56
years old.

 Petroleum ministry in hunt for younger bureaucrat for DGH

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The ministry issued an advertisement seeking applications for the post of Director General, Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) within 30 days from officers of central or state government, recognised research institutions, PSUs,
semi-government and autonomous statutory organisations.

The appointment, the advertisement said, would be on "deputation" basis for a maximum period of five years or
completion of 60 years, whichever is earlier.

The applicant must hold a Master's degree in geology or
geophysics or petroleum geology with 16 years of experience in upstream oil and gas sector or a Bachelor's degree in the same subjects.

"The maximum age limit for appointment by deputation shall be not exceeding 56 years as on the last date of receipt
of applications," the advertisement said.

In June, Ajay Prakash Sawhney, additional secretary in Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas was given additional
charge of DGH upon superannuation of Director General, BN
Talukdar.

Talukdar superannuated on 30 June after completing an
extended tenure.

Talukdar, who took over as the head of the DGH on 6 February
2014, was to superannuate on 31 December 2014 after turning 60. He, however, was given a six-month extension till 30 June.

DGH, which traditionally was headed by a technocrat, for the first time in its history saw a bureaucrat being appointed as Director General when in June 2012 Rajiv Nayan Choubey, a 1981 batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre, was handpicked for the job.

The appointment of a bureaucrat as the head of a highly technical arm of the oil ministry had raised eyebrows then as it was not clear how the selection was made without the post being advertised. Also, no selection panel was formed to choose from among the eligible candidates, it was said then.

Choubey was appointed the head of DGH after the then director general, SK Srivastava moved to OIL as the CMD.

Srivastava, who was director (operations) at OIL in 2009, was made the temporary head of DGH to replace the controversial VK Sibal, in October 2009. He was formally
appointed director general, DGH in February, 2010.

Prior to his temporary charge, Srivastava was deputy director general, DGH under Sibal.

Talukdar was selected by a government search panel in August 2013 and it took more than six months for his appointment to be confirmed.

DGH is a regulatory body that reviews and monitors all aspects of petroleum operations ensuring the optimal
exploitation of petroleum resources consistent with sound
technological and economic practices in compliance with
standard practices in international petroleum industry
relating to safety and environmental aspects.

"The organisation also provides technical advice to the
ministry on issues relevant to the exploration and optimal
exploitation of petroleum resources both within the country
and abroad," the advertisement said.

PTI

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Updated Date: Nov 05, 2015 18:57:36 IST