PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS MINISTER
CLEAR BRIEF He replaced Murli Deora in January and was expected to boost investment in the hydrocarbon sector. SLIPPERY SLOPE The ministry is yet to clear the $9-billion Cairn-vedanta deal inked in August 2010.
ONGC, a company with a Rs 60,000-crore turnover, remained headless from January to October this year because of serious differences within the ministry over selection. Heads of state-owned oil companies refused to talk to the minister for almost six months. They were upset with Reddy for refusing to hike prices of petro products.