Dhar­men­dra Pradhan

MoS (IN­DE­PEN­DENT CHARGE) FOR PETROLEUM AND NAT­U­RAL GAS

India Today - - 30 YEARS OF MODI GOVERNMENT | ENERGY -

WHEN DHAR­MEN­DRA PRADHAN took charge, his min­istry was widely ac­cused of be­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of cor­po­rate play­ers, con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion was be­ing leaked ev­ery­day and the web of fuel sub­si­dies cre­ated in­ef­fi­cien­cies, not to men­tion mess­ing up the fi­nances of state-backed oil com­pa­nies. To­day, the leaks have been plugged, cor­po­rate play­ers are be­ing kept at arm’s length and fuel sub­si­dies are on their way out. “If I cre­ate a trans­par­ent en­vi­ron­ment in which de­ci­sions are made with speed or I plug leaks, I am not do­ing any­thing ex­tra­or­di­nary,” he says. “Min­istries should be run like this only.” His suc­cess in ex­e­cut­ing the Ujjwala scheme is seen as a ma­jor fac­tor in the BJP’s land­slide win in UP. Be­sides run­ning his min­istry, Pradhan is also an­chor­ing the BJP’s resur­gence in home state Odisha, script­ing the mas­sive turn­around in its for­tunes in the lo­cal body polls there, against the BJD. Thanks to his po­lit­i­cal/ad­min­is­tra­tive acu­men, he is in the good books of the PM, party chief Amit Shah and the RSS lead­er­ship.

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