MoS (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS
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.