B.N. Talukdar to be new DGH1 min read . Updated: 13 Aug 2013, 10:35 PM IST
Talukdar will replace Rajiv Nayan Choubey at the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons
Talukdar will replace a bureaucrat at the oil ministry’s technical advisory arm for exploration and production.
Sources privy to the development said Talukdar was selected by a search committee after interviewing seven shortlisted candidates last week.
Talukdar, 58, a petroleum engineering graduate from the prestigious Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, has been head of OIL’s exploration, development, reservoir management and drilling activities since December 2007.
In all, 17 candidates had applied for the job of director general of the DGH. Of these, seven including Talukdar, ONGC executive director Anand Sahu and OIL director (human resources and business development) Nripendra Kumar Bharali were shortlisted by a screening committee for interviews.
A search committee headed by oil secretary Vivek Rae interviewed and shortlisted the applicants last week. The panel also comprises Syamal Kumar Sarkar, secretary to the department of personnel and training, and Thirumalachari Ramasami, secretary, science & technology. S.V. Rao, former director exploration of ONGC, is an expert member on the committee.
More than a year after Rajiv Nayan Choubey, a 1981 batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre was handpicked to head DGH, the oil ministry wanted the agency to be headed by technocrat and advertised the post. The appointment of a bureaucrat as the head of the 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. There was also no selection panel formed to choose among eligible candidates, it was pointed out.
The term of director general, DGH will be for five years or till the incumbent completes the age of superannuation of 60 years, whichever is earlier, they said.
Choubey, a post-graduate in Physics, was development commissioner (handlooms) in the ministry of textiles before becoming director general, DGH. He was appointed head of DGH after the then director general, DGH, S.K. Srivastava moved to OIL as the chairman and managing director.
Srivastava, who was director (operations) at OIL in 2009, was made the temporary head of DGH to replace the controversial V.K. Sibal, in October 2009. He was formally appointed director general, DGH in February, 2010. Prior to his temporary charge, he was deputy director general, DGH under Sibal.