Panel approves name of former Energy Secretary Sanjeev Sahai for the post of Chairman of PNGRB, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld
Previously, a search committee headed by VK Saraswat, member (S&T), NITI Aayog, cleared the name of Sahai, a 1986 IAS officer who retired as secretary of the power ministry on January 31. of this year. Sahai’s name was cleared following interviews on Wednesday. Initially, Sahai’s name was not on the list of candidates the jury sent out for interviews last month.
Sahai’s name was added after Petroleum Secretary Tarun Kapoor, who “approved” the candidacy of former IOC Marketing Director Gurmeet Singh to be added to the roster even though he had not initially applied, asked panel members on May 28 afternoon to include more names who they think are fit for the job.
As a result, Sahai was approached and his name was included in the probable list on May 30. Sahai was the last officer to be questioned by the Committee on Wednesday.
The jury of the selection committee, which includes the secretaries of the ministries of petroleum and trade, the secretary of legal affairs and the secretary of economic affairs, interviewed 8 to 9 candidates, including those who had applied and those that the members of the jury deemed appropriate and invited.
Successful candidates will now be referred to the Cabinet Appointments Committee (CAC) for decision. The ACC will decide after having obtained the vigilance authorization. Whereas previously only those who had retired as chairman of public sector companies or senior officials were considered for the leadership position of the PNGRB, now directors of PSUs are also included for selection.
According to the selection standards, the candidates should have been confirmed by any member of the jury. Other candidates interviewed by the selection committee on June 2 included retired bureaucrat Avinash Kumar Srivastava, former CGSB president Shashi Shanker and former CGSB director Sanjay Kumar Moitra.
The post of president of the PNGRB has been vacant since December 4, 2020, when Dinesh K Sarraf completed his three-year term. The Council, which has four members in addition to the president, is almost gone with only one serving member.
The search committee selected former GAIL directors Gajendra Singh and AK Tiwari to fill two-member positions.