September 2015 \ Cover Story \ Cover Story: Interview with Oil Minister
“We want to boost private investment in oil industry”

INTERVIEW WITH MR DHARMENDRA PRADHAN, MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE), MINISTRY OF PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS

  • ON CALL: Generally known to keep a low profile, Mr Pradhan is one of the key go-to men when crisis management is required

As Mr Dharmendra Pradhan goes about swiftly meeting with dozens of people at his house in the morning hours, with hundreds more waiting eagerly for an audience, one thing becomes clear—he is very much a part of the BJP’s A Team that has been pressed into service to strengthen the party politically and administratively in the short and medium term. In general, he is more action, than talk. As is amply evident, this 46-year-old Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum and Natural Gas prefers to keep a reasonably low profile, and barring the odd interview, or the occasional press briefing, he is not seen or heard giving too many sound bytes to the Media. The high-profile ministry that he heads boasts of directly overseeing the activities of among others, three of India’s top 7 public


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