Sujay Mehdudia

NEW DELHI: The Union Government is understood to have cleared the appointment of R.S. Pandey as the new Petroleum Secretary to replace the present incumbent, M.S. Srinivasan, who retires on July 31.

Mr. Pandey, a 1972-batch IAS officer from the Nagaland cadre, is at present the Secretary Steel. Mr. Srinivasan retires from the Petroleum Ministry after putting in two and half years of service. There was no official word on the appointment of Mr. Pandey, but informed sources confirmed the development. Mr. Pandey will have a 17-month stint as the Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.