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Ashok Varma appointed ONGC Director (Onshore)

In first oil PSU appointment by the new NDA government, Ashok Varma has been appointed Director (Onshore) of Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC).
Prior to his joining as Director (Onshore) on 19 June, he was heading ONGC's Eastern Offshore Asset at Kakinada, where he was instrumental in putting the Eastern Offshore Asset on production.

‘Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India vide letter dated 19 June, 2014, has appointed Ashok Varma, as Director (Onshore), ONGC,’ the company said in a filing to the stock exchange.

Earlier, Varma steered Imperial Energy in Russia, a subsidiary of the ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL), as the Chief Executive Officer and played an important role in the Sakhalin project in Far East Russia. The post of Director (Onshore) had been lying vacant since October 2012 when A K Hazarika super-annuated.

Government headhunters PESB had K Sataynarayana, Group General Manager of ONGC, to fill the vacancy but he could not get clearance from anti-corruption watchdog CVC.

The ministry then forwarded the name of Varma for clearances from anti-corruption agencies. After his name was cleared, it was forwarded to the Appointments Commitee of the Cabinet headed by the Prime Minister.
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