New Delhi: Strongly refuting charges of transferring an officer for being tough on Reliance Industries, Oil Minister M. Veerappa Moily on Tuesday said he will resign if even an iota of evidence was produced against him.
Mr. Moily said that Giridhar Aramane, the Joint Secretary in his Ministry, has not been transferred as is being alleged by CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta.
Mr. Aramane, 50, a 1988-batch IAS officer of the Andhra Pradesh cadre who was appointed Joint Secretary Exploration by Mr. Moily’s predecessor S.
Jaipal Reddy, will continue in the same capacity and only some of his responsibilities like unconventional resources and gas pricing, have been shifted to another Joint Secretary, he said.
With the government already taking a decision on how all domestically produced gas will be priced from April 2014 to 2019, only the implementation remains and not much work is left on the pricing front. Exploration division, where RIL has faced most hurdles in getting clearances, will continue to remain with Mr. Aramane, he added.
“I am telling you again and again, our conscience is very clear. We have not taken any decision to respond to anybody’s needs. (If there is) even an iota of evidence, let them show, I will not be there the next day in this seat”, Mr. Moily said responding to charges levelled by Mr. Dasgupta.
The changes being made are part of work distribution so as to lessen burden of overworked employees, he said. “Even after nine months (in Oil Ministry) I have not changed even a director. That (allegation of Joint Secretary being transferred) is not correct. It is redistribution of work.”
“We are prepared to face anybody... but this kind of reckless allegation, personal allegation will not augur well for a respected member”, he said without naming Mr. Dasgupta.
Mr. Moily questioned how Mr. Dasgupta was able to lay his hand on Cabinet notes on gas pricing even before they go to the Cabinet or his notes before they become an order.