Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas

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The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas
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Agency overview
JurisdictionIndiaRepublic of India
Annual budget42,901 crore (US$6.0 billion) (2020-21 est.) [1]
Agency executives

The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MOP&NG) is a ministry of the Government of India. It is responsible for the exploration, production, refining, distribution, marketing, import, export, and conservation of petroleum, natural gas, petroleum products, and liquefied natural gas in India.

The ministry is headed by the Cabinet Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. Dr M M Kutty is the Secretary of the Ministry.[2]

Important areas of work allocated to the Ministry[edit]

  • Exploration and exploitation of petroleum resources, including natural gas.
  • Production, supply distribution, marketing and pricing of petroleum including natural gas and petroleum products.
  • Oil refineries, including Lube plants.
  • Additives for petroleum and petroleum products.
  • Lube blending and greases.
  • Planning, development and control of, and assistance to all industries dealt with by the Ministry.
  • All attached or subordinate offices or other organisations concerned with any of the subject specified in this list.
  • Planning, development and regulation of oilfield services.
  • Public sector projects failing under the subjects included in this list,
  • Engineers India limited and IBP Company. together with its subsidiaries, except such projects as are specifically allotted to any other Ministry/Dept,
  • Administration of various Central laws relating to Petroleum and Natural Gas

List Of Ministers[edit]

No Portrait Name Term of office Party Prime Minister
1 Humayun Kabir 21 November 1963 24 January 1966 Indian National Congress Jawaharlal Nehru
Lal Bahadur Shastri
2 O. V. Alagesan
(Independent Charge)
24 January 1966 12 March 1967 Indira Gandhi
3 Asoka Mehta 13 March 1967 22 August 1968
4 Kotha Raghuramaiah
(Independent Charge)
22 August 1968 14 February 1969
5 Triguna Sen 2010 stamp of India.jpg Triguna Sen 14 February 1969 18 March 1971
6 Dajisaheb Chavan
(MoS, Independent Charge)
18 March 1971 02 May 1971
7 Prakash Chandra Sethi 02 May 1971 29 January 1972
8 H. R. Gokhale 29 January 1972 05 February 1973
9 Dev Kant Baruah.jpg Devakanta Barua 05 February 1973 10 October 1974
10 Keshav Dev Malviya 10 October 1974 24 March 1977
11 Morarji Desai During his visit to the United States of America .jpg Morarji Desai 26 March 1977 28 March 1977 Janata Party Morarji Desai
12 Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna 2018 stamp of India.jpg H. N. Bahuguna 28 March 1977 15 July 1979
13 Ravindra Varma 15 July 1979 28 July 1979
14 T. A. Pai 28 July 1979 24 August 1979 Janata Party (Secular) Charan Singh
15 Aravinda Bala Pajanor 24 August 1979 23 December 1979 All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
16 Charan Singh.jpg Charan Singh 23 December 1979 27 December 1979 Janata Party (Secular)
17 S. N. Kacker 27 December 1979 14 January 1980
18 Indira Gandhi 1974 (cropped).jpg Indira Gandhi 14 January 1980 16 January 1980 Indian National Congress Indira Gandhi
(7) Prakash Chandra Sethi 16 January 1980 07 March 1980
19 Virendra Patil 07 March 1980 19 October 1980
(7) Prakash Chandra Sethi 19 October 1980 15 January 1982
20 P Shiv Shankar 15 January 1982 31 December 1984 Indira Gandhi
Rajiv Gandhi
21 Nawal Kishore Sharma
(Independent Charge)
31 December 1984 20 January 1986 Rajiv Gandhi
22 Chandrashekhar Singh
(Independent Charge)
20 January 1986 24 June 1986
23 Shri Narayan Dutt Tiwari.jpg N. D. Tiwari 24 June 1986 22 October 1986
24 Brahm Dutt
(Independent Charge)
22 October 1986 02 December 1989
25 V. P. Singh (cropped).jpg V. P. Singh 2 December 1989 6 December 1989 Janata Dal V. P. Singh
26 M. S. Gurupadaswamy 6 December 1989 10 November 1990
27 Chandra Shekhar Singh.jpg Chandra Shekhar 10 November 1990 21 November 1990 Samajwadi Janata Party (Rashtriya) Chandra Shekhar
28 Satya Prakash Malaviya 21 November 1990 21 June 1991
29 B. Shankaranand 21 June 1991 18 January 1993 Indian National Congress P. V. Narasimha Rao
30 Satish Sharma
(Independent Charge)
18 January 1993 16 May 1996
31 Atal Bihari Vajpayee.jpg Atal Bihari Vajpayee 16 May 1996 1 June 1996 Bharatiya Janata Party Atal Bihari Vajpayee
32 H. D. Deve Gowda.jpg H. D. Deve Gowda 1 June 1996 21 April 1997 Janata Dal H. D. Deve Gowda
33 Inder Kumar Gujral 017.jpg I. K. Gujral 21 April 1997 9 June 1997 I. K. Gujral
34 Janeshwar Mishra 9 June 1997 19 March 1998 Samajwadi Party
35 Vazhappady K. Ramamurthy 19 March 1998 13 October 1999 Tamizhaga Rajiv Congress width="4px" bgcolor="Template:Tamizhaga Rajiv Congress/meta/color" rowspan=1| Atal Bihari Vajpayee
36 Governor of Uttar Pradesh Ram Naik.jpg Ram Naik 13 October 1999 22 May 2004 Bharatiya Janata Party
37 Mani Shankar Aiyar addressing the Press Conference on 4th NE Business Summit to be held in Guwahati on 15th & 16th September 2008, in New Delhi on September 11, 2008.jpg Mani Shankar Aiyar 22 May 2004 29 January 2005 Indian National Congress Manmohan Singh
38 The Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Murli Deora addressing at the Ministerial Conference on “Energy in a changing World” at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris on May 31, 2007.jpg Murli Deora 29 January 2005 20 January 2011
39 Jaipal Sudini Reddy - Kolkata 2004-11-10 03212 Cropped.jpg S. Jaipal Reddy 20 January 2011 29 October 2012
40 A delegation of Central Committee of Communist Party of China calling on the Union Minister for Law & Justice, Dr. M. Veerappa Moily.jpg M. Veerappa Moily 29 October 2012 26 May 2014
41 The Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan being greeted by the Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Dr. M.M. Kutty, in New Delhi on May 31, 2019 (cropped).jpg Dharmendra Pradhan
(Independent Charge till 3 September 2017)
26 May 2014 7 July 2021 Bharatiya Janata Party Narendra Modi
42 Shri Hardeep Singh Puri in July 2021.jpg Hardeep Singh Puri 7 July 2021 Incumbent

List of Ministers of State[edit]

Ministers of State in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas
Minister of state Portrait Political party Term Days
Dinsha Patel Dinsha J. Patel addressing at the inauguration of the 53rd Meeting of the Central Geological Programming Board & Exhibition on the theme of Marine & Coastal Studies and IGC-2020 activities of GSI, in New Delhi.jpg Indian National Congress 2006 2009
Jitin Prasada The Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Shri Jitin Prasada addressing at the International Literacy Day celebrations, in New Delhi on September 08, 2013.jpg Indian National Congress 26 May 2009 18 Jan 2011 602 days
R. P. N. Singh Indian National Congress 19 Jan 2011 28 Oct 2012 648 days
Panabaka Lakshmi Indian National Congress 28 Oct 2012 17 May 2014 566 days
Rameswar Teli Bharatiya Janata Party 7 July 2021 Incubment 875 days

Central Public Sector Units[edit]

The ministry has ownership over these seven central public sector undertakings of the Government of India.


Research Institute[edit]

Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology[4][edit]

RGIPT is a training and education institute that gives technical and management training to the petroleum industry and was formally opened on July 2008. The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MOP&NG), Government of India founded the institute through an Act of Parliament ("Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology Act 2007").[4]


  • Jais Campus: Started academic sessions in June 2008 at a temporary campus at Rae Bareli. On 15 October 2016, the institute moved from temporary campus to the permanent campus at Jais.[5]
  • Noida Campus: Besides main center at Jais, Amethi, the RGIPT also have this campus for MBA and related courses.
  • Assam Campus: New campus is under construction at Sivasagar, Assam. In consonance with the charter of RGIPT, the primary objective of the Assam Center of RGIPT is envisaged to offer programmes of education and training of skilled technical manpower at the diploma and advance diploma levels including B.Sc - M.Sc integrated courses in various areas in the domain of the petroleum sector as per requirements of the oil, gas and petrochemical industry.[6][7] On 13 May 2017, Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal and Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan jointly launched the full swing construction work of second campus at Sivasagar, Assam.[8]
  • Bangalore Campus: In July 2013, Karnataka government agreed to offer 200 acres of land to set up the Bangalore centre which is going to be the Asia's first centre on fire and safety for oil and gas sector.[9] The institute will start functioning from 2018-19 academic year and it is purely for research in energy policy and science and technology as it is related to petroleum and energy. The institute coming up will cost Rs.1,000 crore.[10]

IIPE (Indian Institute Of Petroleum And Energy)[edit]

Pandit Deendayal Energy University[edit]


On 20 February 2015, A group of seven Indian petroleum ministry and oil firm employees were arrested for allegedly stealing and leaking classified documents to energy companies in exchange for cash payments. The group stole, photocopied and leaked confidential oil ministry documents related to energy pricing and policy in exchange for undisclosed sums of money. They were apprehended when Delhi police received a tip that the men were trying to break into offices at the ministry.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. "Union Budget 2020-21 Analysis" (PDF). 2020.
  2. "Dr M M Kutty appointed as new Petroleum Secretary". 19 May 2018 – via National Political Mirror.
  3. Mehdudia, Sujay (28 July 2013). "HPCL slams door on Iran for crude oil imports". The Hindu. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Sonia to lay foundation for Rajiv Gandhi Petroleum Institute in Rae Bareli - TopNews".
  5. "Pradhan takes jibe at Rahul over kurta-pajama remark - Times of India". Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  6. ":: Welcome to Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology ::". Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  7. "Centre committed to development of Assam, northeast: Manmohan - The Hindu". Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  8. "'Bhumi pujan' for multi-specialty hospital in Assam".
  9. "RGIPT to set up Rs 355 crore research centre in Bangalore | Business Standard News". Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  10. "Soon, Karnataka to get petroleum research institute".
  11. "Seven arrested in India classified document theft-for-cash scheme". Petro Global News. Retrieved 23 February 2015.

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