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At the helm of oil and urban affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri is today the guest of Adda

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As Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs and Petroleum and Natural Gas with ministerial rank, diplomat-turned-politician Hardeep Singh Puri heads departments and ministries that play a critical role in influencing the India’s growth story.

As a diplomat and former Union civil aviation minister, Puri – the Express Adda guest on Friday – was one of four ministers tasked with coordinating the government’s massive effort to evacuate Indian students stranded in Ukraine after Russia attacked the first in February. 24.

In his role as Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Puri is tasked with increasing domestic production of crude oil and natural gas, while creating a gas-based economy that involves a renewed focus on improving availability. and the use of cleaner fossil resources. fuel.

With the recent reduction in excise duties on petrol and diesel and government intervention to ensure the addition of heavily discounted Russian crude oil into its overall supply basket, the Minister has his work cut out for him. ensure that the impact of the global fuel price spiral is as transitory as possible, given the inflationary spiral.

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Inflation based on the retail or consumer price index has remained above the Reserve Bank of India’s upper 6% range for five consecutive months, prompting the central bank to raise policy rates and killing what little demand the economy has seen as India emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic.

As Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, Puri has an overall mandate on urban infrastructure development, at a time when infrastructure in most Indian cities is under immense pressure, including resources. water supply, sanitation, housing for all. , as well as the task of leveraging the use of data, technology and innovation in city planning and management.

An Indian foreign service officer in 1974, Puri also served as India’s permanent representative to the United Nations between 2009 and 2013 before joining the Bharatiya Janata party in 2014.

As part of its urban re-engineering mandate, Puri is in charge of major Narendra Modi government flagship projects such as Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Urban (PMAY-U), Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, among others. His ministry is also overseeing the ambitious Central Vista redevelopment project to remodel India’s seat of power at Raisina Hill.

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At Express Adda, Puri will speak with Anant Goenka, Executive Director, The Indian Express Group and P Vaidyanathan Iyer, Editor-in-Chief, The Indian Express.

The Express Adda is a series of informal interactions organized by The Indian Express Group and features those at the center of change. When the talks were held online during the Covid-19 pandemic, Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Union Road Transport and Highways and MSMEs Minister Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Union Education Ramesh Pokhriyal, AIIMS Director Dr. Randeep Guleria and former Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian were among the guests at e-Adda.

Distinguished guests of past editions of Express Adda include Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Nobel Laureates Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, Chief Economic Adviser Krishnamurthy Subramanian, cancer scientist and award-winning author Pulitzer Prize winner Dr Siddhartha Mukherjee, and cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara.