Veerappa Moily has replaced Jaipal Reddy, the ex oil minister as a part of the recent reshuffle of cabinet unveiled on Sunday. Mr. Moily promises to make an efficient effort to encourage foreign investment in addition to pushing Indian oil companies to assertively bid for foreign oil and gas to cover up the growing demands of energy.
Reliance Industries, controlled by Mukesh Ambani, had clashes with ex oil minister over the issues related to gas production at its KG-D6 block in Andhra Pradesh. Reliance Industries Ltd. along with its partner Bharat Petroleum sought a hike in the prices of gas to cope with the rising expenditure to develop the block. Mr. Moily has promised to take quick and detailed decision though he has declined to address the matter specifically.
The shares of Reliance Industries Ltd. rose, with the appointment of new oil minister, to nearly 2 per cent in view of the potential improvement in the relationship between government and RIL.