“Reliance Industries (RIL) Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani will meet Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia in the morning on Monday,” an official told PTI.
The meeting comes at a time when RIL is facing hurdles in getting clearances for its oil and gas exploration projects. Also, it is facing resistance for approval of its gas price.
RIL is also seen as a bidder in the fortcoming auction of telecom spectrum.
Yojana Bhawan, the Ahluwalia’s office, is being throned by industry top brass ever since Prime Minister Manmohan Singh took direct charge of the portfolio.
Earlier this week, Vodafone India Chairman Analjit Singh and Chairman of UB Group Vijay Mallya had called upon Ahluwlaia.
Officials in the Planning Commission said many more top industrialist are expected to visit Yojna Bhawan in the coming days as Ahluwalia is being seen as key policy maker.
“Ahluwalia is considered close to the Prime Minister and being an important functionary in the government. It is obvious that industrialists will meet him,” a Planning Commission official said.
When Singh, as a Finance Minister ushered India into economic reforms in early 1990s, Ahluwalia was Finance Secretary.
Besides Ahluwalia, Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council chairman C Rangarajan too is likely to play more proactive role as the government is struggling to put India back on path of high growth path.
However, some others in Yojna Bhawan said that top corporates visiting Ahluwalia is a routine affair. In past also when Mukherjee was Finance Minister top industrialists used to visit him.
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