Dharmendra Pradhan is the Cabinet Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel in the Government of India. Shri Pradhan began his second consecutive tenure at the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas becoming the first such incumbent in the history of independent India. As a Member of Parliament, Shri Pradhan currently represents Madhya Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha and was earlier a member of the 14th Lok Sabha. Born on June 26th, 1969, he hails from the city of Talcher in Odisha.
In his previous tenure as the Minister for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (2017-19), Shri Pradhan also launched many key initiatives focusing on reskilling and up skilling the manpower of India and focusing on bridging the skill gap for the Indian youth.
A post – graduate from Utkal University in Bhubaneswar in Anthropology, he has been actively pursuing several issues concerning the youth, such as unemployment, the lack of skill-based education, rehabilitation and resettlement of farmers, and has played a major role in mobilizing the youth in Odisha.
It is vital to note the recent initiative of Petroleum Ministry for start-up entrepreneurs with a large corpus fund of INR 320 Crore to support innovations & technology in energy sector as part of industrial revolution 4.0 of information technology.