Former ONGC chief, Subir Raha, passes away

Subir Raha, former chairman of government-run Oil and Natural Gas Corp
New Delhi:
Subir Raha, former chairman of government-run Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC), died of cancer today.  He was 62.

Raha was diagnosed with lung cancer last year. According to family sources Raha was taken critically ill about a week back and was undergoing treatment at a private hospital here.

He died at around 1522 hrs.

A poster boy for government-run organisations not so many years back, Raha was arguably the most influential chairman state-owned ONGC ever had- for that matter, any chairman of any government-run organisation has ever had.

Undoubtedly, he was responsible for single-handedly transforming ONGC into one of the most valuable companies in India, leaving even fancied brand names in the private sector trailing in his slipstream.

He was an embodiment of qualities that government-run organisations, and its employees, are not supposed to display - vision, aggression, efficiency and exceptional dynamism. It was during his tenure that ONGC became the nation's largest oil and gas producer.