India nominates SBI chief for MD-COO post at World Bank Wait gets longer for 244 transplant patients at scam-hit Powai hospital
State Bank of India (SBI) chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya will be India’s nominee for the post of managing director and chief operating officer at the World Bank, two senior government functionaries told HT.
If she succeeds, Bhattacharya, 60, will be the first Indian to be holding an important managerial position in an international financial institution. The closest was in 2001 when former deputy chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia was appointed as first director of the independent evaluation office of the International Monetary Fund.
An official at the Prime Minister’s Office said on condition of anonymity that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has agreed to the candidature of Bhattacharya.
Reporting directly to the World Bank president, this post is considered to be the third most important position at the bank responsible for implementation of policy decisions.
Bhattacharya did not respond to telephone calls and text messages from HT on her nomination.
The selection to the post has to be cleared by the World Bank’s board of directors, who are country representatives.
“In return for India helping Washington in ensuring a second term to the incumbent president Jim Yong Kim, this post was offered to us. We will be backing her candidature,” a finance ministry official said.
Nearly 244 patients waiting for an organ transplant at LH Hiranandani Hospital, Powai, are bearing the brunt of the scam that was unearthed at the hospital this year.
The hospital’s organ transplant licence has since been suspended.
Some have reported witnessing discrepancies in the functioning of the hospital’s kidney transplant procedures, and others, who have perhaps been affected the most, found their names had dropped even further down in the priority list after the scam broke out.
The list of patients, made on the basis of age, sex and priority score, was part of the 800-page charge sheet filed by the Powai police in the illegal kidney transplant case that broke out on July 14 at the hospital.
The police said the document was in the custody of Nilesh Kamble, transplant coordinator of the hospital, who was arrested on the same day (July 14).