Gur­deep Singh takes charge as NTPC CMD

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Gur­deep Singh, 51, has joined as NTPC CMD in New Delhi. A Me­chan­i­cal En­gi­neer by pro­fes­sion, he has over 28 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in power gen­er­a­tion sec­tor. He started his ca­reer with NTPC Lts and has worked at var­i­ous level in both In­dian and multi­na­tional cor­po­ra­tions, namely Pow­er­gen, CLP, IDFC, CESC and AES.

He has worked in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the power sec­tor, rang­ing from busi­ness de­vel­op­ment, projects and op­er­a­tions. Prior to join­ing NTPC, Singh was Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Gu­jarat State Elec­tric­ity Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited. Gur­deep Singh is the first per­son to be ap­pointed to the top job at a Ma­haratna com­pany through a search com­mit­tee route.

Govern­ment head­hunters, Pub­lic En­ter­prise Se­lec­tion Board (PESB) nor­mally selects board ap­pointees to state-owned firms but in case of NTPC, a Search-cum-se­lec­tion Com­mit­tee was con­sti­tuted af­ter Arup Roy Choud­hury was de­nied an ex­ten­sion of ser­vice in Au­gust.

The Ap­point­ments Com­mit­tee of the Cab­i­net (ACC) headed by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi ap­proved the ap­point­ment of Singh for a pe­riod of five years from the date of as­sump­tion of charge of the post, of­fi­cial sources said. Singh was se­lected af­ter the Com­mit­tee headed by PESB chair­man Ajit Seth in­ter­viewed eight short­listed can­di­dates out of a list of 24 who had ap­plied for the job.

The post of chair­man and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor at NTPC fell va­cant af­ter Choud­hury com­pleted his five year term on 31 Au­gust last year. He was ap­pointed as head of In­dia’s largest power pro­ducer by the UPA govern­ment in Septem­ber 2010 for five years, which was ex­tend­able till he at­tains re­tire­ment age of 60 years.

He was to achieve the re­tire­ment age in De­cem­ber 2016. Af­ter his exit, A K Jha, di­rec­tor (Tech­ni­cal), NTPC was given ad­di­tional charge of the post of CMD.

Chowd­hury was the se­cond PSU head who was not al­lowed to con­tinue till re­tire­ment af­ter com­plet­ing a five-year term. Ear­lier in June, the govern­ment had de­nied ex­ten­sion to C S Verma as head of Ma­haratna PSU Steel Au­thor­ity of In­dia Ltd (SAIL).

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