Coal In­dia Ltd on a re­cruit­ment spree


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Coal In­dia is on a re­cruit­ment binge. The state run miner has de­cided to hire 4,500 fresh grad­u­ates from IITS and NITS to the man­age­ment cadre in the next three years begin­ning next month. It will also re­cruit an ad­di­tional 40,000 work­men at the same time.

“We will re­cruit man­age­ment of­fi­cials from cam­puses -mostly from IITS and NITS. Re­quire­ment for the year is about 1,000 and 3,500 over the next three years,“said R Mo­han Das, the Di­rec­tor-per­sonal at Coal In­dia.

“Work­men would be tech­ni­cal peo­ple and would be di­ploma hold­ers, min­ing sar­dars, over­seers, elec­tri­cal work­ers, fit­tings ex­perts, dumper op­er­a­tors and other equip­ment op­er­a­tors. They are di­rectly re­cruited by the sub­sidiary com­pa­nies. It is es­ti­mated that the sub­sidiaries would re­quire around 40,000 peo­ple in the next three years,“he said.

It is es­ti­mated that around 45,000 work­men will re­tire dur­ing this pe­riod. Around 15,000 have been re­tir­ing ev­ery year for the past cou­ple of years and the trend is ex­pected to con­tinue for three more years.

Those re­tir­ing are mostly legacy work­men, whom the staterun com­pany in­her­ited when coal pro­duc­tion was na­tion­alised in 1975. The low­est age of work­men in­ducted into the com­pany dur­ing that pe­riod was 18 years. By 2017-18, all these employees will have at­tained at least 42 years of ser­vice and will re­tire. Cur­rently, the to­tal num­ber of employees are around 3.2 lakh out of which around 19,000 are of­fi­cers.

Re­tire­ment of a large num­ber of work­men will re­sult in the share of salary and wages in cost of pro­duc­tion to de­cline from 35-40% to 50% now. Con­sid­er­ing a rea­son­able rate of in­fla­tion, to­tal cost of coal pro­duc­tion, as a re­sult, is also ex­pected to fall by at least 10% and per-per­son pro­duc­tiv­ity per shift is ex­pected to rise to at least 9 tonne from 4.5 tonne now. At present, the sin­gle largest com­po­nent in the cost of pro­duc­tion of coal at Coal In­dia is wages and salaries. It was about 43-44% some time back, but has in­creased to 50% af­ter the re­cent in­crease in wages.

CIL has in­her­ited seven lakh workforce dur­ing na­tion­al­i­sa­tion. The work­ers were mostly coal fil­ers and coal cut­ters with no for­mal ed­u­ca­tion. In fact, any­one who had his or her name regis­tered with the pri­vate min­ers be­fore na­tion­al­i­sa­tion be­came a CIL em­ployee even with­out any ed­u­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tion or age cer­tifi­cate.

“Fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of a large chunk of work­men, CIL will strive for greater mech­a­ni­sa­tion and in­creased out­sourc­ing of coal pro­duc­tion. This is ex­pected to in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity mas­sively,“said a CIL di­rec­tor.

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