Four in race for CMD’S post at Coal India
PUBLIC ENTERPRISES SELECTION BOARD INVITED APPLICATIONS FOR THE TOP JOB. THE LAST DATE TO APPLY WAS MAY 18
The captains of four subsidiaries of Coal India are in the race to bag the top job at the mother company, as Sutirtha Bhattacharya, chairman-cum-managing director (CMD) of Coal India Ltd, heads towards retirement in August this year.
According to sources, Western Coalfields CMD R R Mishra, Mahanadi Coalfields CMD A K Jha, Central Coalfields CMD Gopal Singh and Central Mine Planning & Design Institute Chairman Shekhar Saran have applied for the position. The source added that there might be external candidates (non-coal India) as well.
The Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB), on March 9, invited applications from candidates for the top job. The last date to apply was May 18. A company source said that candidates from the mother company and its subsidiaries need to have at least two years of residual service, while it is three years for external candidates. For both categories, the minimum age limit is 45 years. According to a Public Enterprises Selection Board notice, the appointment would be for a period of five years from the date of joining or up to the date of superannuation or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
Among the internal candidates, all are non-ias personnel and belong to technical fields except Mishra, who is from human resources (HR). “Although PESB has been preferring candidates from the technical arena, an exception was made in case of Partha S Bhattacharya, who was from a finance background”, a company official said.
Another company source said that over the years, preference had been given to candidates from technicals field but, recently, the government has been preferring IAS cadres.
The current CMD Sutirtha Bhattacharya is a 1985-batch IAS officer from Telangana. Before his joining in January 2015, Additional Coal Secretary A K Dubey, also an IAS officer, held the portfolio. S Narsing Rao, who quit the company’s top post in 2014, too was a 1986-batch IAS officer from Andhra Pradesh.
Sources said that in the last selection process, there was tough competition between Bhattacharya, and Coal India’s then technical director N Kumar, an internal candidate.
PRIVATE SECTOR PROBABLES TOO IN LINE FOR CIL POSTS
The Govt will allow candidates from the private sector for nine of the 10 top management positions at Coal India Ltd. It has decided to offer opportunities to candidates from the private sector to fill some top management positions in Coal India this year.
Ten positions are due to be filled this year, including the chairmen of the mother company and three of its subsidiaries. Some positions are already vacant at Coal India, which is struggling to maintain its revenue growth rate as demand for coal has been flat.
The government will consider candidates from the company and other state-owned enterprises, apart from the private sector, for nine of the 10 positions. Current chairman Sutirtha Bhattacharya retires on September 1, while the posts of director (Technical) and Director (Human Resources) are already vacant.
The chairmen of four CIL subsidiaries are in the race for the top slot at Coal India: R R Mishra of Western Coalfields; Gopal Singh of Central Coalfields; A K Jha of Mahanadi Coalfields and Shekhar Saran of the Central Mine Planning & Design Institute. The final interview date for the post is yet to be announced by the Public Enterprises Selection Board.
N Kumar, former technical director of Coal India, died recently and his post is at present being handled by Saran. Human resources director R Mohan Das was removed by the ministry prematurely and the post is being temporarily handled by Director (Marketing) S N Prasad.
The posts of chairmen of Eastern Coalfields and Bharat Coking Coal have been vacant for almost a year. Singh of Central Coalfields has been holding additional charge as chairman of Bharat Coking while Mishra of Western Coalfields also oversees Eastern Coalfields.
The post of chairman of Northern Coalfields is slated to fall vacant soon. At Bharat Coking, the vacant post of director (technical) is being handled by Saran. The post of director (personnel) at Bharat Coking too is slated to fall vacant soon.