Four in race for CMD’S post at Coal In­dia


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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.


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.

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