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Government will allow candidates from private sector for top management positions in Coal India

(01 Jun 2017)

The government 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 company and three subsidiaries. Some positions are already vacant at Coal India, which is struggling to maintain its revenue growth rate when 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 subsidiaries are in the race for the top slot at Coal India: RR Mishra of Western Coalfields; Gopal Singh of Central Coalfields; AK 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 being presently being handled by Saran. Human resources director R Mohan Das was removed by the ministry prematurely and the post is being temporarily handled by SN Prasad, director of marketing.

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 is also slated to fall vacant soon.

News Source : Economic times