ONGC Post for Military Officers: The central government is considering formally appointing senior armed forces officers in chief executive positions in its blue-chip companies. It can start with the government-run energy sector giant Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC). It is worth noting here that even the public sector companies are talking about giving preference in their jobs to ‘Agniveers’ who retire after serving in the army for four years. Two officials familiar with the matter gave information about this plan.
According to the Hindustan Times report, the government constituted a ‘Search cum Selection Committee’ (SCSC) in February this year. Its purpose was to start the process of appointment of a Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) for ONGC. The officials, citing official documents, said that the panel has been specifically directed to consider central government officials. In this, officers of all the three wings of the army are also included for the posts of ONGC. “Meanwhile, the Petroleum Ministry has made some changes in the eligibility condition for the post of CMD, ONGC and formal approval has also been sought from the competent authority in this regard,” an official said on condition of anonymity.
Posts lying vacant in ONGC since last year
At the same time, SCSC is headed by Mallika Srinivasan, chairperson of ‘Public Enterprises Selection Board’ (PSEB). Petroleum Secretary Pankaj Jain is its member. Actually, the posts in ONGC are lying vacant since last year. But PSEB interviewed many candidates for this post, but it could not find a single candidate eligible for this post. The official said that this was the reason why the government decided to constitute SCSC. The top post in ONGC has been lying vacant since April 1 last year. Experts have advised the government not to back down on the appointment of a chief for the strategically important company.
At the same time, when the Petroleum Ministry, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) and PSEB were asked a question about this, they did not comment on it. Two former senior ONGC officials, on condition of anonymity, said that this is the first time that armed forces officers have been mentioned for selection of eligible candidates for CMD posts.
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