Medhi defends selection at Numaligarh Refinery

Vol 15, PW 4 (25 Aug 11) People & Policy

SR Medhi, general manager (finance) at Bharat Petroleum subsidiary Numaligarh Refinery, is strongly defending his selection as the company’s next director technical.

Medhi was selected on July 21 by the PESB to step into the director technical post after it fell vacant on April 1 this year when Dipak Chakravarty became managing director. Some company insiders are surprised at Medhi’s selection over Numaligarh general manager (technical) Dhananjoy Ghosh, widely seen as the frontrunner.

One disappointed Ghosh supporter even claims Medhi won only because of his strong relationship with Numaligarh’s board of directors and “people who matter” at the oil ministry. “I cannot comment on my selection by the PESB,” retorts Medhi, when contacted by this report.

“They must have selected me on merit.” Medhi adds he is actively involved in all “company matters” and has a strong understanding of the refinery’s technical operations.

Yet Ghosh supporters are unconvinced. “How can the PESB select a candidate (Medhi) with a finance background for a technical job” wonders a source in Numaligarh’s technical department.

“Ghosh has been overseeing all the refinery operations, including production, maintenance, storage and dispatch of petroleum products, and its power station.” Medhi, he claims, is not qualified for the director technical role, despite working at Numaligarh for over 17 years.

“Medhi holds a mining engineering degree from the Indian School of Mines in Dhanbad,” we hear. “But the PESB wanted the selected candidate to hold a degree in chemical, electrical or mechanical engineering.

” Medhi rubbishes this. “The job requires an engineering degree in any discipline,” he counters.

“I also hold a management degree from IIM-Ahmedabad.” About 30 candidates applied for the director technical post at the 3m t/y refinery in Assam’s Golaghat district.

But only 15 were shortlisted and just 11 interviewed.