Vasudeva open forum disappoints staff

Vol 16, PW 21 (16 May 13) News in Brief

Sudhir Vasudeva's open forum for ONGC employees at the Rang Sharda auditorium in Mumbai on May 6 felt more like a "closed forum", according to some who were there.

Instead of listening to grievances raised by 1500 employees who attended, the ONGC chairman gave a routine talk on his vision to 2030. “He did what he is best at,” says a source, “reeling out figures.

” Before beginning the three-hour long event, Vasudeva insisted he would answer only policy questions. A harassed ONGC official who complained about a vigilance inquiry against him was silenced.

Several staff buses ferried executives to and from the venue, also attended by director human resources KS Jamestin, director finance AK Banerjee, director offshore PK Borthakur, and director exploration NK Verma. “We ate samosas and sandwiches,” adds a source, “then went back to work.

” In March the PESB began the search for a replacement to Vasudeva, who retires on February 28.