Fifty-five interested in NTPC chairman post

Vol 19, PW 6 (19 Nov 15) People & Policy

Until now GSPC managing director Atanu Chakraborty was widely believed to have been selected as the next NTPC chairman.

But it turns out he never even applied. Contacted by this report Chakraborty chose not to answer his phone but texted back saying: “I have not applied.

” Fifty-five CVs were received by the ministry of power by the November 7 deadline in response to an October 10 advertisement. Shortlisted candidates will now be called for interview, possibly as early as next month (December).

“Like any PSU chairman post this post at NTPC is very lucrative," says a company source. "Many candidates were expected to apply but more than 50 applicants is much more than expected.

” Among promising candidates is NTPC director finance Kulamani Biswal, 54, the youngest to apply from within the company. “Biswal has more than five years until retirement,” says a colleague.

Acting NTPC chairman and director technical AK Jha, 58, has also applied. “Jha is definitely CMD material,” says a well-wisher.

Also in the race is NTPC director operations KK Sharma, 58. External candidates include Rajeev Sharma, 55, chairman of the Rural Electrification Corporation and AWK Langstieh, 55, chairman of the Damodar Valley Corporation.

Among IAS officers who have applied is Sundeep Kumar Nayak, 52, who joined in 1988 from Jammu & Kashmir. Nayak was at the ministry of women and child development until January 2015.

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