ONGC managers grumble at promotion debacle

Vol 20, PW 16 (04 May 17) People & Policy

Annoying your senior employees is never a good idea.

But that's exactly what ONGC has done to 63 group general managers who are approaching Members of Parliament for help after they were denied promotions in 2017 because of a computer software glitch dating back to 2016. Under ONGC's rules the group general managers needed to have taken charge on January 1, 2016 to be eligible for promotion to executive director level in 2017.

Rewind back to when these officials were promoted from general manager level to group general manager level in 2016. Each manager was meant to fill an online HR form for the 'certificate of transfer of charge' (CTC) which was to be scrutinised by the 'controlling officer' and approved.

"But the CTC icon (in the computer system) was not opening," we hear. This was corrected after four or five days, allowing the 63 group general managers to take charge in the first week of January 2016.

But they were in for an unpleasant surprise when ONGC issued a notice later in the year saying that those who did not take charge on January 1, 2016 would not be considered for promotions as they had not completed a full year on January 1, 2017. It is a happier story for 40 other group general managers who took charge in 2015.

They appeared for interviews for executive director posts in 2017. The results are yet to be announced.