Alarm at ONGC over two 'punishment' postings

Vol 21, PW 24 (06 Sep 18) People & Policy

There's growing discontent among senior ONGC officers over the August 25 transfer of eight senior officers.

Most worrying, allege ONGC sources, are the 'punishment' transfers of executive director and corporate vigilance head Ved Vrat Mishra based in Dehradun and Manas Chakraborty, chief offshore logistics, who oversees the beleaguered Nhava offshore supply base also, crippled by near paralysis. Mishra is moving to Karaikal as asset manager to replace executive director Kulbir Singh who moves to the office of director onshore SK Moitra in Delhi.

Two of Mishra's ONGC colleagues tell us he is being 'punished' for complaining he was unfairly ignored during PESB interviews for the ONGC director technology and field services position subsequently won by NC Pandey on April 24. Mishra's name was sent to the PESB but he was not called for interview - apparently because he does not have 10 years drilling experience.

Mishra's colleagues add the PESB advert never called for drilling experience; that it was made an 'unpublished' criteria for selection only in the run up to interviews. Widespread criticism also centres on the replacement of chief offshore logistics and executive director Chakraborty at the Nhava supply base by NK Garg of lower group general manager rank who is also a Mumbai High drilling operations manager.

Chakraborty has been struggling with manpower problems, a vessels shortage, a lack of jetties and collusion between ONGC middle managers and intimidating local contractors.