ONGC continues to promote Shanker 'yes men'

Vol 22, PW 13 (18 Apr 19) People & Policy

Once again ONGC managers are unhappy with the company's promotions list but they can at least console themselves with a fancy cosmetic change in designations.

ONGC's promotions list released on April 6 backdated from January 1 reveals that of 1200 deputy general managers who were interviewed only 244 have been promoted to general manager. In addition 115 deputy general managers retiring in 2019 were promoted to general manager.

Of 223 general managers who appeared for interview, 82 were promoted to group general manager as were another 48 general managers scheduled to retire by December 31, 2019. Of the 101 group general managers who were interviewed, 34 were promoted to executive director, as were 19 group general managers, also retiring in 2019.

These promotions are an "exercise in favouritism" by chairman Shashi Shanker and his Board colleagues, argues an ONGC source. "Interviews were held between September and December," he said.

"Recommendations were called for from work centres but the list shows that lots of deserving candidates, especially deputy general managers, have been bypassed by "yes’ men." Another company source adds that "proximity to directors" was the biggest deciding factor.

"In many cases non-performing juniors of performing bosses were promoted," he adds. "This sends out the message that juniors should cultivate relationships with directors instead of doing their job well."

Another source claims at least 50% of the promotions are based on "favouritism, connections and networking."