Another Petronet-LNG vacancy controversy

Vol 22, PW 26 (17 Oct 19) News in Brief

Petronet-LNG is under fire from its own employees who suspect it of modifying rules to improve the chances of an unnamed candidate for the role of executive director human resources.

Petronet-LNG wants CVs by October 23 from candidates with an MBA in HR or an equivalent degree with a score of 60% or above. It also says an engineering or law undergraduate degree would have an added advantage but fails to specify what score should have been obtained.

Company sources say it is accepting applications from candidates who have scored less than 60% in their undergraduate degrees. This, they say, is in sharp contrast to the vice-president marketing and legal roles for which applications were invited in August, where only those with first class marks or a score above 60% were eligible.

"Insiders are asking questions," we hear. "The post of a VP (vice-president) is two grades below that of an ED and the ED position is one level below Board level."

He adds: "If for the post of VP, Petronet-LNG wants candidates with a first class both in graduation and post-graduation why this relaxation for the ED in HR? Obviously this is done to put someone in that job."