Still no word on ONGC chairman i/v date at PESB

Vol 23, PW 22 (10 Sep 20) People & Policy

In less than six months, ONGC chairman Shashi Shanker retires, but nobody is any wiser about when the PESB will hold interviews to replace him.

Well-placed sources tell us the interview process has stalled because of a complaint by Chintapally Laxma Reddy, an additional director general at the DGH. "There is still no update on the interview date," says a source.

"It is on hold because Reddy has asked to be considered." He adds Reddy complained at the beginning of August, contesting a shortlist of 13 candidates that didn't include his name.

"Reddy wrote to the PESB," we hear, "He wants them to include him on the list." Reddy, a chief general manager at ONGC, joined the DGH on deputation in January 2020 after his selection on December 10 (2019).

He oversees exploration and is appointed for five years or until retirement at 60, whichever is earlier. In his complaint, Reddy argues the PESB eligibility criteria do not state the specific grade of the employee but only a PSU director-level pay scale of between Rs180,000/month ($2457) to Rs340,000/month ($4641).

Since he is at this pay scale, Reddy believes he should be on the shortlist, and further argues executive directors on a lower pay scale are shortlisted. But the PESB insists it considered his position at ONGC before shortlisting.

"The PESB is examining the matter," says a source. "They might be verifying his credentials again."