Court backs disgruntled ONGC staffer

Vol 11, PW 21 (06 Mar 08) News in Brief

ONGC’s personnel department must do some hard work in the days ahead or risk falling foul of the Gujarat High Court.

PETROWATCH learns Gujarat judges passed an order on February 28 ordering ONGC to prepare a â€کseniority’ list of employees within the next three months, dating back to 1981. In November last year, senior engineer Subhash Bharde, working at ONGC’s Ahmedabad asset filed a complaint in the Gujarat High Court alleging, “irregularitiesâ€‌ in ONGC’s promotion procedure.

Bharde, it seems, decided to take his employer to court when junior staff were promoted ahead of him. This is not the first time ONGC finds itself in such a position.

In 1997, the Guwahati High Court issued a similar demand. Then too, Bharde was the petitioner.

Before that, Mumbai ONGC employees filed a petition in the Mumbai High Court in 1990 for a â€کseniority’ list. ONGC published a â€کprovisional seniority list’ in 1993 but it’s unclear if it has published one since.