Zohra Chatterji may become next CIL chief

PTI New Delhi/Kanpur | Updated on November 15, 2017 Published on January 15, 2012

Ms Zohra Chatterji

Ms Zohra Chatterji, Additional Secretary in the Coal Ministry, is likely to become the next chief of Coal India, the country’s biggest miner.

Ms Chatterji’s name has been recommended to the Cabinet for the post of acting Chairman of CIL, Coal Minister, Mr Sriprakash Jaiswal said. She is likely to be appointed as the Coal India (CIL) chief after the Cabinet approval, he added.

Ms Chatterji, a 1979 batch IAS officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre, is also the government nominee director on board of Coal India.

“Once the proposal is cleared, Ms Chatterji will assume the charge from February 1 as the present acting Chairman—cum— Managing Director, Mr N C Jha is scheduled to retire on January 31,” a coal ministry official said.

If appointed, Ms Chatterji would be the first woman to become the CMD of CIL, the world’s largest coal producer which accounts for 80 per cent of the domestic output.

Earlier, Mr Jaiswal had said that either Mr Alok Perti, Secretary in the Coal Ministry, or Ms Chatterji will take over as the acting CMD until a full-time chief is appointed.

The process of selecting a full—time CMD had begun early last year. Former Chairman, Mr Partha S Bhattacharyya retired on February 28 last year and Mr N C Jha, Director, Technical, was given the additional charge of the CMD from March 1.

Mr Jha was given extensions amid delays in vigilance clearance of contenders for the top post which included Mr Tapas Kumar Lahiry, the Chairman on Bharat Coking Coal (BCCL), and CMD of Western Coalfields Mr D C Garg.

Meanwhile, the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB), which handles hiring for public sector firms, came out with a fresh advertisement last month, inviting applications from suitable candidates for the top post at CIL.

Published on January 15, 2012
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