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CIL could be looking at a severe shortage of General Managers in next 5-6 yrs

PW Bureau

Since there were no recruitments between 1993 and 2007, CIL would not have enough adequately experienced executives to take over as general managers starting this year New Delhi: Government-owned Coal India Limited (CIL) could be looking at a shortage of senior-level leadership five-six years from now as most of its general-manager level employees retire in that time span.

CIL stopped recruiting executives between 1993 and 2007

“For 14 years, between 1993 and 2007, Coal India had stopped recruiting executives on the pretext of excess manpower. It takes at least 20-25 years for an executive joining Coal India at the junior most grade (E1) to gather enough experience to assume a general manager’s (E8) position,” a company executive said. “Since there were no recruitments between 1993 and 2007, Coal India would not have enough adequately experienced executives to take over as general managers starting this year. In the meantime, executives who joined prior to 1993 are close to their retirement.”

No easy solutions

Currently, the state-run company has 500 odd general managers working with CIL and its subsidiaries. An official working with the public sector undertaking (PSU) said that the issue has already started cropping up as all the general managers are slated to retire in the next five-six years. “It cannot be solved through lateral recruitment since such a large number of adequately experienced executives may not be at all available,” he added. Even as CIL looks for a solution, it has enlisted IIT Dhanbad’s help in working out its manpower requirement for the next 10 years to make sure that this situation does not arise again. The IIT will also prepare a comprehensive manpower profile plan for the company. At present, the world’s largest coal producer employs 2.8 lakh people, including 17,200 executives.

What is the role of General Managers?

General managers are the senior-most non-board level executives and every department requires at least one to run smoothly. Each coal-bearing area at all of CIL’s subsidiaries has at least one or two general managers, depending on the size of the coalfield. Their role requires them to take care of most day-to-day ground-level activities.