New Delhi: The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by the Prime Minister has approved the appointment of Manoj Kumar as new Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) of Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) on Wednesday. According to an order from the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), Manoj has been appointed to the post of CMD, WCL for a period with effect from the date of his assumption of charge of the post on or after January 1, 2021, till the date of his superannuation i.e. January 31, 2024, or until further orders, whichever is earlier. He is currently serving as Director (Technical Operation) in the same organisation.
Earlier, PSU Watch had reported when Manoj Kumar was recommended for the post of CMD of WCL by the PESB panel on July 23. He was selected from the list of eight candidates, who were interviewed by the selection panel.
Kumar is an Engineering Graduate (B Tech) in Mining Engineering from the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, with 1st class distinction. He also holds an M. Tech in Rock Excavation Engineering from ISM, Dhanbad, and was awarded a gold medal. He also has Mine Managers' Certificate of Competency. Prior to joining WCL, he has served in various capacities in WCL, SECL and ECL since 1985.
As the CMD of WCL, Kumar will be chief executive of the corporation and will be accountable to the Board of Directors and the government. He will be responsible for the efficient functioning of the corporation and for achieving its corporate objectives and performance parameters. Currently, Rajiv Ranjan Mishra is serving as CMD of the organisation but he is set to superannuate on December 31.
Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) is one of the eight subsidiary companies of Coal India Limited (CIL). It has its registered office at Nagpur (MH). WCL has been conferred "Miniratna" status on March 15, 2008. The company has contributed about 6.7 percent of the national coal production during 2014-15. It has mining operations spread over the states of Maharashtra (in Nagpur, Chandrapur and Yeotmal districts) and Madhya Pradesh (in Betul and Chhindawara districts). The company is a major source of coal supplies to the industries located in western India in the states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and also in Southern India, in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala.
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