New Delhi: Om Prakash Singh has taken over the additional charge as Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) on January 1. He has been serving as Director (Technical/Operation) of MCL since September 1, 2016. MCL is a Miniratna Coal PSU and a leading subsidiary of Coal India Limited (CIL) in the state of Odisha.
Bhola Nath Shukla was the MCL's last full-time CMD, who superannuated on October 31, 2021. Since then, NCL’s former CMD PK Sinha was holding the additional charge of MCL’s CMD post, but he also superannuated on December 31, 2021.
On July 14, 2021, Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) held a meeting to select a candidate for the MCL's CMD post but could not find any suitable candidate. The PESB Board had said that they do not recommend any candidate for the post. The board had advised the Ministry of Coal to choose an appropriate course of further action for the selection, including the formation of a Search-cum-Selection Committee (SCSC), or whatever they deem appropriate with the approval of the competent authority.
Profile of OP Singh
Singh is a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from Ravishankar University, Raipur and holder of the first-class Mine Manager's certificate of competency under the Mines Act from the Directorate General of Mines Safety, Dhanbad. He has also acquired a Master degree in Business Administration (Marketing Management) and Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications. He comes with a rich work experience spanning 37 years in the fields of mine planning, production, management, supervision, direction and control of underground as well as open cast coal mines. He has worked with SECL and CMPDIL, for 32 years.
After joining Coal India Limited in August 1984, he rose rapidly and has handled various senior positions like General Manager of different Areas at SECL and heading different departments at Corporate Office i.e. Environment, Production and Planning. He has also undergone training programme on project management and other general management courses.
Soon after assuming charge, the new CMD chaired a meeting with the senior officers and union representatives. MCL Director (Personnel) Keshav Rao and CVO PK Patel were prominent among senior officers present in the meeting.
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