scorecardresearch
Follow Us:
Saturday, August 13, 2022

Govt fast-tracks process to search and select board-level PSU officers

All it needs to do now is to get clearance of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC).

Written by Amitav Ranjan | New Delhi |
Updated: November 22, 2018 5:10:52 am
The present government has been using the Search-cum-Selection route for most chairman level posts where the committee — which has the PESB chairman as a member — has the option to select a person who has not even applied for the job. (Illustration: C R Sasikumar)

In a significant amendment to existing norms, a Ministry will no longer need to seek approval of the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) or the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) if it wants to appoint a board-level officer in a PSU via the search-cum-selection route (which opens the door to private sector applicants as well).  All it needs to do now is to get clearance of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC).

As per the current system, for a board-level officer — chairperson, MD or director — the concurrence of the DPE and the PESB, a committee of retired bureaucrats, was required for an exemption from the regular procedure which entailed an advertisement for the vacancy, followed by shortlisting of candidates from among the applicants and an hour-long interview by PESB members.

“Prior concurrence of the DPE and PESB in order to fill up a board level post by the Search-cum-Selection Procedure mode instead of the standard PESB route to be dispensed with,” says the November 14 office memorandum from the DPE.

“Such proposals for exemption (from the PESB route) may be considered directly by the ACC without routing them through DPE and/or PESB provided that the concerned administrative ministry records the reasons in writing with the approval of the Minister-in-charge as to why such exemption is being proposed,” it adds.

Subscriber Only Stories
UPSC Key-August 10, 11, and August 12, 2022: Why you should read ‘Euthana...Premium
Laal Singh Chaddha: A comfortable film for the obedient IndianPremium
What is border post 918 which provides shade to both India and Pakistan?Premium
Ravi Shankar Prasad: ‘(Nitish) is nothing on his own… He may be honest bu...Premium

The present government has been using the Search-cum-Selection route for most chairman level posts where the committee — which has the PESB chairman as a member — has the option to select a person who has not even applied for the job.

Officials said the DPE memo was merely to cut down on time as the PESB has never objected to the Search-cum-Selection Process.
The PESB has now been reduced to a single member, Madhusudan Prasad, after acting PESB chairman Gauri Kumar retired last month.
The four-member board (including chairman) became headless after Sanjay Kothari was appointed Secretary to the President of India in July 2017.

📣 Join our Telegram channel (The Indian Express) for the latest news and updates

For all the latest Business News, download Indian Express App.

  • Newsguard
  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
  • Newsguard
First published on: 22-11-2018 at 05:10:51 am

Featured Stories

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement