Thursday, October 13, 2011

6 contenders including 4 railway officers, 2 insiders in race for Delhi Metro MD post

SIX contenders including four railway officers are in race for prestigious post of Managing Director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). On October 14, a three-member panel including the current MD E Sreedharan will interview six short-listed candidates. Over two dozen technocrats and bureaucrats had applied for the post after 78-year-old Sreedharan made it crystal clear that he would demit office by December 31, 2011 and an advertisement asking for suitable candidates was placed. DMRC’s annual turnover is about Rs 12,000 crore.
Here are the six short-listed names:
a)      Mangu Singh (Director, Works, DMRC)
b)      Sharat Sharma (Executive Director, Electrical, DMRC)
c)      Vipin Sharma (AGM North Frontier Railway)
d)      Sudhir Mittal (South Eastern Railway CPO Construction)
e)      RK Gupta (MD, Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation)
f)        Vijay Anand (Director, Rail Vikas Nigam Limited)
E Sreedharan reportedly said in the past that he would prefer an insider rather than an outsider to replace him. Though Mangu Singh and Sharat Sharma are currently working in DMRC, 1981 batch Indian Railway Service of Engineers officer Vijay Anand too worked in DMRC as director, projects.
The other two panelists of the selection committee are Union urban development secretary Sudhir Krishna and Delhi chief secretary Praveen Kumar Tripathi. Sreedharan has been saying all along that a very capable and experienced professional is to be selected to head such a prestigious organization. He also wanted the selected candidate to work with him for three months before the new person takes charge as Delhi Metro chief.

16 Bihar officers promoted as IAS
The Centre has cleared Bihar government’s proposal to promote 16 state civil services officers as IAS. They are Dhirendra Mohan Jha, Anil Kumar Verma, Lakshmeshwar Jha, Virendra Kumar Singh, Parmanand Jha, Ram Babu Singh, Dharmeshwar Thakur, Vijay Kumar Singh, Raghwendra Jha, Ram Roop Singh, Upendra Kumar, Anil Kumar, Rajiv Kumar Singh, Misbah Bari, Sanjay Kumar Singh, Ifthkar Masan

Action and Appointments
a) The Appointments Committee of Cabinet has approved extension of Central deputation tenure of Dr Amar Singh, a 1981 batch MP cadre IAS who is currently working as Executive Director (T), Food Corporation of India. The extension is for three months till January 6, 2012.

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