New Delhi: Steel maker SAIL's Burnpur plant head Narendra Kothari and Bharat Coking Coal's chief Tapas Kumar Lahiry were Thursday shortlisted for the post of CMD of iron ore miner NMDC.
"The search committee found the following candidates for selection to the post of CMD, National Mineral Development Corporation Limited in alphabetical order - 1) Narendra Kothari and 2) Tapas Kumar Lahiry," the Steel Ministry said.
Sources close to the development, however, said the panel has recommended Kothari's name as the first choice.
The committee would recommend its choice to the Ministry which would subsequently forward it to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) for the final decision.
Sources said the Steel Ministry is unlikely to alter the recommendations of the panel.
The top job at NMDC has been lying vacant for over a year now.
Applicants also included Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India CMD M S Rana, MSTC CMD S K Tripathi, Braithwaite & Co CMD S K Rishi and Engineering Projects (India) CMD S P S Bakshi.
In July 2011, Rana was recommended by the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) for heading the iron ore producer after the superannuation of the then incumbent Rana Som on December 31, 2011.
But the Steel Ministry was not happy with the PESB's recommendations and instead gave company's Technical Director, N K Nanda, the additional charge of CMD.
After some issues cropped up, SAIL Chairman C S Verma was given the additional charge of NMDC.
The Steel Ministry had appointed the five-member search panel, which include Steel Secretary D R S Chaudhary and Personnel Secretary P K Mishra, in January this year for selecting the right candidate to head NMDC.
Nanda was also in the fray along with NMDC Directors Subimal Bose, Rabindra Singh and S Thiagrajan. Its Company Secretary and Executive Director K Raghavan and Executive Director for Business Development Atul Bhat also figured in the list.
Rajiv Sharma, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, had also applied for the job. Software Technology Parks of India's Director General Omkar Rai and Bird Group of Companies' Managing Director Satish Chandra were interviewd by the selection panel.
First Published: Thursday, May 30, 2013, 19:09