Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Government likely to circumvent PESB route to fast-track hiring of directors at Air India

New Delhi: In order to fast-track the hiring of director-level executives at Air India, the Union Civil Aviation Ministry is likely to conduct the appointment process through its search-and-selection committee and not involve the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB), according to a senior government official.
"Currently, many director-level positions -- such as Director (Commercial), Director (Personnel) and Director (Operations) -- are open in Air India. The government plans to fill them up as soon as possible using its search-and-selection committee," the official said.
Other executives in the company have been handling additional charge of these posts till date.
"We would like people from private sector to apply. However, we will have to see how many people would be interested in these positions. We don't have time to go through PESB route as it will be a long-winded process," the official told PTI.
Currently, PESB's website lists Director (Commercial), Director (Personnel) and Director (Operations) as "upcoming vacancies". The PESB is a committee of retired bureaucrats.
On November 14 last year, the central government permitted the ministries to appoint board-level executives in public-sector companies, which are under ministries' administrative control, without taking approval from PESB or Department of Public Enterprises (DPE).
21/01/19 PTI/Economic Times

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