Ranchi, Feb. 1: Central Mine Planning and Design Institute Limited (CMPDIL) is in dire need of fresh blood as the premier public sector firm might lose all its experienced hands within two to three years, company chief Amal Kumar Debnath has admitted.
Debnath, who is CMPDIL’s director (technical), took additional charge as the chairman-cum-managing director today, replacing Central Coalfields Limited CMD Gopal Singh.
Delay in securing clearances from the environment and forest ministry and worsening law and order, especially Naxalite violence, have compounded CMPDIL’s challenges, Debnath pointed out.
The new CMD hinted that training “young recruits” would be a challenge.
“There has been no recruitment since 1990. Partial recruitment began after 2007. We also tried to engage IIT and IIM graduates. But most of them left the within two to three years. Now, we are concentrating on graduates from mid-ranking institutes. We are able to retain them to a considerable extent, since our pay packages, too, have improved. But, getting skilled and experienced hands is very difficult. Even CMPDIL employees are not willing to work after retirement since they get much higher pay outside.”
On his other challenges, Debnath said total annual drillings by the company ought to go up to 15 lakh metres by the end of twelfth five year plan period (2012-17), against 5 lakh metres in the last fiscal.