Sutirtha Bhattacharya on Monday took charge as Coal India’s full-time Chairman and Managing Director, a post which had been lying vacant for over six months, amid the miner facing pressure to ramp up production.
Prior to this, Bhattacharya was the CMD of state-owned Singareni Collieries Company.
“Sutirtha Bhattacharya assumed the charge of Chairman-cum -Managing Director of Coal India Ltd with effect from January 5, 2015,” CIL said in a filing to BSE.
PESB had in November recommended Bhattacharya, a 1985 batch IAS officer, for the post of Chairman and Managing Director of Coal India. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet had later cleared his name for the top job at CIL.
Coal India was without a full-time head since S Narsing Rao resigned from the post in May, 2014 to join Telangana government.
Additional Secretary Coal A K Dubey was given the additional charge as CMD of CIL from June 26, last year.
Singareni Collieries Company (SCCL) jointly owned by the Telangana government and Government of India.