Parliamentary panel questions Central Coalfields on no woman director on board


Taking a powerful exception to Central Coalfields Ltd’s board not represented by any woman director, a parliamentary panel has sought to know exact causes behind it and has directed the arm to nominate one with none additional delays. Central Coalfields Ltd (CCL) is unfold over eight districts of Jharkhand masking 2,600 sq. kilometres with a complete of 42 working mines, together with 36 open solid and 6 underground.

The 22-member panel headed by BJP MP Meenakashi Lekhi whereas tabling its newest report on public undertakings has additionally requested the CCL to right away refill all vacancies on its board.

The Committee noticed that out of the 12 sanctioned posts within the firm’s Board of Directors, one publish of Director (Personnel) amongst the Functional Directors and one publish within the class of non-official director is vacant.

The Committee on Public Undertakings in its report on CCL has mentioned the corporate’s Board shouldn’t be represented by any ‘Woman Director’ which isn’t in consonance with the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013.

“This is despite the fact that the Secretarial Auditor of the Company has been continuously making these observations in their reports for the last many years,” it mentioned.

The Committee thus didn’t discover any logical motive for not appointing Women Director on the Board of Directors of CCL, it added.

“The Committee would therefore like to be apprised of the precise reasons for not appointing the Woman Director in the Board despite the explicit provision for the same in the Companies Act, 2013 and its reiteration by the auditors for the last many years,” the committee mentioned.

It strongly recommends that each one the vacancies on the Board be stuffed up instantly and the provisions of the Companies Act referring to appointment of ‘Woman Director’ be complied with with none additional delay.

It additionally raised questions over no Independent Director from the Board of the holding firm i.e. Coal India Limited (CIL) is a Director within the Subsidiary Company i.e. CCL which is a compulsory requirement as per the DPE Guidelines on Corporate Governance.

The Committee additionally famous that there are two ‘everlasting invitees’ on the Board of CCL, one the Chief Operations Manager of the Eastern Railway and the opposite one Principal Secretary (Mines and Geology) of the Government of Jharkhand.

“The Secretarial Auditor has observed that the attendance of the ‘permanent invitees’ in the Board meetings has been poor. From the submission of the Ministry of Coal on this point, it appears that the ‘permanent invitees’ are to simply function as ‘liaison officers’ with the State Governments particularly with regard to land acquisition, forest-clearance cases, occasional law and order issues relating to industrial relations problems, etc,” the panel mentioned.

It mentioned it doesn’t perceive why the ‘everlasting invitees’ must attend all of the Board conferences the place the agenda of the conferences might be ‘confidential’ or on topics reminiscent of business methods, enterprise operations and many others, wherein presence of ‘everlasting invitees’ might not be essentially required.

“The Committee would like to be apprised as to whether the provision for ‘permanent invitees’ in the Board is as per the DPE Guidelines or this is independent decision of the Company,” the report mentioned.

Taking into consideration the truth that presence of “permanent invitees” might not be mandatory in all conferences of the Board, the Committee beneficial for bringing out the rules specifying the character of conferences that must be attended by the ‘everlasting invitees’.

It mentioned the remuneration if any to be paid to them, their tenure, their powers, obligations, their phrases of reference, and many others. must also be clearly introduced out within the pointers.

The Committee mentioned it’s also apprehensive about whether or not the ‘everlasting invitees’ have served the aim of liaising particularly when CCL itself acknowledged that a lot of their main tasks have been delayed badly for a few years for need of environmental & forest clearances, switch of possession, and many others.

It cited the instance of Magadh OC,

OC and Konar OC which ought to have been commissioned in 2006 however might really get commissioned in 2014/2015 with delays of eight/9 years.

Similarly, it mentioned commissioning of the tasks – Chadragupta OCP, Sanghamitra OCP, Kotre Basantpur Panchmo OCP,and many others, are experiencing delays primarily for need of environmental and forest clearances.

“The Committee are thus concerned as to how far the ‘permanent invitees’ have been effective in mitigating problems arising due to hurdles in getting clearances, land acquisitions, industrial relations, law & order, resettlement, etc,” the report mentioned.

It mentioned it’s of the thought of view that the position of ‘everlasting invitees’ must be rather more efficient to have significant influence on expediting varied statutory clearances and resolving native issues and beneficial that Ministry ought to develop an applicable mechanism for efficient and the gainful utilisation of the everlasting appointees who’re nominated within the Board.

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