Om Prakash Singh took over the additional charge as Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) on January 1. He has been serving as Director (Technical/Operation) of MCL since September 1, 2016. MCL is a Miniratna Coal PSU and a leading subsidiary of Coal India Limited (CIL) in the state of Odisha.
Bhola Nath Shukla was the MCL's last full-time CMD, who superannuated on October 31, 2021. Since then, NCL’s former CMD PK Sinha was holding the additional charge of MCL’s CMD post, but he also superannuated on December 31, 2021.
On July 14, 2021, Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) held a meeting to select a candidate for the MCL's CMD post but could not find any suitable candidate. The PESB Board had said that they do not recommend any candidate for the post.
The board had advised the Ministry of Coal to choose an appropriate course of further action for the selection, including the formation of a Search-cum-Selection Committee (SCSC), or whatever they deem appropriate with the approval of the competent authority.