A 1985 batch IAS officer S. Bhattacharya has been appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director of Coal India Ltd. (CIL). Mr. Bhattacharya takes over the charge from Additional Secretary (Coal) A. K. Dubey, who was given the additional charge as CMD of CIL from June 26. Mr. Bhattacharya, is currently the CMD of Singareni Collieries Company.
The appointment of new chief will help the company to evolve strategies for achieving an annual coal production of 1 billion tonnes by 2019. Coal India had missed the production target of 482 million tonnes last fiscal, with an output of 462 MT. Bhattacharya was widely viewed as a front runner for the job.
The Public Enterprises Selection Board had last month recommended the name of Mr. S. Bhattacharya for the post of Chairman and Managing Director of CIL.