Thursday, Aug 11, 2022

His Father’s Benefice

A whole system helps a PSU director appoint his son as management trainee

His Father’s Benefice Rajesh Kumar

A Managed Show   Profile of a Company

  • UCIL recruited 130 management trainees between 2003 and 2013
  • No written test was ever held for shortlisting candidates
  • In 2013, 1,700 applications received for two MTs; 40 were called for interview
  • One of the two selected was son of Director (Technical)
  • CVO’s report alleges no recruitment record preserved by UCIL
  • UCIL, under the Department of Atomic Energy, generates nuclear power for India
  • The company operates six underground mines and one open pit mine in Jharkhand
  • The ore produced is processed in two plants at Jaduguda and Turamdih
  • It is now expanding to set up new mines and plants in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Meghalaya.


On Gandhi Jayanti, October 2, in 2013, the Manmohan Singh PMO received an anonymous letter. “UCIL mein sab kuchh chalta hai (anything goes in UCIL),” it read. “Baap bete ka interview le raha hai (the father is interviewing the son).” The letter was refer­ring to the selection of two management trainees at the Uranium Cor­poration of India Ltd (UCIL) at Jadu­guda, near Jamshedpur in Jharkhand.