A parliamentary panel has asked the Centre to make sure that people from the “other backward classes” (OBCs) are on the boards of directors of the Airports Authority of India (AAI), Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), and Canara Bank. This is because there is no one from the OBCs on the top management bodies of these three organisations.
In its reports, the panel also said that there wasn’t enough OBC representation in the non-executive category of BSNL and that the same thing happened in both the executive and non-executive categories of MTNL. It asked the communications ministry to fix the problem “as soon as possible” and take steps to make sure the reservation policy was followed “in letter and spirit.”
The committee noticed that there were four open positions on the board of directors of Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) and asked the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas to deal with the issue “at the right level” to make sure that OBCs were represented in the top management body of the public sector unit.
“The Committee thinks it’s important for social inclusion on the board of directors to give OBCs the right amount of representation,” it said.
The OBC parliamentary committee gave Parliament four separate reports and recommendations on “measures taken to ensure representation of community members in employment and their welfare” in the AAI, BSNL, GAIL, and Canara Bank on Wednesday.