New Delhi: Officers of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) have threatened to go on a two-day strike from 15 March, if their demand to revoke the decision to scrap the candidates recommended by the Public Enterprise Selection Board (PESB) for the top post in the company is not met.
The central working committee of the Association of Scientific and Technical Officers, which represents 23,000 officers out of the 38,000 ONGC workforce, decided to hold a silent rally on 22 February, dharnas from 7 March and hunger strike on 12 March against the scrapping of R.S. Sharma’s name for the post of chairman and managing director without assigning any reason, a press release said.
“The ASTO-CWC strongly and unequivocally condemns the irrational, arbitrary and high-handed decision of the government to scrap the duly recommended panel for the post of CMD, ONGC, after an inordinate delay of nine months from the date on which the vacancy arose and five months from the date of recommendation of the PESB,” it said.
A strike at ONGC, which produces about 80% of the nation’s oil and gas, will significantly affect fuel supplies in the country.