P K Purwar was today appointed Chairman and Managing Director of state-run telecom major Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL). The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment to the post for five years, an official order said. Purwar is currently working as Director (Finance) in MTNL, which has been without a full-time CMD since May 31, 2014, following superannuation of A K Garg. Purwar held the additional charge of the post of MTNL CMD between June 2014 and June 2015. In June last year, he was again given this additional charge. A process has been underway for long time to find a new head of the loss-making telecom PSU and a search-cum-selection committee was earlier constituted under the chairman of Public Enterprises Selection Board for the appointment.
MTNL had been without a full-time Chairman and Managing Director since the superannuation of A K Garg in May 2014.
Narendra Kumar Yadav, Member (Services) in the Department of Telecom (DoT), was given the additional charge of CMD of MTNL on 8 June 2015, however, as per the rules, he relinquished the post after serving for a year. For the purpose of appointing the CMD of MTNL, a search-cum-selection committee was constituted under the Chairman of Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB). Purwar’s name was recommended for this MTNL’s top post by PESB in November 2013, but the government did not go ahead with the recommendation at that time.