New Delhi: Country’s one of the largest public sector undertakings, National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC), is caught up in a controversy for being adamant in choosing the candidature for the post of Executive Chairman and Managing Director of (CMD).

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Inspite of the refusal of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) to give a clean chit to the CMD NK Nanda, the Steel Ministry is eager to retain him on the top post. According to highly placed sources, the Steel Ministry had written a letter to NK Nanda last week assuring not to remove him from his office.  But after contacting the CVC, the officials of the Personnel Ministry were surprised to learn that there is a vigilance probe going on against Nanda.

As per the CVC, Nanda is allegedly involved in corruption. According to the terms of appointment, the vigilance clearance is required to extend the tenure of the Executive Chairman and MD beyond three months. But the Steel Ministry officials are pushing for retaining him on the post without the clearance.

It is to be noted that Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Limited (SPMCIL) CMD MS Rana was selected for this post in July but the CVC refused to issue a clearance as a departmental probe was going on against him for the reported irregularities.

Since his appointment was hanging in balance, the senior most NMDC director NK Nanda was appointed on the post. But in the meantime, he was also charged with allegations of corruption and the CVC refused to issue a vigilance clearance to him without which he cannot continue on the post.