Talent deserted DMRC just before Delhi mishap

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    New Delhi: All’s not well with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). Eleven members of managing director E Sreedharan’s core team have left the organisation for greener pastures in recent months.

    Senior DMRC officers said most of these have either joined the Dubai metro project or the DLF metro project in Gurgaon. They said the main reason for the exodus was money. They are being offered 10 times more by private organisations that want “seasoned hands”.

    Sources said DMRC employees earning Rs30,000 to Rs40,000 a month, excluding perks, had been hired by private business houses for an average monthly salary of Rs2 lakh.

    “Most of these 11 people left in the past six months. We are hiring now so that work isn’t affected and deadlines are met,” a senior DMRC officer said.

    DMRC members said the most important officer to leave the organisation was director (projects) CVK Rao. He joined the DLF metro project.

    “The demand for metro workers is so high that they are easily getting jobs in private organisations. Some have even joined US firms,” the officer said, adding that vacancies were being filled by recruiting engineers at the middle and junior levels, while the top brass was being deputed from the railways.

    “This is a standard procedure. Junior and senior engineers are recruited from the open market, but top officers come from Indian Railways,” the officer said.

    Sources also said there was no attempt to bring back those who had left, simply because DMRC cannot match salaries. “Our salary structure is good. We also give posh houses to our officers, but we cannot match the salaries private business houses offer,” the officer said.

    Money is the trigger
    DMRC employees earning Rs30,000 to Rs40,000 a month, excluding perks, have been hired by private business houses for an
    average monthly salary of Rs2 lakh.

    The most important officer to leave the organisation was director (projects) CVK Rao. He joined DLF metro.

    Gyan Varma  http://www.dnaindia.com