Gopal Singh has got a fresh lease of life in an extension of his services as Chairman and Managing Director of Central Coalfields Limited. He was scheduled to complete his tenure on 28 February 2017. Having got the extension, Singh will continue as CMD of CIL up to 31 January 2021.
Power corridors are abuzz that the NaMo administration acted judiciously in the case of Singh as he was earlier selected for the post of CMD, NMDC on 01 July 2015 but the ACC had rejected the PESB recommendation. Many senior officials in Govt of India those days believed that it was unfortunate but finally the NaMo administration did justice to him by giving him a fresh lease of life as CCL CMD.