GUWAHATI, July 1 � The State government today came out strongly against the Centre for not clearing the appointment of Rupshikha Saikia Borah for the post of CMD of the Oil India Limited. State government spokesperson Pradyut Bordoloi said her non-appointment was �unfortunate�.
�On February 10 this year, the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) had interviewed ten candidates for the post and Borah�s was the only name recommended by it. The PESB is a quasi-judicial body and there is no politics in its decision. Her name was sent to the Prime Minister�s Office (PMO). Had the PM sanctioned her name, she would have become only the third woman to become CMD of a Navratna company,� Bordoloi said.
He added, �We are forced to conclude that this is another example of a long list of discrimination of the BJP-led Union government against Assam. It will be unfortunate if a talented lady is deprived only because she is an Assamese.�
Bordoloi urged Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to speak up on the issue. �We all consider Sonowal to be our �national hero�. We hope he will be able to explain why Borah has not been appointed as OIL CMD,� he added.