State-owned oil firms, led by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), hired over 4,200 people in 2011-12. The companies also spent more than Rs 367 crore on corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes last financial year.
"In continuation of fulfilment of their socio economic obligation, the 10 public sector oil companies provided employment to 4,203 persons during 2011-12," said a statement from the Petroleum Ministry.
Explorer ONGC recruited 1,468 personnel, followed by 1,439 recruitments by IOC. Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) hired 362 personnel; Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) - 317; Engineers India Ltd - 243; Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL) - 168 and GAIL India Ltd - 131. The rest were employed by Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd (CPCL), Numaligarh Refineries Ltd (NRL) and Biecco Lawrie.
"The total 49.63 per cent of the new recruitments were from SC, ST and OBC categories," the statement said. "While 984 persons belonged to SC category, 467 persons to ST category and 635 personnel to OBC category."
The ministry in a separate statement said oil PSUs spent about Rs 367.57 crore on CSR activities in 2011-12.
ONGC led the pack with Rs 121.08 crore spending on CSR, followed by IOC with Rs 82.73 crore. Gas utility GAIL spent Rs 70.6 crore, Oil India Ltd Rs 50.19 crore and HPCL Rs 26.54 crore. BPCL, CPCL, NRL, Balmer Lawrie and EIL were the other PSUs that spent on CSR activities during 2011-12.
With inputs from PTI