People: Coal India Ltd (COAL.BO)
Rao, S. Narsing
Shri S. Narsing Rao is Chairman of the Board, Managing Director of Coal India Ltd. Prior to the top post in the state owned Maharatna coal mining monolith, Shri Rao, an IAS officer of 1986 batch from Andhra Pradesh Cadre, was Chairman of Singareni Colleries Company Limited (SCCL), the AP based coal mining company since September 2006. Shri Narsing Rao as CMD of SCCL, a joint venture between Government of AP and Central Government, took the company up from a production of 36 Milion Tonnes in 2006 to 53 MTs in 2011-12. Shri Rao had taken SCCL to a higher growth trajectory of 9% - 10% from that of 2% to 3%. During his tenure at the helm of SCCL, the company experienced the first ever strike free year (2007-08). Singareni has witnessed substantial productivity gains during his tenure. A post-graduate in Chemistry and Economics, he also holds a post-graduate higher diploma in forestry. Before joining the IAS, he had undergone training in Forestry and Rural Development sectors. After joining the IAS, he had held various positions in the Government of Andhra Pradesh, both at the District Administration level and State Administration. Shri Rao has wide international exposure and his expertise includes consultant to the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), Rome, Italy and Chief Technical Advisor, United Nations Office of Project Services, Asia & Pacific regions. He has extensive international experience in poverty alleviation and rural development in South and South East Asia. He rendered technical advice to the Governments of Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Myanmar. He lived and functioned out of Rome (Italy), Yangon (Myanmar), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Bangkok (Thailand). Shri Rao's areas of interests include rural development, poverty alleviation, environment and ecology. He passionately worked for reforms in administration to make it responsive to the needs and aspirations of the communities. He is also a Director at International Coal Ventures Private Limited.
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