Brief Profile of Mr. Pramod Agrawal, CMD, Coal India Limited

Shri Pramod Agrawal

Mr. Pramod Agrawal, an Indian Administrative Service Officer of Madhya Pradesh Cadre 1991 batch, took over as Chairman, Coal India Limited (CIL), the world’s largest coal producing company, on and from 1st February 2020. Prior to the assumption of the top post of the Maharatna coal mining behemoth, he was Principal Secretary, Department of Technical Education, Skill Development & Employment and Department of Labor, Government of Madhya Pradesh.

Mr. Agrawal succeeds Mr. Anil Kumar Jha who stepped down as Chairman, CIL on attaining superannuation on 31st January 2020.

A Graduate (B.Tech) in Civil Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mumbai (1986), Shri. Agrawal completed his Post-Graduation in Design Engineering (M.Tech) from IIT, Delhi (1988).

On assuming the charge of the company that produces over 83% of the country’s entire coal output, Mr. Agrawal underlined his priority as “to make Coal India a competitive, economically viable business entity, in the changing scenario, with greater emphasis on operational efficiency and lowering the cost of production. Coal imports to be curtailed to the extent possible with higher coal output”.

Mr. Agrawal has 28 years of administrative acumen under his belt in varied fields of Public Administration, as Principal Secretary in the State of Madhya Pradesh, which include Urban Development & Housing Department; Public Health Engineering Department; Public Works Department and Transport Department. He was also Managing Director, Madhya Pradesh Finance Corporation. He served as Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Madhya Pradesh Paschim Kshetra Vidyut Vitaran Company, and as Chief Executive Officer of Madhya Pradesh Rural Development Authority. He was the Collector of Morena and Mahasamund District of Madhya Pradesh.

Mr. Agrawal brings with him rich repertoire of managerial experience to Coal India Limited. He also served as Joint Secretary, Department of Disinvestment, Ministry of Finance, Government of India and as Director in Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Government of India.

Mr. Agrawal received professional training in Project Appraisal and Risk Management from Duke University, Raleigh, USA; Management of Technical Cooperation Projects from ILOTC Turin; Programme on Infrastructure Development and Financing from IIM, Ahmedabad; Infrastructure Planning and Management from IIM, Bangalore; Study on Road Management Policies and Practices from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne.

Mr. Agrawal has several papers published to his credit like “implementing Rural Roads Project in Madhya Pradesh” and “Procurement Reforms under PMGSY in Madhya Pradesh”.

Mr. Agrawal is recipient of “Award for Infrastructure Development by Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) for exceptional work done for PMGSY Project”, “Red Cross Special Award for Improvement of Medical Infrastructure while working as Collector of Morena District”.