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PESB appoints M K Prasad as SECL Director (Tech)

New Delhi: Manoj Kumar Prasad, General Manager, Khadia Area, NCL, has been selected for the post of Director (Technical) of South Eastern Coalfields Ltd (SECL). The Public Enterprise Selection Board (PESB) on Wednesday recommended the name of Prasad for this post. P K Sinha,

Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) of NCL along with the functional directors congratulated Prasad on

his selection.

Prasad has experience of more than 33 years in the field of open cast and underground coal mining. Prior to joining as General Manager of Khadia, he has also been General Manager of Dudhichua and Bina opencast projects of NCL.

During his tenure, these coal areas recorded a significant increase in production and productivity.

It was his tenure during which the Bina area expanded its capacity from 4.5 million tonnes per year to 7.5 million tonnes. Likewise, under his leadership, the coal production of Dudhichua OCP increased from 10.9 million tonnes to 15.5 million tonnes

Known for his administrative and managerial abilities, Prasad graduated in mining engineering from BHU in year 1985 and started his career as a Mining Engineer in Central Coalfields Ltd, a subsidiary of Coal India Ltd. After CCL, he served in SECL and during his tenure at SECL, he was the Mines Manager of India's largest coal mine 'Gevara' OCP for more than six years.

During this period, Gevra's coal production increased from 19 million tonnes to 35 million tonnes per annum.

Keen on introduction and adoption of information technology (IT) initiatives, Prasad was also associated with the Information Technology (IT) Department of NCL and CCL and during his term, many IT Initiatives were launched in these companies. Prasad also visited Australia under the technology transfer programme in 1994 and led a Coal India business delegation team to Australia during 2017.

Notably, with double digit growth in coal production, Northern Coalfields Ltd has produced about 73 million tonnes of coal to date which is 102 percent of the target of the company by far. In the last financial year, the company had surpassed targets producing more coal than assigned.

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