New Delhi: Nirlep Singh Rai has assumed charge as the new Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) of National Fertilizers Limited (NFL) on Tuesday. Prior to this, he was serving as Director (Technical) in the same organisation since April 2020.
According to an earlier order from the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), Rai has been appointed as CMD of NFL for a period with effect from the date of his assumption of charge of the post till the date of his superannuation, i.e. August 31, 2022, or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
Rai is associated with NFL for 38 years and has worked in various capacities. He is also the Nominee Director on the Board of Joint venture Company of NFL, Ramagundam Fertilizers and Chemicals Ltd (RFCL). As CEO of RFCL, he is credited with the commissioning of the project.
Rai is a Bachelor of Engineering (Instrumentation & Control) from Thapar University. He has rich professional experience in technical services and operation and maintenance of large scale fertilizer plants. He has also served in all the production units of the company including heading the Nangal Unit for more than two years, where he brought about systematic changes resulting in sustained and efficient operations.
Rai has played a pivotal role in various projects such as Feed Stock change over from fuel oil to natural gas, Commissioning of DCS and ESD Systems, Machine Monitoring Systems, Process Gas Analyzers, Fire and Gas Systems etc. at various plants of the company. He also has considerable exposure to the subject of agricultural practices, Nutrient imbalance and issues like farm subsidy, DBT etc.
Rai also ensured safe and sustained operations of the plants despite the COVID-19 outbreak, achieving 117.6 percent capacity utilization of the plants in 2020-21 during his tenure as Director (Technical). The company aims to achieve greater heights under his leadership and vision.
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