Harinand Rai has taken charge as Director (Technical) of Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL). A metallurgical engineer from IIT, BHU, Rai joined SAIL in the year 1986. With an experience of working for more than 32 years in SAIL, he has served in Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP), Durgapur Steel Plant (DSP) as well as at the Corporate Office.
Having joined at Bhilai initially he rose to the level of General Manager (Blast Furnace) specialising in Blast Furnace technology, operations and logistics, before joining DSP as Executive Director (Works). In this role, he was responsible for overall Operations at the Plant including Planning, Maintenance, Logistics, etc. Thereafter he assumed the charge of Executive Director (Operations) at Corporate Office overseeing the operations, logistics, raw material planning and distribution for all SAIL Plants. He was also in charge of the Central Coal Supply Organisation, Energy Management Division, and Rail Movement Cell.
Rai assumes charge as Director Technical of the Company at a time when SAIL is ramping up production from all its new units which have come as part of the Modernization and Expansion programme.