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V K Arora Mr. V K Arora is a graduate in mining engineering from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. While managing the operations of coal mines belonging to erstwhile Thapar Group, he collected extensive experience in both, open cast and underground mines in some of the most efficiently run Units. Post nationalization, he worked briefly in the nationalized sector, particularly, in Eastern Coalfields Ltd. After having worked as President and after having put in 50 years of service with Karam Chand Thapar & Bros. (Coal Sales) Ltd., he is presently designated as Chief Mentor of the Company. KCT has a sizeable presence in logistics of domestic coal, handling about 70 M.M.T./year by road, rail, rail-cum-sea-cum rail route. The group has specialized in handling of domestic coal for coastal movement in the entire eastern coast. The group had about 2-3 years ago ventured into imported coal and is presently responsible for about 2 MMT of coal imported from South Africa, Indonesia etc. In addition, he holds the posts of Chairman of the Indian Mining Federation; President of the Indian Coal Merchants’ Association; and Chairman of the Mining and Construction Division of CII (Confederation of Indian Industry). As Chairman of the MCED of CII, he has been regularly contributing thoughts and ideas towards the policy making in regard to the emerging coal scenario leading to the auction of coal blocks As President of the Indian Coal Merchants’ Association, he has played a critical role in representing the needs and concerns of the various coal consumers with regards to the marketing and distribution of coal by means of regular interaction with the Ministry of Coal, Ministry of Railways and Coal India Ltd.