P. Raghavendra Rao

Government of India

Secretary (Chemicals & Petrochemicals), Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers

Mr. P. Raghavendra Rao is a member of the Indian Administrative Service, 1985 batch, from Haryana State Cadre. His native State is Andhra Pradesh in South India. Shri Rao obtained Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Jawahar Lal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad. He was admitted for M.Tech. in Industrial Engineering and Management at the IIT, Kanpur before shifting to civil services. Shri Rao also underwent training as probationer in the Indian Audit and Accounts Service and the Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers. Shri Rao subsequently did his MBA in Public Services Management from the University of Birmingham (UK). He also completed advanced course in Public Administration from the Syracuse University, USA. He also attended a course for senior managers in Government at the Kennedy School, Harvard University, MA, USA.

Shri Rao held various important assignments in the State Government of Haryana as Additional Chief Secretary of Town and Country Planning, Housing, Women and Child Development, Urban Development, Rural Development, Environment and Finance Departments. He also worked as Executive Director (Finance) in the Food Corporation of India. Shri Rao is currently working as the Secretary in the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Govt. of India since March, 2018.

SESSIONS WITH P. Raghavendra Rao

Tuesday, October 15

  • 04:15pm - 05:00pm

    Concurrent Plenary

    Role of Petrochemicals for "Make in India"

    India’s petrochemical demand is increasing at a rate higher than GDP growth. Current low per capita petrochemical consumption and rapid economic growth make India an attractive place for petrochemical investments. Global downstream companies are aiming to have a greater portfolio concentration in chemicals, especially along refinery-integrated pathways to mitigate the risk of slowdown in transportation fuel growth. What is the outlook for long-term petrochemicals demand? What are the risks and opportunities for India in this new business environment? How can India achieve “Make in India” by developing a large petrochemical manufacturing base for local demand and for exports? Will we see a backlash on plastics in India?