V. L. KANTHA RAO

V. L. KANTHA RAO

V. L. KANTHA RAO

Principal Secretary, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Department, Government of Madhya Pradesh

Mr. V.L. Kantha Rao is the Principal Secretary, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Department, Government of Madhya Pradesh handling development of MSMEs, entrepreneurship development, self employment schemes, industrial infrastructure development, industrial financial incentive schemes etc. He has a wide range of experience in Commerce and Industry sectors both at the national and the State levels. He has earlier served as a Director in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India (during 2007-11) handling trade with ASEAN and ANZ countries. During that tenure, India signed Free Trade Agreements with ASEAN and Malaysia. He has been Industry Commissioner of Madhya Pradesh since June, 2014 and has wide experience in the development of MSMEs. Mr. Rao belongs to the Indian Administrative Service and has worked in the area of e-governance, finance, elections, etc in a career spanning 24 years. He has engineering and MBA degrees before joining the government.