Kamal Morarka

About Me

Born on 18th of June 1946, Mr. Morarka went to Cathedral & John Cannon School and St. Xavier College, Bombay. As a keen student of Management he has participated in several key programmes and conferences related to Management, Development and Technology. He is a member of the American Management Association. He also attended the Davos Symposium of the World Economic Forum in the year 1985, 1986 and 1987. In June 1997 he attended an Executive Program for Leaders in Development – Managing Political and Economic Transitions at John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Professional & Business:

He heads the Gannon Dunkerley Group engaged in Civil Engineering, Mechanical and General Engineering, Turnkey Water Treatment Plants, Manufacture of Material Handling Equipment which has an approximate turnover of Rupees 5000 crores. He participated in Electronic Conference conveyed by late Dr. Vikram Sarabhai in March, 1970. Besides he also participated in Management Development Programme of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahemdabad in the year 1970.

He has been President of All India Manufacturers Organisation (1989-90), Vice President, All India Association of Industries and the President, Indian Council of Foreign Trade. He has also been President of National Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (NAYE) (1977-80); Member of Telephone Advisory Committee, Bombay Telephones (1978-80); Member of Zonal Railway Users Consultative Committee, Western Railway (1976-77); Member, Government of India’s Regional Advisory Committee on Central Excise, Patna(1972-74); Vice-President ,Chotanagpur Chambers of Commerce and Industries(1972-74). He has been Member in Board of Studies in Trade, Transport and Industry, University of Bombay.

Community Services:

He is keenly involved in social and community development activities. He is the Chairman of M.R Morarka-GDC Rural Research Foundation which is engaged in rural development work covering over 250 villages of the Shekhawati region in Rajasthan. Thereby leading to appropriate utilization of government funds and subsidies to the region, primary health, education, agriculture extension and research, conservation of heritage etc. In the overall perspective the Foundation is positively impacting the lives of the rural and agricultural community across the country. Recently, they have established their presence in Tahiland and Srilanka to introduce the benefits of Organic farming to the agricultural community there.

The Foundation works on the philosophy that more than resources, it is the resource management capabilities of the rural poor that needs interventions, The Foundation focuses on its role to that of a catalyst, coordinator and facilitator, encouraging necessary participation of the rural community. The major intervention areas of the Foundation covers Organic Farming, Vermi Culture, Natural Resources Management, Micro Finance, Alternate Service Delivery (Health & Education), Value Added Employment, Tourism Promotion, Disaster Management and Action Research. The Foundation employs over 600 educated youth who work in the field with perseverance to make it a success.

Apparently, several recent initiatives have facilitated international certification and export of organic foodstuff to Europe. Besides, this has also been a driving force behind the Annual Shekhawati festival in the Jhunjhunu district that is held to generate tourist interest in the area, thus providing a new avenue of livelihood to the inhabitants.

He was Vice President of Board of Control for Cricket in India and Deputy President of Rajasthan Cricket Association. Presently, he is the President of the World Trade Centre, Bombay. Besides he is also an active member of Board of Management of Bombay Hospital Trust and Medical research Centre, Board of Studies in Trade, Transport and Industry, University of Bombay. Moreover, he has been a Trustee of Shree Nawalgarh Pinjrapole Committee for quite a long time. Later in the year 1999 he also served as its Chairman. Likewise he is a Trustee of Nawalgarh Devastan Kosh.

Kamal Morarka has been the President of Rotary Club of Ramgarh(1972-73). Later he also served as secretary in the year 1971-72

He was the Chairman of the Citizen’s Committee at Ramgarh Cantonment (Bihar) which was formed to aid and honor the families of our soldiers. Furthermore he has been a Chairman of Armed Forces Flag day Committee , City Sainik Board in Bombay.

Public Life:

During the Chandrashekhar government (November 1990-91) he served as Minister of State. He was member of Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan in the year 1988. He has an avid interest in economics which is why he participated in almost every significant debate on Budget, Finance Bill and likewise during his tenure in the Rajya Sabha.

He was also a member of the committee on Public Undertakings (1988-90) and the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament (1990-91), Consultative Committee attached to the Ministry of Finance, Central Direct Taxes Advisory Committee, Ministry of Finance (1992-93) and Newsprint Advisory Committee (1993-93).

Earlier, he also served on several government Committees like Refectories Panel, Government of India (1971-73), Standing Committee of the State Advisory Council of Industries, Government of Maharashtra (1978-82), State Advisory Board of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra (1979-82), Governing Body of National Productivity Council (1978-80).

He owns ‘Afternoon Despatch and Courier ‘a daily eveninger published from Bombay.

Hobbies:

Kamal Murarka is an avid reader, writer, and nature photographer. He has published several articles on political and economic affairs of the country and written several book reviews. He has a mélange of interest which includes Horticulture, Floriculture and love for orchids.