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Empowering farmers with timely,
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IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Limited

Telecommunications is a fast growing arena to transform Indian rural landscape. In the recent years, it has demonstrated its potential to play a vital role in contributing to the empowerment of people living in Indian villages. Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO), together with telecom giant Bharti Airtel and Star Global Resources Ltd. has promoted IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Limited as a joint venture. Airtel is extending its network backbone to IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Limited and also provide a sustainable income generating business opportunity to Cooperative Societies. In this model, the telecom products of Airtel are made available to farmers and people living in villages through cooperative societies. The same SIM Card which is used for communication, is turned into a powerhouse of knowledge for empowering people living in villages through relevant and pertinent information which is being provided by IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Limited through Value Added Service (VAS).

JV Partners

IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Limited is an innovative concept promoted by Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO), world's largest producer and distributor of Fertilisers, to promote rural communications with value added services. IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Limited is promoted by :

Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Ltd (IFFCO)

Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) is a well known cooperative society engaged in production and distribution of chemical Fertilisers and marketing of agriculture related products. IFFCO is renowned for its activities associated with empowerment of farmers & cooperatives. IFFCO is the backbone of IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Limited and provides its vast experience of rural development, agriculture and allied knowledge to ensure that latest information and services are provided on the mobile phone.

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Star Global Resources Ltd

Star Global Resources Ltd. is a Non Banking Finance Company involved in promoting innovative business ventures, with particular strength in telecom products services.

Bharti Airtel Ltd

Bharti Airtel Limited is the largest mobile telephony service provider in India. Bharti Airtel is well also known for fixed mobile telephone services, broad band services, etc. IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Limited uses Airtel network backbone in extending rural communication services.

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Board of Directors

Dr. U.S. Awasthi

Chairman, IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Limited

Dr. Udai Shanker Awasthi is the Chairman on the Board of IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Limited (IKSL). Dr. Awasthi was instrumental in architecting voice based advisory service for farmers through mobile phone, which has taken the shape of IKSL. Dr Awasthi was responsible for a large number…

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Mr. Rakesh Kapur

Director

Mr. Rakesh Kapur is an Managing Director on the Board of IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Limited (IKSL). He has a keen interest in adoption of ICT for the betterment of the lives of people living in rural India. Under his guidance, IKSL has grown from a fledgling initiative to a sustainable venture.

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Mr. Manish Gupta

Director

Presently, Mr. Gupta holds the position of Director (Strategy & Joint Venture) in IFFCO. Prior to this, Mr. Gupta was General Manager, Sr. General Manager and Executive Director and headed the Strategic Management Group. He was associated with setting up of Kisan International…

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Mr. Ranjan Sharma

Director

Mr. Ranjan Sharma is a Director on the Board of IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Limited (IKSL) representing M/s Star Global Resources Limited. Mr. Sharma is also the Director of Star Global Resources Limited and has a rich experience in the Indian Corporate Sector and rural domain…

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Mr. Ajai Puri

Director

Presently, Mr. Ajai Puri holds the position of Director, Market Operations in Airtel. He moved into this role after working as Operations Director for Northern and Eastern India and Bangladesh at Bharti Airtel. In this role, he was responsible for leading the market operations…

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Mr. Yogendra Kumar

Nominee Director

Mr. Yogendra Kumar is Nominee Director on the Board of IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Limited (IKSL) representing IFFCO. Marketing Director, IFFCO hails from the family of agriculturists and also holds a bachelor degree in agriculture. He has contributed more than 35 years dedicatedly…

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Mr. Pratip Chaudhuri

Independent Director

Mr. Pratip Chaudhuri has an extensive experience in the Banking Sector of nearly 39 years.As the Chairman of State Bank of India, he managed aspects of Bank’s working with emphasis on Profitability, Asset Quality, Physical expansion, Human Resources, Compliance and…

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Ms. Mala Srivastava

Independent Director

Ms. Mala Srivastava is by qualification graduate in English Honours from Patna University and Master’s degree in Social Science with Diploma in Development Finance from University of Birmingham, U.K. She is an ex-IRS Officer and possesses rich experience in the matters relate…

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Management

Mr. Sandeep Malhotra

Managing Director

Shri Sandeep Malhotra has been functioning as Chief Executive Office of the Company from 13 January 2015 up to 9th July, 2019. Mr. Malhotra has been appointed as Managing Director w.e.f. 10th July, 2019. He is vested with the overall responsibility of IFFCO Kisan’s affairs. He began his career with HCL and worked with Uptron, Siemens and ICICI Group before joining IFFCO Kisan.

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Mr Prabhaakar Narain

C.F.O

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Mr. S S Kukreja

Chief Operating Officer (KCC)

Mr. S S Kukreja joined IFFCO KISAN on 1st January, 2015 as Chief Operating Officer. He is overall responsible to manage the affairs of Kisan Call Centre. With total experience of nearly 40 years with IFFCO and its group of companies, Mr. Kukreja joined IFFCO in 1978 and worked in various capacities with major contribution to IT. In 2000, when IFFCO, as a part of its diversification plan, decided to enter Into insurance business and formed a new company called IFFCO TOKIO GENERAL INSURANCE CO.LTD (ITGI), he was deputed as Head IT.

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Mr. Vibhas Mandal

Head (HR)

Mr. Vibhas Mandal holds the position of Head (HR) in IFFCO Kisan. Mr. Mandal is Post Graduate in Human Resource Management from International Management Institute, New Delhi and a Graduate in Mathematics. He has close to 8 years of work experience where he has worked in different profiles and roles. His key skills are in the area of Human Resource Management, Talent Management, Training and Development, Compensation Management and Recruitment. He is currently working as the head of the Human Resource Department of IFFCO Kisan.

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Mr. Ganesh Prasad Dash

Chief - Operations and Risk

Mr. Ganesh Prashad Dash joined IFFCO KISAN on 5th October, 2010. Presently he holds the position of Head (Products and Operations). Mr. Dash hold rich experience of over 15 years in propelling business profitability, establishing profit centre operations, leading large teams and driving operational excellence across diverse industries.

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Mr. Sanjeev Sharma

Chief - Agri Business Services

Mr. Sanjeev Sharma joined IFFCO Kisan on 12th April 2012, as Head (Business Development) and leading the Business Development drive with focus on Institutional Business. He has been instrumental in customizing / enriching IFFCO Kisan’s Product & Service-Mix by collaborating with various Government / Non-government Institutions of national & international repute in agriculture - research and rural development sectors.

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Mr Morup Namgail

Head Agritech Development

Morup Namgail heads the Agri-Tech Department at IFFCO-IKSL. An Agri-Business professional with close to seven years of experience, his initial years in the organization focused on establishing institutional business partnerships predominantly in the development sector. As the Head of Department for Agri-Tech, he currently is responsible for further scaling institutional businesses, conceptualizing and designing farmer-centric agri-tech services, integrating new-age agri-tech platforms, designing content advisories for farmers across different digital platforms. He strongly believes in the philosophy of Alternate Thinking, Driving positive change.

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Awards & Recognition

Economic Times Telecom Award - 2014

IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Limited was bestowed the prestigious Telecom Award from the Economic Times under the ‘Use of Telecom for Social Good - For Profit Company’ category for the year 2014. The award was received by Mr. Ranjan Sharma (Director), Mr S. Srinivasan (EX-CEO) and Mr. Ashok Bala from Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Government of India.

eWorld Award - 2011

IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Limited was awarded the Best Jury Award for ICT enabled Agriculture Initiative for the Project m-Powering Farmers at eWorld Forum 2011 during the eWorld Forum Awards Night at Hotel Ashok, New Delhi on August 2, 2011.

Skoch Digital Inclusion Award - 2011

SKOCH Digital Inclusion Awards 2011 for the category "Value Added Services" was conferred on IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Limited for its initiative, "Farmers Empowerment through Mobile Phones" at the SKOCH Digital Inclusion Day, organized on 1st September, 2011 at Hotel Shangri-La, Ashoka Road, New Delhi.

Coffey International Award - 2011

Business in the Community is one of “The Prince's Charities”, a group of not-for-profit organisations in U.K. of which The Prince of Wales is President. It is a membership organisation that mobilises business for good. With HRH Prince Charles as patron, the annual BITC Awards for Excellence are the premier awards recognising companies that are integrating responsible business practice into their mainstream operations and are delivering positive impacts in the environment, the marketplace, the workplace and the community. Coffey, a global professional services consultancy firm, operating for 52 years focusing on both physical and social infrastructure, sponsors the Business in the Community ‘Coffey International Award’, which celebrates examples of excellence from businesses that have positively impacted one or more of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This Award identifies and celebrates such contributions to support progress towards achieving the MDGs.

President Obama's visit to IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Limited - 2010

The vision of IFFCO in promoting IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Limited as an institution for promoting rural empowerment received international recognition with the erstwhile President of the U.S.A., Mr. Barack Obama visiting the Agriculture Expo at St. Xavier's College in Mumbai on November 7, 2010. He was appreciative of IFFCO Kisan's initiative and in particular stated "It is a Great Idea. Do it across the world. Great Work.Keep it up."