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Chairman & Managing Director, GSFC

any years ago, in a school in India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru the fi rst Prime Minister of India, was the chief guest. As he walked towards the dais, from where he was to address the students, one boy walked out of his place in the students’ line and requested ‘Chacha Nehru’ to lift him up. When Nehru did no, the student offered him a rose. This was out of script: the programme did not have this student offering Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru the rose – teachers were livid, but Nehru smiled and said he was proud of India’s children who set their goals – and then implemented them. That student, from so many years ago, is today the CMD of Gujarat State Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited (GSFC). Dr S K Nanda is today as committed to his goals and achieving them – at GSFC. In this interview, he shares his plans for GSFC’s future and how he ensures that it remains an industrial giant – but with a difference. Edited excerpts:

BUSINESS BARONS: What prompted you, years ago, to step out of line and offer the rose to then Prime Minister of India, Pandit Nehru?

DR. S.K. NANDA: I was the monitor, it was my responsibility to handle various tasks when the school held various events; when the Prime Minister of the country came visiting, I had to be the one to offer him the rose on behalf of all students of my school.

BB: Your memories of what followed?

Dr. Nanda: Teachers were angry, but Panditji was tickled pink – he liked that I had set my goal – and then implemented the same. No punishment, as I recall, just Panditji’s soft voice saying, “Well done”.

BB: From the past to the present: let us start with your defi nition of GSFC.

Dr. Nanda: The Gujarat State Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited (GSFC) is a joint venture enterprise of the Gujarat Government. It was established in 1962. It has its registered offi ce at Fertilizernagar, Vadodara. It manufactures the ‘Sardar’ brand chemical fertilizers and various other chemicals and industrial products. GSFC’s mission is to become a world-class, multi-product, eco-friendly global company contributing to the nation’s economic growth as well as contributing to the welfare of society at large.

BB: Still from the past to the present, if you had to describe GSFC’s goals in one line, what would it be?

Dr. Nanda: GSFC is committed to enrich farmers’ lives by providing them much needed quality nutrients for their crops and by helping them to adopt scientifi c farming techniques for achieving higher productivity.

BB: How would you describe GSFC’s consumers? Could you share some information about your product mix?

Dr. Nanda: GSFC’s consumers span across the spectrum, from the household consumer to the core industrial consumer. GSFC has a product mix which includes more than 24 brands of fertilizers, petrochemicals, chemicals, industrial gases, plastics, fi bers and other products.

Chairman & Managing Director of GSFC

Winner of Subhash Chandra Bose National Award for Excellence, an award recognized by UNESCO and Communal Harmony Award, Dr S.K.Nanda is an IAS offi cer (1978 batch). At the fi eld level, he has worked as Collector in districts of Dangs, Baroda, Panchmahals, Banaskantha and Junagadh in Gujarat. Known as the Man of Management, Dr. Nanda has been instrumental in managing various socio-political and natural crises in the State for last 35 years of his service as an administrator. He has received FFI leadership award for Nutritional Global Leadership during a seminar on “Wheat and Wheat Products – Moving Towards Food Nutrition and Security”. He is recognized for his remarkable contribution towards promoting fl our fortifi cation in Gujarat. He was the fi rst person in India to enforce quasi-mandatory fortifi cation of wheat fl our distributed in the open market. He brought together all roller fl our millers and health and nutrition experts representing international and government agencies under one platform to implement a public-private strategy. In the year 2001 after Gujarat Earthquake, Dr Nanda was a temporary consultant for WHO and handled the entire work of relief, rehabilitation and restoration of the health infrastructures.

As Deputy Secretary, Health Department (1987-88), he worked as Programme Coordinator for newly launched mission on Universal Immunization. He has given his services for Department of Tourism (1983-84) Secretary – Information and Broadcasting (1997), Managing Director – Gujarat State Financial Corporation (1999-2001), Secretary – Youth Services & Culture (2001), Principal Secretary – Health Department (2001-2003), Principal Secretary – Food & Civil Supplies Department (2004-2007), Principal Secretary – Forests & Environment Department (2007-2012), Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department (2012-14) of Government of Gujarat and currently positioned as Chairman and Managing Director of Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd.

Dr S.K.Nanda has also served as Guardian Secretary of Dangs District, a remote and fully tribal pocket, for restoration of harmony and initiating development for peace and prosperity for last 15 years. The Dangs District which was one of the most backward districts among top 20 in India, was transformed during Dr. Nanda’s guardianship to become the Horticulture and Vegetable belt for urban markets assuring good quality of life to the Tribals.

His Coffee Table Book “Dang The Little Known Paradise of India” is recently released by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat. Earlier he authored 3 books out of which one happens to be his poetry collection called “Feelings”, his other titles include “Tribal Migration” which is a reference guide for many researchers and subject enthusiasts and “Earthquake Refl ections” which he wrote for National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), Government of India, New Delhi.

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Rural Economics, Dr.Nanda holds degrees of LLM, LLB and Masters of Arts in Political Science.

BB: The perception among many is that GSFC is largely about fertilizers. What would be your comments on this perception? Dr. Nanda: GSFC is one of India’s highperformance companies in the manufacture of fertilizers, industrial intermediates, polymers and fi bres. Let me specify that it is not just fertilizers. Each of the product lines that GSFC is into are critical to the Indian economy. The name may suggest fertilizers as playing a leading role, but in reality GSFC is into many different product lines. Most important, it plays a major role in empowering farmers and by helping boost India’s agriculture plays a vital role in the economic growth story of India.

BB: Could you elaborate on GSFC’s contribution to agriculture? Dr. Nanda: GSFC is not just a business conglomerate, but a multi-dimensional entity. It is a fact that GSFC has played a stellar role in boosting agricultural growth with its ‘Sardar’ Brand of plant nutrients as also by leveraging relevant technologies and talent and the accumulated experience of its employees. From a time when we were mainly into production of one line of fertilizers, today we are an integrated services package supplier to farmers: we have the set-up to test the soil and advise the farmer on what sort of fertilizer mix will help him get optimum yield. We promote drip irrigation and solar powered water pumps. We are changing — for the positive — the way Indian farmers optimize yields from their fi elds.

BB: While helping India’s agriculture sector grow, GSFC has also grown into an industrial giant.

Dr. Nanda: Yes, it is a fact — these attributes have enabled GSFC to be acknowledged among India’s top 500 companies. We are not just an ‘industrial giant’ but an environmentfriendly business organization. GSFC is focused on developing solutions for sustainable agriculture and industrial growth through environmentally safe manufacturing processes. BB: It is an industrial giant but with a difference?
Dr. Nanda: Yes, we are not just looking at profi ts, as many companies do. What makes GSFC an industrial giant with a difference is that it also focuses on renewable energy generation and conservation. GSFC has always kept farmers as its focus. Doing business ethically has been our hallmark. GSFC believes in being a company that is ever ready to deliver ‘total satisfaction’ to its customers, which makes GSFC an ‘industrial giant with a difference’.

BB: Please share with our readers one such instance – the Neem Coated Urea? Dr. Nanda: Yes, this is apt to explain how GSFC is an ‘industrial giant with a difference’: we’ve merged an eco-friendly product with fertilizer. The technology that creates Neem coated Urea is a purely inhouse development by the GSFC team, and the best part is that it comes at a nominal capital cost. Let me explain the positives: due to Neem coating, Urea will have the added value of being a fertilizer with an eco-friendly natural fungicide in soil over and above nitrogen nutrients which will be benefi cial for high yield of crops. Simultaneously it will also prevent the misuse of Urea for industrial purpose down the line as Neem coated Urea creates foam and odour. So it is a win-win for all – the farmer gains, the environment gains, and the nation gains, as Urea will not get misused for industrial use – and GSFC adds another feather to its cap by creating something unique. BB: GSFC has won the FAI Environment Protection Award for the third time in a row. your comments?

Dr. Nanda: I ended the previous answer by saying, “GSFC adds another feather to its cap by creating something unique”. Let me take that statement to its logical next stage: GSFC’s aim is to be ‘unique’. In keeping with this, I take pride in sharing with you the fact that Fertilizer Association of India (FAI), a premier Fertilizers Manufacturers Consortium, awarded GSFC’s Sikka Facility (near Jamnagar) the FAI Environmental Protection Award for the third consecutive year. This award is in recognition of GSFC’s pioneering efforts in producing vital agro-inputs in an environmental friendly way for the NP/NPK Complex Fertilizer Category.

BB: Could you elaborate on the ‘environmental friendly way’ aspect? Dr. Nanda: It represents the philosophy


1. Mahadhan Award 2013-14. This award was received by Mr. S. P. Yadav, General Manager (Marketing), in the august presence of Dr. S. K. Nanda, IAS, Chairman and Managing Director of GSFC, through the hands of Mr. Shailesh Mehta, Chairman of FAI-WR. e Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited has bagged the Fertilizer Association of India - Western Region (FAI-WR).
Mahadhan Award for Excellence in Crop improvement and productivity for the year 2013-14. The award was conferred at a grand function during FAI-WR Review Meeting held at Pune on 25th November, 2014.
As a part of its agro extension efforts, GSFC had organized demonstration plots across India helping farmers to adopt a package of best practices to achieve high productivity. At a demonstration plot in Maharashtra, a farmer produced 21% more maize, adopting GSFC practice and was adjudged the best amongst the plots of other fertilizer Companies by the Jury.

2. FAI Environmental Protection in the NP / NPK fertilizer plants – Sikka Unit for the year 2013-14.
Shri Ananth Kumar, Union Cabinet Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Shri Hansraj Aahir, MoS for Chemicals and Fertilizers, GoI presented this award to Dr. S K Nanda, IAS, Chairman & Managing Director, GSFC during the Annual Seminar of FAI at New Delhi on December 10, 2014.
The Fertilizer Association of India (FAI) a premier Fertilizers Manufacturers Consortium has honored Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited’s Sikka Facility, near Jamnagar; Gujarat with the FAI Environmental Protection Award, for the third consecutive year. This award is in recognition of GSFC’s pioneering efforts in producing vital agro-inputs in an environmental friendly way for the NP/NPK Complex Fertilizer Category.
At GSFC Sikka plant, 99% raw material consumption effi ciency is obtained with one of the best pollution control systems embedded into the basic plant design with Zero Discharge of Effl uents. There is no solid waste generation during the process. Entire liquid effl uents generated are recycled to conserve water. Even in the case of gaseous emissions, it is much below the pollution control norms.

3. Golden Peacock Award
Mrs. Rajashree Birla, Chairperson, Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural Development and Rt. Hon. Baroness Verma, Minister, Energy & Climate Change, Govt. of UK presented this award to Dr. S K Nanda, IAS, Chairman & Managing Director, GSFC during ‘9th International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility’ on January 19, 2015 at Mumbai.
GSFC has been declared the National Winner of ‘Golden Peacock Award for Corporate Social Responsibility’ for the year 2014 by Institute Of Directors, New Delhi, India. This Golden Peacock Award, instituted in 1991, is regarded as a benchmark of Corporate Excellence worldwide. Today Golden Peacock Awards Secretariat receives over 1,000 entries per year for various awards, from over 25 countries worldwide. The achievement of the Golden Peacock Award is the most powerful way of brand building. The Winners are eligible to use the Golden Peacock Awards logo on all printed and promotional materials for next one year, which proclaims to all its customers and suppliers the highest accolade conferred upon the company. This award provides not only worldwide recognition and prestige, but also gives edge in driving business in this tumultuous world.

4. INDIA CEO Awards’15
The award will be conferred in the Grand Award Ceremony in presence of some of the dignitaries including the Chief Ministers, Cabinet Ministers & High Commissioners/ Diplomats. Chairman & MD - GSFC, Dr. S K Nanda, IAS won the prestigious INDIA CEO AWARDS'15 which is awarded to the select top 100 CEOs across India. This award is being conferred under the aegis of ALL INDIA CEO NETWORK, a voluntary organization.. This kind of award is the fi rst of its kind happening in the world. CMD will also be addressing the gathering at the award ceremony and will share on "His success journey highlighting accomplishments & invaluable experiences.”

that GSFC follows. The Sikka Plant of GSFC works in a manner wherein it gets 99 per cent raw material consumption effi - ciency; it has one of the best pollution control systems embedded into the basic plant design with zero discharge of effl uent. Effectively there is no solid waste generation during the process; the entire liquid effl uent generated gets recycled, thus conserving water. Even in the case of gaseous emissions, it is much below pollution control norms. This is part of GSFC’s commitment to enrich farmers’ lives, providing them much needed quality nutrients for their crops as also helping them adopt scientifi c farming techniques to achieve higher productivity – by producing vital agro-inputs in an environment-friendly way.

BB: In line with promoting drip irrigation, GSFC has introduced water soluble fertilizers.

Dr. Nanda: Yes, GSFC has introduced fi ve grades of FCO approved ‘Water Soluble Fertilizers’ under the brand ‘Sardar Nutrisol’ for application through drip and sprinkler irrigation and foliar spray. These can be used as chemical fertilizers in drip and sprinkler irrigation systems and also as foliar spray to augment yield and improve quality of a variety of crops like fruits, vegetables, oil seeds, pulses, cereals, cotton, tobacco, sugarcane, tea, etc.

BB: Could you share details about GSFC’s initiative — liquid bio-fertilizers? Dr. Nanda: This is in keeping with ecofriendly measures to boost farm produce. Bio-fertilizers are ‘live Fertilizers’ of biological origin. GSFC is one of the leading manufacturers of Bio-fertilizers since 1984 under the brand name ‘Sardar Bio-fertilizers’. GSFC envisaged the demand of time and decided to switch over from carrier based Bio-fertilizers and provide ‘liquid Bio-fertilizers’ to the farming community

BB: From producing vital agro-inputs in an environmental friendly way to winning the national ‘Golden Peacock Award for Corporate Social Responsibility’ – is it part of the same road-map? Dr. Nanda: GSFC has received the national ‘Golden Peacock Award for Corporate Social Responsibility’ for the year 2014. It is among a string of National and International Awards, but at GSFC, let me say this: ‘total customer satisfaction’ is the ‘most valued award’. To come back to the ‘Golden Peacock Award: it is a prestigious award instituted by the Institute of Directors, New Delhi. The Golden Peacock Award is re-garded as a benchmark of corporate excellence worldwide and is regarded as being among the most powerful ways of brand building.

This award provides not only global recognition and prestige, but also defi nes GSFC’s edge in driving business with focus on CSR.

BB: Could you elaborate a bit? Dr. Nanda: As I mentioned earlier, GSFC is committed to enriching farmers’ lives — and not just by providing them quality nutrients for their crops and helping them to adopt scientifi c farming techniques, but also because of the efforts to improve the living standards of farmers. It is primarily about improving the ‘Human Development Index’ (HDI).

BB: And this has been an on-going process? Dr. Nanda: Oh, very much so. If GSFC has won the national ‘Golden Peacock Award for Corporate Social Responsibility’ in the present day, it is the result of dedicated CSR Activities done by GSFC since its inception in 1962. GSFC has developed CSR in a very special way as a concept to promote the overall development, progress and betterment of people belonging to weaker sections of society with a view to improving the Human Development Index in core areas like education, environment, health and sanitation, nutrition, support to NGOs, rural development (social and infrastructural), industryacademic interface, support during natural calamities and various in-house projects.

BB: From CSR to business growth: can you share some information about the Foundation Stone of New Plant at GSFC’s Sikka Unit?

Dr. Nanda: The foundation stone for GSFC’s new plant at Sikka in Jamnagar district for the manufacture of Phosphatic fertilizers was laid by me in February this year. The project is being set up with an investment of Rs 900 crore. The Sikka Complex is spread over in 776 acres land at Motikhavdi in Jamnagar district and manufactures Di-Ammonium Phosphate (DAP), Ammonium Phosphate Sulphate, NPK, etc. It has an aggregate production capacity of 2520 tonnes per day or 7.22 lakh tonnes per year. With the commencement of this new plant, which is the fourth unit to come up at the complex at Sikka, the production capacity would increase by 5.44 lakh tonnes annually, taking GSFC’s aggregate manufacturing capacity to 12.66 lakh tones every year.

BB: What makes this an important step in GSFC’s growth story?
Dr. Nanda: Let me explain why this is so. In India, we have largely followed a ‘one

medicine for all illness’ approach when it comes to fertilizers, especially in relation to Urea. There is a need to create awareness among farmers that, other than Urea, there are fertilizers which may be required to get best results. Among the alternatives is Phosphatic fertilizers for which we used to get raw material from the neighbouring state of Rajasthan. Now we want to ramp up production and will need a huge quantity of phosphoric acid which we will import. In sync with this aspect, GSFC also proposes to undertake dredging operations at Sikka to enable vessels with large capacity to berth at the jetty, facilitating higher volumes of phosphoric acid imports, thereby

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by saving on foreign exchange.
BB: Could you share some details of GSFC’s steps as regards backward integration?
Dr. Nanda: As a step towards backward integration as well as a part of global search for feed-stocks, GSFC has participated in a joint venture in Tunisia, viz. Tunisian Indian Fertilizers S.A. (TIFFERT). The aim is to ensure consistent supply of 1,80,000 TPA of additional Phosphoric Acid per annum required for the production of DAP. GSFC has also acquired a strategic stake in M/s Karnalyte Resources Incorporation in Canada, which will secure availability of Potash for GSFC in the long run.
BB: Could you tell us something about the Second Green Revolution phase? Dr. Nanda: Over the past half-decade, GSFC has entered the ‘second green revolution phase’ by developing alternative energy generation facilities and initiating the spread of drip irrigation systems in Gujarat. GSFC provides valuable services to farmers by way of agricultural inputs and marketing support.
BB: Has this — entering the second green revolution phase — made any changes vis-a-vis GSFC’s aims?
Dr. Nanda: Even as GSFC enters the second green revolution, it continues its role of encouraging agricultural growth

by developing and supplying Bio-fertilizers and Bio-technology products to farmers. GSFC has also advanced tissue culture facilities to support horticulture and other crops.
To provide farmers with high-tech inputs, GSFC has formed a 100 per cent subsidiary, GSFC Agrotech Limited, for research and production of liquid bio-fertilizers, plant growth Promoters - Sardar amin granules/ liquid, tissue culture and seeds.
BB: What about the Gujarat Green Revolution Company Limited?
Dr. Nanda: Yes, GSFC has promoted Gujarat Green Revolution Company Limited (GGRC) to promote drip-irrigation and sprinkler irrigation systems amongst farmers so as to optimize the usage of water and implementation/monitoring the Government subsidy scheme.

BB: ‘Let us look at something that is not about fertilizers — tell us something about the Melamine Project at Vadodara. Dr. Nanda: GSFC has signed a contract with M/s Casale, Switzerland on 5 February 2015 for setting up a 40,000 MTPA Melamine Project at an estimated cost of Rs.900 crore at the Vadodara complex. M/s Casale will provide high-pressure technology which has an advantage of producing Melamine of superior quality. This plant is all about ‘import substitution’ and will save the country’s foreign exchange.
BB: GSFC is already manufacturing Melamine?
Dr. Nanda: Yes, GSFC operates two Melamine Plants at its Vadodara Complex with an aggregate production capacity of 15,000 MTPA. The aim here is to become the market leader: after commissioning of the proposed project by the third quarter of FY 2017-18, it would result in total Melamine production of 55,000 MTPA. This would not only strengthen GSFC’s industrial products basket, but would also consolidate the company’s position as the market leader in Melamine production.
BB: How would you sum up your role vis-à-vis GSFC?
Dr. Nanda: GSFC is all about superior quality. Many of its products are ISO 9001 certifi ed. GSFC provides the highest value to the customer through economies of scale, continuous product improvement and value addition. It is a matter of great pride for me to be an integral part of GSFC’s vibrant growth in the coming years.

GSFC: The Business Conglomeration Which Is Environment Friendly
As an organization, GSFC is already a ‘Green Organisation’, and aspires to get ‘Greener’ while ensuring profi tability,
explains Dr. S K Nanda, IAS, Chairman & Managing Director, GSFC.

What makes a successful business conglomeration a responsible corporate citizen? At GSFC, the watch-word is on ensuring that we leave a legacy of clean and green environment for the future generations.

At GSFC, we work at two levels – one, we reduce and control pollution, and also utilize by-products to power our production processes. At the second level, we support usage of solar power and have set up wind farms to generate clean and green electricity. Betond these two, at the operational level, initiatives like GSFC’s clean development mechanism (CDM) bear testimony to the drive to reduce greenhouse emissions.

I would put it simply: as an organization, GSFC is already a ‘green organisation’ – and, we are aspiring to get ‘greener’ – but this does not come at the cost of profi tability. This is the message GSFC wants to spread as part of its ‘Corporate Mantra’ : a successful business conglomerate can also be environment friendly – GSFC certainly is proof of this.

At GSFC, we have aligned our business objectives with practices of resource conservation and environment protection, so as to ensure that we fulfi ll the objective of combating climate change.

Deeply committed to satisfy its social obligations, GSFC has – and will continue to – make consistent and effective endeavors for creating better environmental conditions through abatement of pollution and also by adopting sustainable development practices.

Regular technological initiatives are pressed into service with great vigor to improve and retain the purity of air, water and soil. GSFC’s fi rst clean development mechanism (CDM) project envisages use of waste gas from company’s plants to manufacture Ammonia, which is an alternative to natural gas fuel for production. For GSFC, it is a matter of pride that the technology for replacing the fossil fuel has been developed through in-house R&D efforts.

The second CDM initiative is for generating 152.8 MW green energy through a cluster of windmills, and we are committed to generating wind energy and feeding it into the electricity distribution system of the state of Gujarat, effectively our effort at reducing the carbon footprint as also generating a ‘clean and green’ source of power.

GSFC has also launched an initiative to support farmers who will fi nd value in using solar powered water pumps for their fi elds, in partnership with NABARD, in collaboration with the Department of Renewable Energy. From ‘macro level’ initiatives like the wind farms and in-house measures such as use of waste gas from company’s plants to manufacture Ammonia to the micro level, where individual farmers are encouraged to opt for solar powered water pumps, GSFC’s green initiatives are what makes it a successful business conglomeration and a responsible corporate citizen.

GSFC: The Genesis...

Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited (GSFC) is one of India’s largest conglomerations in the joint sector, with business interests in Chemicals, Fertilizers and Petrochemicals. Its history can be divided into three time zones: coming into existence (1962-1972), diversifi cation (1972- 2002) and the growth story (2002 – 2015 and beyond).

GSFC was originally conceived as a Fertilizer company with the objective of providing an agricultural boost to farmers in the State of Gujarat; and the aim of making Gujarat self-suffi cient in fertilizers.

The time-line at GSFC begins with its incorporation in 1962. Operationally, it started off when its plants went into production of fertilizers in 1967, and this phase lasted till 1972.

In its very fi rst decade of existence, GSFC stood out because of its path-breaking achievements. To name a few: it was the fi rst industrial complex in the country set up in the joint sector; the fi rst company to set up fertilizer plants within a short span of two years of getting requisite approvals. It was also the fi rst industrial project to secure direct and active equity participation of farmers as also the fi rst fertilizer unit to get assistance from IDBI’s Assistance Fund. It was also the fi rst company to adopt the Steam Naphtha Reforming process for manufacture of Ammonia.

The diversifi cation phase at GSFC is the period from 1972 – 2002, when it understood the market’s pulse and, as a structured diversifi cation strategy, forayed into the industrial chemicals segment. With this objective, the integrated complex at Vadodara has been designed and structured to be self sustaining, with use of by-products generated by its fertilizer group of plants.

GSFC was the fi rst company in India to establish a Caprolactam plant in the year 1974.

Caprolactam is mainly used for manufacture of downstream products like nylon yarn, tyre cord etc. This led to a logical expansion into production of Nylon-6
GSFC also became the fi rst conglomeration in India to recover Argon gas from purge gas, which in turn, led into the business of industrial gases in the year 1981. GSFC set up the fi rst DAP fertilizer complex in India at Sikka, Jamnagar. GSFC’s cutting technical edge as also its engineering resources have been catalysts in providing impetus to its expansion and diversifi cation strategies. GSFC has also set up India’s fi rst Melamine plant, and it aims to be the market leader with its expansion in terms of setting up a new melamine plant with capacity of 40,000 MTPA, which will add to existing capacity of 15,000 MTPA.

Entering the second green revolution, GSFC continued its role of encouraging agricultural growth by developing and supplying Bio-Fertilizers and Bio-technology products to the farmers under one roof. The Company has also advanced Tissue Culture facilities to support horticulture and other crops. In order to provide farmers with hightech inputs, GSFC has formed 100 per cent subsidiary, GSFC Agrotech Limited for research and production of liquid bio-fertilizers, Plant Growth Promoters-Sardar Amin Granules/ liquid, Tissue culture and Seeds.

GSFC has also promoted Gujarat Green Revolution Company Limited (GGRC) to promote drip-irrigation and sprinkler irrigation systems amongst farmers, to optimize usage of water and implementation/ monitoring the Government subsidy scheme.

GSFC is also contemplating an investment outlay of approx. Rs. 8,000 Crores for setting up an integrated fertilizer and petrochemicals complex at Dahej.

The expansion and diversifi cation of GSFC’s product portfolio has unfolded new growth vistas for the nation, providing much needed fertilizers for agricultural growth and the chemicals for industrial growth. GSFC’s mission is: becoming a world-class, multiproduct, eco-friendly global company contributing to the nation’s economic growth as well as contributing to the welfare of society at large.

GSFC’s Products: Catering To Multi-Fold Needs Of The Market

Business growth is not enough: being the market leader in existing markets as also increasing our reach across new markets is paramount at GSFC. As a business conglomeration, tomorrow’s growth requires investing today. For 2015- 16, GSFC has drawn up plans to spend over Rs. 1,200 crore, most of which will be for capacity expansions. Recently, we an nounced invest ments for both, ongoing and future expansions. The aim is simple: GSFC will not just do things that make us a successful business conglomeration; but will do things that make us ‘unique’.

GSFC is working on expanding its market, by also covering states in eastern India. Our market, traditionally, has been the state of Gujarat; at the secondary level, the states in Gujarat’s periphery: Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Now is the time we take a giant leap and start offering our wide range of products to regions in the country where we have not been very strong – for this, we need to ramp up production capacity. This requires large investments. The fi rst such investment is GSFC commissioning its large scale 60,000 MTPA plant of Water Soluble Fertilizers, which is scheduled to happen in this year, is an estimated investment of Rs. 44 crore.

Similarly, to meet the ever growing demand for plastics, GSFC is expanding its Nylon-6 capa city with additional production of 15,000 MTPA with additional investment of Rs. 125 crore.

GSFC will also set up a venture for Nylon-6 Fully Drawn Yarn (FDY) with capacity of 2,600 MTPA with an investment of Rs. 40 crore.

Considering the increasing demand of Melamine, GSFC is setting up a melamine plant of 40,000 MTPA at a cost of Rs. 1,000 crore, which will add to existing capacity of 15,000 MTPA.
At the level of the country’s economy, all these investments will contribute to signifi cant savings of scarce foreign exchange, while increasing GSFC’s market share – and, as we all expect, boost profi tability too.

There are new events, which will have an impact on development of infrastructure. GSFC is introducing two new products – Concrete Reinforcement Fibre (CRF) and Plastic Reinforcement Fibre (PRF). These are innovative Nylon-6 Fibres, which, as Secondary Reinforcement material, have a wide range of applications. Among others, these will make even more effi cient and water resistant the construction of concrete roads, bridges, airport runways, precast structures etc. For India, this will be a boon, as these will enhance the life of such structures as also ensure a better finish.

If we look at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mission of ‘Housing for All by 2022’ as also the project of ‘100 Smart Cities’, the nation will fi nd CRF and PRF as ideal products to help achieve these goals. GSFC has always been an innovative business conglomeration, and these will be part of the expansion, which will drive GSFC’s business growth.

GSFC’s Initiatives Towards Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility is not a theory – at GSFC, the implementation has moved to higher levels. Defi ned by ‘Human Development Index’, GSFC’s CSR activities ensure the overall development of those who need it the most. Dr. S.K. Nanda, IAS, Chairman & Managing Director, GSFC shares the details.

Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited is one of India’s largest joint sector chemicals, fertilizers and petrochemicals complexes. We are conscious of the fact that, the objective is not only to manufacture and sell fertilizers, but also offer services to people in rural areas to help their all-round development. This in a nut-shell is how GSFC’s activities had Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as a focus area. GSFC has a commitment: not just selling fertilizers and services to improve productivity of various agricultural activities, but also the overall development of the people.

A major part of India lives in villages and the prosperity of the rural areas is ultimately the prosperity of India. In this lies the foresightedness of GSFC’s mission which has resulted in the company becoming a leader in contributing towards well being of farmers as a part of its social responsibilities since inception in 1962.

Since its incorporation GSFC is involved in various CSR Activities in some or the other form but today CSR is developed as a very special concept for the corporate. To move ahead with the new vision on CSR, GSFC formed an independent CSR Cell for all four units in the year 2012-13; earlier this cell was functioning under the name ‘Village Development Cell’.

This cell is formed to promote the overall development, progress and betterment of the people belonging to weaker sections of society with a view to improve ‘Human Development Index’ (HDI). CSR Cell is formed to do not only traditional activities but such activities which will be based on new concepts of CSR

GSFC is one of the sponsors of The Akshay Patra Foundation (APF), which provides mid-day meal to government primary schools in Baroda City & Baroda, Padra & Waghodiya District. (The APF feeds more than 1 Lakh students every day)

SVADES is one such NGO which is working to improve quality of life in rural areas around GSFC. We are one of the leading promoters of this NGO for carrying out various needs based activities for youth development, women empowerment, educational programmes etc. which leads to Community to develop its own governance and become self-suffi cient.
Donations & Sponsorships are given to NGOs/Institutions like Bharat Sevashram Sangh,

Disha Charitable Trust (Autistic Children), Armed Forces Flag Day, SPIPA & many others.

Provided 500 idli cookers with gas connection to aaganwadis in 3 districts for improving nutritional status.

GSFC provides both Financial and Human resources aid during the time of Natural Calamities:

GSFC has its own health centre running since long and takes up various activities like medical camps, blood donations and emergency services for nearby villages.

For sanitation we have constructed toilets in the nearby villages and ultimately leading to cleanliness and hygiene by various awareness programmes. (Till date GSFC made 476 toilets & contributed partly for 2500 toilets)

GSFC is contributing by tree plantation activities, having lakhs of trees in our own premises of all four units, donating plants on regular basis, developing a chalk pond in to a beautiful and green hillock in the premises of GSFC, rain water harvesting, recycling water.

GSFC has provided fi nancially assistance to nearby villages for infrastructural development.

GSFC is having its own school at its 3 units since incorporation in which students from nearby villages are enrolled. GSFC is working on a model school project “Vidhyatirth” in association with Education Dept, Govt. of Gujarat & Knowledge Partner for developing 9 Government Primary School all over Gujarat.

GSFC organized a NSS camp & out of its experience GSFC is working at “Prathampura” village for overall development of this village & leading it in the direction of Model Village.

Women Empowerment is under taken in form of “Supplementary Income Generation Programme” so that women can become independent.

Development of Youth is done through Livelihood Generation Programmes for Unskilled Unemployed Rural Youth in which they get trained & placed in various sectors like retail, hospitality, security, hospitals, Courier Service, Gardening etc.

Industry Academic Interface: GSFC CSR Cell Coordinated with various Academic Institutions for Fieldwork of Students and provides them practical exposure in the fi eld of CSR. The vision is to bridge the gap between corporate, community & academic institute.

To promote and expand the scope of functioning of CSR to not only large scale projects but “UN TO THE LAST”.

We are having projects like “Shining Star” - Hobby centre for children of 7-14 age groups of 4 nearby villages.

During this 15 days project children did various activities like teaching English, Drawing and Craft for their personality development, Creating Leadership and an overall development.

Logically, at GSFC, Corporate Social Responsibility is taken very seriously. We define CSR as activity done with the aim to promote overall development, progress and betterment of people belonging to weaker sections of society, something that is measured in terms of ‘Human Development Index’ (HDI). The focus of CSR activities at GSFC is to ensure that we elevate the ‘Human Development Index’ by promoting overall development, progress and betterment of people from the weaker sections of society.

Since its incorporation GSFC has been involved in various CSR Activities in various forms. Present-day, CSR has developed as a very special concept for GSFC as a corporate entity.

To ensure that GSFC moves ahead in sync with the new vision on CSR, GSFC has set up an independent CSR Cell for all four units.

This was done in the year 2012- 13; earlier this cell was functioning under the name ‘Village Development Cell’. The CSR Cell does not only carry out traditional activities but also activities based on new concepts of CSR.

And, this concept is a thought process that you will fi nd across GSFC. For example, a separate department called ‘Agro Development & Agro Services (AD & AS)’ has been created, where technical experts of different fi elds and well-trained staff undertake and coordinate various activities to generate and transfer agriculture technologies for overall improvement. This helps achieve the desired goal, aim to promote overall development, progress and betterment of people belonging to weaker sections of society, something that is measured in terms of ‘Human Development Index’.

The aim is to promote overall development, progress and betterment of people belonging to weaker sections of society – and that, I believe, is true CSR, translated into action at GSFC.

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