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IFFCO (India) News - Sahakarita Ratna and Sahakarita Bandhu Awards; Marketing Division awarded ISO 9002; and Contribution towards Gujarat Cyclone Relief  (1998)
 

Sept, 1998
(Source: Asia-Pacific Co-op News, Vol. 5, No.2, May-August.1998, pp. 4)

Sahakarita Ratna and Sahakarita Bandhu awards
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Indian Farmers Fertiliser Co-operative Limited organised a function at the India International Centre, 2nd July, 1998, to award  IFFCO Sahakarita Ratna and Sahakarita Bandhu awards for the year 1996-97, which carries a citation and a cash prize of Rs.51,000/- each.

Shri Shantubhai C. Patel of Gujarat received the Sahakarita Ratna award from Dr. A.K. Patel, Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers, while Shri Nathi Singh of Rajasthan received the Sahakarita Bandhu award from Mr. Sompal, Minister of State for Agriculture, for their exemplary services to the co-operative movement in India.

During this function, a compilation of patriotic songs, collected, conceived and compiled by Prof. Shiv Kumar Mishra, titled ‘Azadi ki Agni Shikhayen’ - Torches of Freedom, was released by Shri Surjit Singh Barnala, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers. The collection includes poems, lyrics and songs of several thinkers, literateurs, poets during the freedom movement from 1857 to 1947.

Releasing the compilation, Shri S.S. Barnala commended IFFCO for bringing out this publication which provides an insight into the scenario of sacrifices made during the independence struggle for younger and future generations.

Shri Sompal, Minister of State for Agriculture and Dr. A.K. Patel, Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers also spoke on the occasion. Shri Surinder Kumar Jakhar, Chairman of IFFCO welcomed the gathering and Shri U.S. Awasthi, Managing Director spoke on the concept, compilation and background of the collection.

-IFFCO Press Release
 

IFFCO’s Marketing Division awarded ISO 9002
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The Marketing Division of Indian Farmers Fertiliser Co-operative Limited has been accredited with ISO 9002 Certificate of Approval by Bureau Veritas Quality International (BVQI), London for ‘Marketing Fertilisers, Strengthening Co-operatives and Providing Services to Farmers and the Rural Community’.

The certification is valid for a period of 3 years effective 5th June, 1998. Quality is a culture and way of life in IFFCO and the ISO 9002 international recognition for its standards match with IFFCO’s overall Vision 2000.

Incidentally, IFFCO is the first marketing set up in India to have attained the ISO 9002 certification.

Earlier in 1996, IFFCO’s Kalol manufacturing unit had also received the ISO award.
-IFFCO Press Release

IFFCO contributes towards Gujarat Cyclone Relief
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The Indian Farmers Fertiliser Co-operative Limited (IFFCO) has contributed Rs.26.5 million for cyclone relief in Gujarat, which covers IFFCO’s contribution and one-day’s wages donated by IFFCO employees. The cheques were handed over to Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, by IFFCO’s Chairman Shri Surinder Kumar Jakhar on 15th June, 1998.

Shri Surjit Singh Barnala, Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilisers, senior officials from the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers and IFFCO directors were also present at the function.

IFFCO has been contributing generously for relief of sufferings caused by such natural calamities in the past also.

-IFFCO Press Release