Senior IAS officer Vipul Mittra was recently appointed as the Chairman of Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers Company Limited (GNFC).
Vipul Mittra, who belongs to the 1986 batch of IAS and was last serving as the additional chief secretary of panchayats, rural housing and rural development department in Gujarat government, replaces the state’s former chief secretary Pankaj Kumar as the GNFC Chairman.
In a career spanning 37 years, Vipul Mittra has served in several key posts in the Revenue, Finance, Education, Ports & Transport, Rural Development, Urban Development, Tourism, General Administration, and Labour and Employment departments. As the Tourism secretary, he played an instrumental role in the Khushbu Gujarati Ki campaign, featuring Amitabh Bachchan, which catapulted Gujarat among the most popular tourist destinations in the country.
Established in 1976, GNFC is one of the oldest state PSUs. It is also one of the largest with annual revenue of Rs. 8,642 crore and a market capitalisation of more than Rs. 8,600 crore. The company reported a net profit of Rs. 1,703.75 crore or Rs. 4.66 crore per day in the last financial year.
GNFC began as an ammonia-urea fertiliser manufacturer and is one of the leaders in the fertiliser industry today. It is engaged in the manufacturing and selling of fertilisers such as urea and nitro phosphate. It has one of the largest ammonia plants and is the pioneer of various neem products.
GNFC has also diversified into chemicals and petrochemicals such as methanol, formic acid, nitric acid, acetic acid and a range of other products that are used in a wide variety of industries. It is also the only Indian company to produce Toluene Di-isocyanate (TDI).