SDS is committed to provide enabling services to unlock potentials to impact the life of the poor and disadvantage section of the society.  This is possible with a team of highly professional & technically qualified personnel, who have a vast and practical experience of working at grass roots with underserved segments of the society. 

SDS operates in 11 states of India which includes all Northeast India states, Bihar, Odisha and Karnataka  serving the needs of Central & State government, Doner, CSR agency, not-for-profits, FPOs, individual entrepreneurs and other development organisations in five major service areas-

(i) programme design and implementation support in agriculture, livestocks and fisheries,

(ii) Small Farmers business incubation,

(iii) Institution building and Capacity Building,

(iv) Climate Change and Environment,

(v) Research and studies,

(vi) Development evaluation /Monitoring and Evaluation Support.

With more than 9 years of existence, SDS leads with the values of quality services, transparency and accountability  to enable our client in their goals.  Our team hold values that reflects in our actions



The unique demographic status, diversified culture and socio-economic context of North-East India calls for different set of attention for its developmental needs. When SDS was established, there was no other agency extending such services in these areas. There was a very strong demand for total solution provider catering to the unique requirement of this area. But, none existed to fulfil it.

SDS was established as Sesta Development Services in Guwahati on 14th-Februry,2013 by three development professionals, Khanindra Kalita, Parag Boruah & Aswini Bhattacharjya in Guwahati. SDS is registered under Indian Trust Act.

In the last 8 years of its existence, SDS has worked in almost all north-eastern states alone and/or with other agencies. During this period, SDS has been actively engaged in Capacity building, Institution building (Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs), farmer business incubation in Fishery, Piggery & Poultry, Training & capacity building across the board for all state & National Rural Livelihood Mission personnel, research & surveys.


The centrality of SDS action and culture is anchored with the though -

At, SDS we believe the potential of individuals and give full autonomy to apply himself or herself in the work to serve the client in a best possible manner to bring desirable changes. Our team members are from diverse educational background with significant practical experiences.

Head Office
Parag Boruah
Mr. Parag Boruah is the Managing Director of SDS-India and co-Promoter of SeSTA. He has been in the development sector for almost two decades now. An Environmental Scientist from Gauhati University, Assam, Parag Boruah chose to work with rural/tribal communities on grassroots' issues specially on rural livelihoods. He has worked with PRADAN and IIFM-Bhopal for couple of years and then moved to Assam in 2011, to contribute to the rural communities in the North-East region. Mr. Boruah has been supporting and collaborating with various grassroots organisations and peoples' institutions in developing their human resources, technology, systems, proceses, community interventions and streamlining the transformation of life of rural poor.

Saumit Kumar Das
Saumit had developed a command over strengthening existing extension system through video-based approach. As a skilled professional with more than 5 years of experience leading video projects from start to finish, he positioned to make a significant socio-economic impact by producing community led videos. He has intensive experience in documenting various aspects of the society for better communication with the different stakeholders. He spearheads high-style, high-quality video production projects throughout all life cycle phases, applying expertise in shooting, lighting, multi-camera usage, framing, editing, directing, and post-production to meet organization goals and budget requirements. Saumit have had strong will to work in an organization who is intensively working towards development of deprived society which fascinate him to pursue Rural Development from KSRM. He Spent his sophomore year of college in working as intern with various development organization i.e. M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), National Farmer Fishery Cooperative Society (NFFCS), Development Alternative (DA), which develop a deep cognizance on how development sector organization' function.

Barnali Das
HR Admin
Barnali is masters in English Literature, specialized in phonetics in English language from Cotton University, Assam. She has an experience of 5years in education, counselling, co-ordination, Human Resources, Documentation and team leading. She has been a part of SDS, since December 2021 as HR Admin and is posted in Head Office. She also os in charge of all the co ordination and documentation of the FPOs.

Dr. Sunil Garg
Sunil has more than 9 years of work experience in enterprise promotion. He is a veterinarian who also holds rural management degree (from XIMB & HAU respectively). During his career spanning over last more than 8 years, he has extended his services across states of MP, Jharkhand, Odisha, Haryana, Assam, Nagaland. He has worked with the tribal population of Central & North Eastern region consisting of: Gond, Khairwar, Bheel, Bhelala, Sahariya, Kondh, Hmar, Mizo. He has promoted 2 primary producer’s FPO & Cooperative in MP. With the enterprise development experience in Agriculture & animal husbandry sector, he has linked the community with the market in semi-formal to formal format with the forward& backward linkages. Sunil is also a Sitaram Livelihood Case Study Competition winner of 2011.
Dr. Bhaskar Kumar Kakati
Bhaskar Kumar Kakati has obtained PhD in Social Sciences from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). Besides he has also cleared UGC-NET in women studies. He is also the recipient of merit certificate for being among the top 0.1% of successful candidates of All India Senior School Certificate Examination 2002 in History. Dr Kakati has more than ten years of work experiences in research and evaluation, monitoring, project implementation and management. He worked for various organisations and institutes including Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Shillong, PRADAN, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, NIRD &PR, ASRLM. He is also an accredited master trainer of financial literacy accredited by National Academy of RUDSETI, Bengaluru. Furthermore, he has undertaken various short term capacity building programmes on basic livelihoods, institutions building, entrepreneurship development sponsored by NERLP, IIM Shillong, SDS. Dr Kakati has contributed more than 15 research papers published by various reputed publishing house including Tylor and Francis, SAGE etc. He is also the author of one book and two book chapters. Moreover, he is also the co-project director of an ICSSR Research Project on Rural employment and migration. Dr Kakati also attended four research methodology workshops organised by ICSSR (NERC), Shillong, OKDISCD, Guwahati, Manipur University, Imphal, Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi. He has also attended and presented paper in ten seminars organised by various institutions, universities.
Gitashree Barman
Gitashree is organized and utter articulate Research Professional, graduated with a degree in Economics (B.Sc.) from Cotton College, Guwahati with a specialization in Applied Economics (M.A) from Pondicherry Central University. She is also an Mphil-PhD scholar in Development Studies from TISS, Mumbai. She holds a work experience of around a year in SPI Global Pvt. Ltd, Chennai as a SME in Chegg, Department of Economics. Also has years of experiences in Research skills and project management. She has been a part of SDS as a Consultant since February, 2022. She has depth understanding on research methods and test parameters, analyzing data, writing reports, and maintaining tool and database. She is closely working with our research team to ensure smooth and efficient implementation of the priorities and initiatives under various research projects.
Arjun Kumar Debnath
Project Executive
Arjun has done Pure Science from Tripura University .He worked under Various Organization and with Over 6 years of Experience in Agriculture and Allied Sectors. Worked in NERLP Project under Ministry of DoNER and Worked as a CEO under Dharmanagar Agro Organic Farmer Producer company Ltd. Tripura .Now,Working As a Project Executive in Assam under SDS.His interest areas are Working with Farmer's Group,FIG,FPO, Sustainable Livelihood Generations of Farmer's.
Regional Office
Sagarika Tripura
Sagarika Tripura has experience of more than 3-4 years in the Organization. She Associated with SDS(Sesta Development Services) since 1st September 2018 in different livelihood project , She worked in NERLP Project as SMS(Subject Matter Specialist) . She also worked in TRLM Project as SMS, She has the good experience to perform different roles & responsibilities assigned & hence easing the work of the organization. She has intensive experience in designing technical protocol for the project & designing IEC material in consultation with technical agencies & progressive farmers. She has a good technical knowledge, great communication & problem solving skills thereby providing regular technical support to the farmers. She is also involved in building capacity of the cluster coordinators & livelihood coordinators & community resource persons & worked in SFAC Project in capacity & institutions building. Being a part of diversified projects she has the vast knowledge, skills, ideas of handling different projects. She has conducted different training programs for FIG members, BOD & FPC staff for capacity building. She also provided different technical training in multiple aspects like organic fertilizer preparation, disease management in crops. Sagarika has good time management skills & is punctual towards the work assigned to her ,thereby ensuring timely arrangement of inputs & implementation of technical protocol with Agri-allied sector.
Ayan Sarkar
Project Executive
Ayan has done Agriculture from Uttarakhand Technical University,Dehradun.He worked under Various Organization and with Over 5 years of Experience in Agriculture and Allied Sectors. Worked in NERLP Fishry Project and Worked Under Department of Agriculture and Farmer's Welfare,Govt. Of Tripura In ATMA Project.Worked in TRLM Fishery Project ,Now Working in Central Sector scheme-Formation and Protion of 10000 FPO Scheme, Working on Marketing Sector of FPOs, As a Project Executive in Tripura,Under SDS.His interest areas are Working with Farmer's Group,FIG,FPO,Sustainable Livelihood Generations of Farmer's.
Regional Office
Sanjyot Jain
Sanjyot is a social work graduate,with a specialization in livelihood and social entrepreneurship from TISS, Mumbai, and holds a work experience of around 2 years in the private as well as the public sector. She has joined SDS India since Feb, 2022 as a Consultant, and is currently based out of Bangalore, working on the Developmental Evaluation (M&E) assignment of the 'Renewable Energy and Livelihood' program of SELCO Foundation, funded by IKEA Foundation.
Arunachal Pradesh
Regional Office
Manjuli Khrotong
Project Executive
Manjuli khrotong, mastered in zoology science, specialisation in fish biology from University of kota, rajasthan. I worked as Fishery field supervisor for 1 years under Fishery department at Tezu. Presently working as project executive at Sesta Development services under Formation and Promotion of 10000 new FPO'S. she joined SDS at 5th of August 2021 and looking after 2 blocks i.e., Roing and Dambuk, Arunachal Pradesh.
Regional Office
Dr. Mokadesh Ali
Poultry Technical Expert
Presently, I am entrusted for formation, facilitation and management of poultry value chain in the Koshi region of Bihar under the World bank assisted Bihar Kosi Basin Development Project (BKBDP). The objective of the activity is to augment the income of poultry farmers by collectivising them in farmer producers’ companies (FPOs) under Company Act, 2013. I began my career at the National Small-holder Poultry Development Trust (NSPDT), Bhopal (India). I worked there as an executive (trainee), production manager and CEO of cooperative societies of women poultry producers during September, 2013 to March 2019. In the role CEO of cooperative, I was responsible for monitoring the poultry business of a cooperative having 250 to 300 thousand replacement of broiler birds per month, strategic decision making with the board of directors, technical meet and handholding support to poultry farmers and liaisoning with the stakeholders and periodic review of works of the cooperative society. I have earned an MVSc in Animal Nutrition and BVSc from College of Veterinary Science, Assam Agricultural University, Khanapra, Guwahati. I did my schooling in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Darrang (Assam). I have a strong interest in human and animal welfare activities.
Dr. Anjan Barman
Senior Consultant (Poultry Technical Expert)
Dr. Anjan has been associated with SDS since Sept., 2021 as Senior Consultant in Bihar Kosi Basin Development Project (A project of Animal & Fisheries Resources Dept., Govt. of Bihar & funded by World Bank) with the purpose of "Formation, facilitation & management of poultry value chain in Koshi region of Bihar". He began his career in 2013 at NSPDT (National Smallholder Poultry Development Trust, Bhopal). He worked there for 8 years in various cooperative societies & producer companies in MP, Assam & Jharkhand as Executive (Trainee), Production Manager & CEO/Manager that were promoted by NSPDT for economic upliftment of rural tribal women through poultry enterprise. In 2019 he got the opportunity to attend "XXIst World Veterinary Poultry Association Congress" (WVPAC) in Bangkok, Thailand. He completed BVSc & AH in 2013 from College of Veterinary Science, Khanapara, Guwahati (Assam).
Regional Office
Nahakpam Surjobala Devi
Project Executive
Nahakpam Surjobala Devi, Mastered in Fisheries science, specialisation in Aquaculture from College of Fisheries, CAU, Lembucherra, Tripura. Have an experience in teaching in college of Fisheries, Kawardha, Chhattisgarh and in School of Fisheries in, Centurion university, Paralakhemundi, Odisha for 1 and half years. And experienced as a trainer in Fishery sector for 2 years under RKVY and ICICI Foundation.. Currently working as Project Executive at Sesta Development Services Under Formation and Promotion of FPOs. Joined at 13th September 2021 and basically it is based at Manipur.