Sunday, November 13, 2005

Rural Kiosks model to spread internet in Rural India

According to this news: Ltd, plans to deliver the government and other services to villagers through ICTs. They rely on the enterprise of local entrepreneurs supported by a central organisation and ICT infrastructure. Improving services to villages and increasing the economic viability of rural entrepreneurship through proprietary arrangements with the governments to provide services at lower than government costs are some of the stated aims. Its basic objective is to sensitise and promote the usage of ICT kiosks among users and the outside stakeholders. It advocates the need of basic accountability, timely reporting and spreading general awareness about new economy.

It has two roles: to expand and build the network and to sell services through the kiosks which it sets up. A kiosk is a multi-point service delivery channel in a village. The kiosk operator provides different kinds of services to villagers like computer education, insurance, digital photo studio and the Internet-based services. The kiosk is equipped with a computer, a digital camera and a photo printer. This project is in partnership with ICICI, Microsoft, Amaron. Advantage to ICICI is that it can offer financial products and services such as loans, investments and insurance through these kiosks.
I think, this project has a huge potential if the model is properly implemented. This is very similar to governments knowledge centre concept (or Abdul Kalam's PURA). However, as there is a wonderful business, so govt's role should be limited to service provider. I mean, Govt services should become add-ons to the total project. Govt should invest in educational issues, family planning, similar social issues. But it should not focus on setting-up the infrastructure. Otherwise, whole efficiency of this project may become a question. I am very happy that once ignored market of rural India is now a hot market and this fact has been realised by truly global players. So now changes will be rapid.

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Every Village a Knowledge Centre : Mission 2007

According to this news:

With its grand Mission 2007 project, the Chennai-based M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation plans to promote rural prosperity by focussing on an information and knowledge-led rural economy. Their dream of rural prosperity is all set to materialise in the current decade, thanks to the formation of a national alliance to make every village a knowledge centre by 2007 and the launch of Mission 2007 to achieve this goal.

The national alliance, which began with 40 members, now has over 100 partners, including government departments, public sector enterprises, industrial houses, philanthropic bodies, NGOs and international development agencies. The village knowledge centres will be organised and managed by ICT-based SHGs and NABARD is expected to provide Rs.1 lakh as loan to each centre. A cadre of one million grassroots level fellows would be created and they would function as the torchbearers of the knowledge revolution. Other key aspects to receive attention include gender mainstreaming of content, assured and remunerative market-linking of producers and purchasers, outsourcing of work from towns to villages, fostering SHGs and organising technical, financial and infrastructure resources.

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The hidden wealth of the rural poor

According to this news:

Financial services are at last spreading from the rich to the developing world—and even making money. In rich countries, financial services on the whole work remarkably well, despite the exotic salaries, the crackpot deals and the occasional bust. By contrast, financial services for poor people in developing countries—a business known as “microfinance”—have mostly been awful or absent so far.

At present, nobody knows how many institutions are providing microfinance in some form, but the number is certainly increasing. They are growing fast and serving a vast number of people in absolute terms, although still only a small proportion of the billions who earn only a few cents a day. Local banking giants that used to ignore the poor, such as Ecuador's Bank Pichincha and India's ICICI, are now entering the market. Even more strikingly, some of the world's biggest and wealthiest banks, including Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank, HSBC, ING and ABN Amro, are dipping their toes into the water.
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Free Computers for Rural Communities and select individuals

Recent announcement of, a Hongkong based firm, unveils a very new business concept. It is planning to offer computers absolutely free for rural folks (even to NGOs, individuals, small rural companies, etc) of Latin America, China, India, Russia, Continental and Eastern Europe, South Africa, Mexico, the Philippines and West Asia.

Although it has not received media attention as expected, but I believe it will be a sensational news within few days.

First of all, is it a viable business model? Although Ms. Chen (CEO, is silent in this regard, some curious observers predicted the following.
This model could work -- but it might be difficult to attract the required sponsorship. Some Russian companies might be willing to pay up to $10 per computer annually to attract users from the targeted demographic to their sites. If could attract such companies for each of the 10 buttons, it would earn $500 over the maximum lifespan of the average PC, more than covering the cost of the lowest PCs currently on the market.
On the negative side, observers feel:
We do not see any lock-in value for the sponsor as the user may not use these keys at all. Coupled with this, the PC is connected to the internet through dial-up modems, when most of the internet connections now available operate on the broadband route.
Will it explode like 1GB free e-mail service or it busts like FreePC which attempted to distribute 10000 compaq machines in 1999?

If it succeeds, we will see radical changes in society towards computing. Which, in turn, means that we have seen only a fraction of IT revolution till date. I do hope so irrespective of practicalities.

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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

African farmers share traditional knowledge

According to this news:
Farmers in Tanzania and Kenya are developing sustainable crop protection strategies — and spreading the word when they hit on a solution which works for them. When they observe positive results in the field, they spread the message via radio programmes, printed materials and traditional music and drama, so that farmers in other districts can try similar tactics. The initiative is part of the UK Department for International Development Crop Protection Programme. The programme builds on farmers’ traditional knowledge, adding scientific knowledge about pests, diseases and weeds and options for their management. In Tanzania’s Singida district, peasant farmers have been helped to develop traditional crop protection methods against seed-eating birds, mainly queleaquelea, as an alternative to expensive and damaging agrochemicals. They use traditional early warning information on the migratory patterns of the birds.

DFID Crop Protection Programme
Park House
Bradbourne Lane
Kent ME20 6SN
Fax: +44-1732 220498
Such a program can very well be replicated in India.

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Sunday, October 30, 2005

New vibrant India upbeats on agri-preneurs

According to this news:

Terra Firma, a government of India-recognised agricultural training centre, has mooted what it calls Farmer's World, a supermarket chain to be run by agriculture graduates who have trained to become agripreneurs.

It is being jointly promoted by Small Farmers Agri Business Consortium, a society under the union ministry of agriculture.

Farmer's World will be a one-stop shop selling all farm produce under one roof.

The ultimate aim is to provide job opportunity to at least 5,000 agriculture graduates, who will be linked with each other.

The entrepreneurs can place their order with the central hub and get delivery within 24 hours through a transport network being organised by Terra Firma.

The central hub will help in creating a farmers' input (seeds, fertilisers, bio-pesticides) supply chain, render marketing and other services required by farmers and the agripreneurs, act as an information kiosk and impart technical know-how and extension service.

Each local centre will be constituted as a private limited company, with agriculture graduates as its directors. The initial cost of each centre will be Rs 80 lakh {Rs 8 million (estimate made by SFAC)}.

The agripreneurs will contribute Rs 800,000 as promoter's equity, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development will give a subsidy of Rs 20 lakh (Rs 2 million) under a programme of the National Horticultural Board, SFAC will provide a venture capital loan of Rs 12 lakh (Rs 1.2 million) at zero per cent interest, which is payable after the repayment of bank loan, and a term loan of Rs 40 lakh (Rs 4 million) will be raised from commercial banks.

Leading banks such as ICICI Bank, Vijaya Bank, HDFC Bank, Canara Bank and Syndicate Bank have come forward to finance these projects. Over and above all this, the state agriculture and horticulture department will provide up to 20 per cent subsidy.

Terra Firma is presently conducting a market study and logistics survey and hopes that the network will be in place within six months.

The company will act as a nodal agency, identifying and training entrepreneurs, conducting market surveys, preparing the detailed project report for each centre and help in setting up the centres and monitoring the scheme. "We act as a service provider.

Terra Firma expects that each entrepreneur will make a business turnover of about Rs 2 crore (Rs 20 million) annually, on which it plans to charge service fee of about 2-3 per cent. "This will not be a permanent arrangement. It is not compulsory for them to rely on our support,"

See complete news here.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Visit rural Kerala to search for grassroot innovators

National Innovation foundation (NIF) is engaged in finding out rural innovators and help them with business practices of their inventions.

"Shodh yatra" mean : A Collective walk through the rainforests to learn from the creative communities and individuals.

16th shodh yatra will be held in Kerala (an Indian state known as "a Gods own country") during the end of december, 2005. More details can be seen here.

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Vacancies in NIF

National Innovation Foundation is the path breaking organization in supporting grass-root innovators of Rural India.

Currently NIF is looking for professionals (with aspiration towards rural development). Find more details here.

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Friday, September 23, 2005

Rural development course with scholarship 21000 Euro pa

M.Sc. program in Rural Development is offered in Europe with a scholarship of 21000 Euro per annum.

Please find more details on this course here.

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Monday, August 29, 2005

Economic Times upbeats on Rural Development

It is a wonderful news. Vinod Khosla (Co-Founder Sun Microsystems) has acted as guest editor for India's top news paper "The economic times".

Being one of the topmost venture capitalist of the world, he edited news on every aspect in regards of business oppertunities exist in this forgotten land.

August 29, 2005 issue carries completely on Rural development issues. I think every invester, activist, economist, businessman etc should see this issue.

Some of the headlines:

700 million Indians (Rural population)
India Inc crops up or Moolah Rouge
Home in on warehouses
Companies roam the countryside
WiMAX: Getting maximum from your telephone
Villages getting a healthy dose of telemedicine
They all are in the net
Rural POs to be one-stop service shops
Plough cosies up to the keyboard
This is one GM that’ll be the boss (GM- Green Revolution, Gene revolution)

Please see those news here.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

IT to villages

According to this news:

Department of Information Technology (DIT) of India has identified certain key priorities in this area (IT to villages).

The first-the creation of core common infrastructure in terms of State Wide Area Networks (SWANs) for providing connectivity, National/State Data Centres for reliable and secured data and Common Services Centres (CSCs) for delivery of Services.

DIT has already announced guidelines for providing supports to the States for the establishment of SWANs. Out of 30 states, 17 have shown keen interest in implementing this project, Maran said. Some of the states have already been financially supported under the SWAN scheme, which has an outlay of Rs.3,334 crore.

An empowered committee on SWAN has been constituted with Secretary (IT) as Chairman and members from Planning Commission, Ministry of Finance, National Informatics Centre and DIT. The committee has already considered SWAN proposals from 14 states and approved Rs. 1027.63 crore. Out of this, Rs. 206 crore, which is 20 percent of approved outlay, have already been released.

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Dust Free PC for Rural

According to this news,
Intel announced plans to supply emerging countries with a new PC made specifically to tolerate hot and dusty conditions. It has showed a demo PC of such.
However it still does not support Indian hot weather. I wonder what would be its cost?? However Indian Simputer and AMD's 50x15 are competetive products to this Intel's dust-free pc. Although late, but it is good that large corporates see the Rural areas as viable market. So we can see some competetion and in a way cost gets down which makes low end user happy.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

New technology to help remote areas access the internet

According to this news:

RURAL AND remote areas in the United Republic of Tanzania may soon have access to reliable internet connectivity thanks to a newly introduced information technology.

The technology is a positive development for many remote communities which are beyond the reach of communications infrastru cture, reliable internet connectivity, access to libraries, and interaction with other users through e-mail.

The new technology uses satellite communication, which provides a uniform level of service to all communities re gard less of their location.

The technology includes a central hub facility, internet backbone connectivity, and fully indep e n d e nt classroom, intra-class computing facilities, training programmes for administrators and teachers, and an education portal.

The education portal provides a single point of interaction with dynamic information, applications, processes and people. The satellite link will enable any community to have access to high quality education materials from national, academic, medical and law libraries, regardless of where it is located.

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Sunday, August 07, 2005

IDOL vs ICON : Real Problem

see below for definitions of idol & icon in this context.
In India, if someone does a bit extraordinary in any '
one field' then he becomes " IDOL". On the other hand, in the other part of the world, such person becomes "ICON".

I mean the 'problem' is: people go by blind faith in regards of any field without any constructive criticism (because he was successful in just one field).

That is why: APJ Kalam, Jayalalitha, Gandhi, Amitabh, vivekananda, Sachin, Buddha, RajaniKanth,Ambedkar, NTR, Shirdi Saibaba, etc. became IDOL.

Nitin interpreted this problem as:
'person/personality' overshadowing the 'essential value', glorifying former than the later .. whereas it should have been otherwise..

I think this is a very very serious problem to look into. Because, it is usually who are successful in one field neglect all other things. We should not follow him in other areas at all. for example, Buddha (so called GOD), has neglected his family.

Although this problem exists in other part of the world but it is close to fanatic in the case of India. Congress has been able to sustain in century long politics due to demiGod status of Gandhi, Nehru, etc.

Amit's guess is, this is due to, we lack "ego", a sense of self, self-importance, self-respect, and confidence. Thus, we tend to submit everything to authority pretty quickly. We see someone successful in one field and want to raise him/her to a padestal.

My opinion: I partly agree with him, it is due to the lacking of inquisitive reasoning. More clearcut solutions/reasoning are invited.

What is ICON & IDOL ?? Nitin explains:
as used in present context, icon is an object/entity/individual that represents/symbolizes/expresses the epitomized/exemplified/exalted nature/idea of a action/value/belief/phenomenon

and relevance of an icon is limited to/by the action/value/belief/phenomenon.. the later is the most important here.. icon just glorifies/celebrates/inspires them

idol is an object/entity/individual that is a demigod (popularly considered).. an object of devotion (usually flawed sense of devotion) ..

dr.kalam is an icon as indian citizen/scientist, and only that
meryl streep is an icon of 'acting' as an art, and only that
amitabh is an icon of indian cinema/acting, and only that

none of the above are idols.. their person's/life's are not to be aped/pursued.. but they should just be a source of inspiration in the respective field... nothing more ..

Note: Nitin and Amit are friends of mine.

Cricket does wonders!

Over the years and in particular from past few days, I am hearing the following statement. I am serving India by watching cricket. If I am hearing from someone who is not educated then I would n't have cared at all but from highly learned people. So after giving a little thought, I would like to mention somegreat things of this game: (if u know some more, let me know!)

(As of my knowledge)
Cricket is the only TV program in the world which can make viewers sit before a TV for continuously for more than 8 hours. For this, I think it should get into Guinese Book of Records.

Cricket does another wonder: A poor country like India (and that too, poor citizens of it) are encouraging a sport in developed countries like UK, Australia, NewZealand. Players/cricketing body in those countries are directly/indirectly funded by India's poor citizens. Unfortunately those countries dont ever acknowledge and we dont care because we dont even know this fact.

Many people feel that they do not pay any money to
cricket just by watching it. Unfortunately by watching cricket means: watching thousands of Ads and thus making a room to thousands of companies so by paying money for all those ads costs, companies, cricket board and players. For example, Lays chips is known for its innovaive brading via cricketing media. Cost of manufacturing a chip packet between 1 Rupee and 2 Rs. But it sells for 20/-. All the rest is paid by the consumer goes where, need not be mentioned. Similarly we pay Pepsi or cola 10/- while manufacturing cost is about 40 or 50 paise. A country where people do not afford (or intend) to buy milk but can buy a pepsi (which is even double costlier than milk). No politician (while discussing score of cricket in parliament) ever bothered about the fact that poorest Indian citizen spends hard cash on cricket (may be earned by shedding his blood).

Why our govt offices work very slow need not be mentioned. It is due to laziness gifted by watching
cricket for hours to hours. Bank officers to Engineers to Parliamentarians to Teachers are bothered about how the score is progressing but not on their profession.

Many todays'
so called educated people believe that India is now developing and will become "Super Power". This is because many surveys indicate that India has 50% young people and young means growth for spurring the economy (unfortunately while projecting growth rate, Mckinsey misses the lazy people, who are created by our great game). No one ever try to think that how hard is to keep up the current pace of growth and we even think, it is just as easy as watching for 8 hours continuously (fanatically for 5 days) and have a discussion about India's growth.

(A diehard fan of cricket who could not resist to goto 2 KM distant railway station by walk whenever power was not avalable (to watch in a standing position)

Saturday, August 06, 2005

One of my plan for rural development

It is well known fact that if we start an usual NGO, then its scope would be very limited. I have been thinking on how to broaden my reach. I mean, my wish is to contribute to a large section of people (better, if beyond boundaries). Recently I had been to a village and during the conversation with villagers, I could understand that agriculture and traditional employment are only things they depend on. If these fail they just pray/leave to God. Now I could get a idea which is: practical, very cost effective, huge outreach, collective effort type and basically a long term project.

It is basically on "Self Employment Generation for youth".

I would like to create a database of different possible ways of self-employment generation and then convert the database into local languages.

Here, creating such database is crucial. To create such massive information, I would like to follow the footsteps laid down by Wikipedia and Linus Torwalds (creator of Linux). "Anybody can contribute" and it is expected to become a huge public effort (possibly across the globe).

This project has 4 stages.
1. Creating the software similar to Wikipedea, DMOZ, Free Software (Linux tools).
2. Requesting NGOs, other organizations, govt organizations, academic people, individuals to contribute for the database of the project (on their executed employment generation projects). Maintainance of such database.
3. Similar excercise for translation into local languages.
4. Requesting Individuals, NGOs and Govt organizations to consider this information.

why such project I would like to take up: because it is very cost effective. Investment is too less. It may help large section of people. Since broadband connection to >1000 villagers will be a reality very soon, then my thoughts make much sense. (For example Andhra will be broadband connected by end of 2007 : work is supposedly started).

If this project achieves partly success, immediately I would like to start on Agricultural methods, Teaching techniques (elementary and primary education), etc.

Comments/views/suggestions/fineTune thoughts or constructive criticisms on practical aspects of it, monetary benifits to society, etc are most welcome.

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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Rural Tours : A novel concept of rural-urban cooperation

I always believe that there is some gap between availabilities/pracical issues and rural people's knowledge. Some one has to bridge our type of ideas with people. It would be better if government does.

So I have been thinking about this bridge, by starting an organization which will make
a connection between rural and urban. I am calling it by name "Rural Tours". As u may guess by name, we take some company people to rural tour (sort of tourist visit). It is arranged from a city to a village during weekends. During the day time of the visit, they are expected to share their knowledge (to enrich the rural). Later in the evening, they are provided some tourist visit, cultural programs, can learn whatever rural are proficient at.

My ideas, vaguely drafted it for constructive criticisms on practical aspects of it, financial constraints (I may face), monetary benifits to society, etc. Please see this site and kindly give me your views.

Update: After 3 years of my idea, similar venture is started in Bangalore. Please see it here.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Indian Villages may get Net, telephony on cable

According to this news:

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is planning a convergence of voice data services.
It is expected to send a proposal to the government for allowing cable operators in rural areas to offer basic telephony and Internet services.
Trai is also to suggest a reduction in the licence fee and spectrum charges for rural cellular services. It is also proposed that Internet protocol-based telephony is permitted and the licensing structure amended, allowing broadband providers to offer voice services in rural India.
At present, cable operators like Hathway provide television channels and Internet browsing facilities in bigger cities. Unified licence holders like Bharti and Reliance can offer Internet, phone and cable services.
While service providers have not offered these three services together to landline subscribers, the services come packaged on high-end mobile phones.
The department of telecommunications is simultaneously initiating amendments to the Telegraph Act to let cellular operators have access to the universal service obligation fund. At present, the USO fund is available only to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd for its fixed-line services in rural areas.
"The government has invested heavily in rural telephony and it subsidises the cost of the telephone instrument, but these have not produced the requisite results. We are working out models to force the rural market to proliferate".

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Thursday, May 26, 2005

A model village for Rural Development

Mr. Rajiv Shah has mailed me (also sent me a CD):
Near kolhapur I visited kambalwadi (near radhanagari in Maharashtra) in which, complete intergrated development program was implemented. it is wonderful... all in one village.. water conservation .. energy conservation, housing with total cleanliness,out of clutches of alcohol and tobacco, well done up roads, using only organic manure for crops, village women have docras and micro finance activities, implemented various gadgets for water supply without using electricity and oil purely on hydro technique, set up of WLL network by installing telecommunication tower. each house in village has a computer and school children are given all basic education. they have their own server like pabal village vidyan ashram which helps them to get connected with experts in agriculture and non farm sector. all houses are painted in one colour.

garbage management, proper drainage arrangements, after bodies are burned the ash and bones are used as organic manures in field, though it is isolated village in the corner of maharashtra on the foothills of sahyadri they have well done roads, plantation techniques for vegetable and alllied products, today village is independent and do not take power from mseb , do not take water from govt .. no funding is accepted from govt, they do not enertain govt officers as they say they do not need any govt programs, they have better health programs and connectivity for crtical cases, schools campus are well developed and maintained,taking wonderful results , they have adopted modern watershade magt technique and water harveting including rain water.. horticulture and afforestation activities at peak..all plants and trees are planted after considering flora and founa and natural bio diversity keeping foreign treeslike nilgiri etc are planted only those which suits their environment and do not affect or pollute surrounding biology are planted. all court cases are withdrawn and handled by panchayat.

one of the ngo from kolhapur has taken pains to make it successful and many such independent villages are coming up. village women have their own programs with wonderfu earning.women empowerment in real sense. what else you need. their panchayat has offered me a place to come and stay with was wonderful experience. another school at pachagaon at kolhapur a school of nomads have construed their own school bldg and all activities including maintainance of boarding school, organic manure, use of kitchen waste, natural cool house for keeping vegetables fresh and no of activities are carried out by these children.
This was also programmed DD National Channel and a copy of which is with me. If anyone wishes, please send me a mail (malapati@google's mail)

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Friday, May 13, 2005

Apparel park empowers women of rural Andhra Pradesh

According to this news:
Women in Samalkota of East Godavari district are abreast of the new trends in American fashion. The garments some 1,000 of them produce at an apparel park here will soon be available in the stores of global retail giant Wal-Mart and the outlets of Steve and Barry’s in the US and Setabis Textiles of Canada.

"What is unique about this set-up is that women who work here are not employees but are employers," says Alla Umamaheswara Rao, managing director of EG Apparels. "They are stake-holders and thus are themselves profit centres."

The work at the park is outsourced to them from abroad through a Bangalore-based exporting unit. With this, Samalkota has joined the league of garment production centres like Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi and Gurgaon. "Soon we will start direct exports and 40 per cent of the profits will go to the employees," says Rao.

Find detailed info here

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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Rural Innovations

National Innovation Foundation (India) in its website :
"......the time has come to unleash the creative potential of our scientists and innovators at grassroots level. Only then we can make India truly self-reliant and a leader in sustainable technologies....propose a national foundation for helping innovators all over the country. This fund...will build a national register of innovations, mobilize intellectual property protection, set up incubators for converting into viable business opportunities and help in dissemination across the country.''
Rural India is now in upswing with their creative innovations. Bicycle which runs on land as well as water. Washing Machine for Rs. 2000. What not!!

NIF's chanllenge is to link innovation, capital and enterprise. Its director, Gupta says, "We need mentors who can support these innovators. Most have no bank accounts. We need to give them design and marketing support, media coverage."

Find more innovations those can be marketed.

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Sunday, April 24, 2005

National Rural Health Mission

According to this news, the central govt announced the "National Rural Health Mission" in 18 states in the North and North-East. It has many interesting features (very decentralized; based on trained female health workers -- called Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) -- in each village; focus on comprehensive health (rather than specific diseases) etc. It looks like a very potent measure.

Also, the PM has said that the govt is committed "to raise health spending from 0.9 per cent of GDP at present to 2 per cent in the course of the next few years."

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Saturday, April 23, 2005

ITC Rural Malls : shaping 21st century rural India

Drishti notes in his blog:

Recently, ITC has launched the first rural mall-Choupal Sagar at Rafiqganj that is a little village about four kilometres from Sehore town in Madhya Pradesh. In continuation with its project e-Choupal, Chaupal Sagar is the first rural mall in the country andt stands on an eight-acre plot with a shopping area of 7,000 square feet.

The farmers can buy soaps, detergents and toothpaste, almost everything they need for the family including TVs, DVD players, pressure cookers, room heaters, watches, sewing machines and grinders and, of course, cigarettes. Motorbikes or even tractors are also available. The company is marketing a new range of clothings and shoes too for the rural customers. And the plans are very ambitious. Starting in the first week of October, the daily sale is already between Rs 70,000 to 80,000- not bad as a business proposition too.

The idea is to create a one-stop destination for farmers. The farmer, with his family, drives into Chaupal Sagar in a tractor trolley laden with the produce from his field, he proposes to sell. His grain weighed on the digital weighing machine, he drives on to the godown where the produce is unloaded. Meanwhile, his kids can enjoy the swings and video games and his wife may like to move around and select the items she needs for the household. As soon as the farmer gets his cash, they make the required purchases and drive back by evening. They can, for a change, have their lunch in the cafeteria. If he intends to, he can even carry fertilisers and pesticides and get a diesel fill for his tractor.

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Monday, April 11, 2005

Brass containers prevent diseases : Indian traditional knowledge scientifically approved

According to rediff news, NATURE published an article on one of the Indian traditional ideas of water treatment and found a microbiological basis for it.

Indians believe that traditional brass water containers offer some protection against sickness. The idea, intrigued Reed (UK scientist) , who was in Asia (along with his Indian students) investigating the anti-bacterial effects of sunlight on water.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Rural Technology Course at Vignan Ashram, Pune, India

A mail from Vignan Ashram:

Admission for Diploma in Basic Rural Technology (DBRT) batch 2005-2006. We are always giving preference to the candidates coming from the NGOs :
1) Who wishes to start similar activity in their organisation.
2) Which are willing to do handholding for establishing the students as entreprenuer.

Next Batch of DBRT will start from 1st July 2005.
Duration : 1st July 2005 - 25th June 2006
Capacity : 24 nos. ( 20 boys + 4 Girls)
Fees. Rs.2500/- (Course fees) + Rs.6000/- (Food expenses) = Rs.8500/- (To be paid at the time of admission)
Eligibility : Min 8th std pass, Willingness to work by hand, enthusiastic, {Preference will be given to students from Tribal/Rural areas}
Syllabus : Students will be given training in the area of :
i) Engineering : Construction & Fabrication
ii) Energy - Environment : Electrical, Solar, biogas, Smokeless chulha, Motor rewinding
iii) Agri-Animal Husbandry : Agri, nursery techniques, Poultry, Goat Farming
iv) Home & Health : Rural Laboratory, Food products, Sewing etc.
students will spend 3 months in each section and will work with the instructors. He has to complete one project in each section. He has to learn computers for typing his reports and for giving presentation.
Contract work : For all the outside work orders received by ashram. Students will be given labour charge. It is necessary for the students to earn min Rs.1000/- by doing such work. It is expected that students should meet all his out of pocket expenses through his own earning.

Examination : National Institute Of Open Schooling conducts the exam and awards Diploma in BAsic Rural Technology.

Language : Marathi / Hindi

Admission criteria : First cum First basis

Prospectus : Please send Rs.25/- for prospectus and application form.

Please contact Sanjay Nimbalkar or Yogesh Kulkarni for more information.

Sanjay Nimbalkar
DBRT co-ordinator

Vigyan Ashram
At.Post. Pabal Dist.Pune 412403
Ph : 02138 292326

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Saturday, April 09, 2005

Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme

A legislation, Rural Employment Guarantee Act, is being enacted in Parliament. The Act will be the social safety net for the poorest in the rural areas.

This scheme guarantees that at least one person in a family gets work for 100 days in a year. If a person registers as unemployed and work has not been allotted for 15 days, he will be given minimum wages (as per state norms) since govt could not show him any work. Works may cover agro-processing, irrigation, on-farm processing, embroidery, weaving and printing.

This substantially will change the face of rural India. This project is estimated at Rs. 39000 crores, which is the 1% of the GDP.

I hope end user really benifits from this.

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Friday, April 08, 2005

Can rural India replace petrol?

According to this news, rural india can replace all petrol/diesel/gas in India just by having few cows/bullocks with each family.

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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Andhra Pradesh (Indian State) goes broadband

According to this news, the rural broadband network in Andhra Pradesh (Indian state) is an innovative and revolutionary project with three broad components:
  • Electronic delivery of all government services to the people through 6,000 rural IT kiosks to be set up across the state. A team of specially trained rural women to be appointed through self help groups under the rural development department will run the kiosks.
  • Computer literacy for at least one person in each family in all Andhra Pradesh villages.
  • Broadband connectivity for all villages of Andhra Pradesh spread across the state's 2,75,000 square kilometers by December 2006.

Once if this project becomes alive then the face of AP village is set to change.

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Sunday, April 03, 2005

FMCG market is the next big thing in India

FMCG is the next big thing after IT, BIOTECH, REAL ESTATE, STEEL, AUTO .. Rural India will play a big role in FMCG market potential.

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Friday, March 18, 2005

Indian history reveals that it is pioneer in rustless Iron production

Indian history reveals that it is a pioneer in producing rustless Iron. One may vist Qutab minar (New Delhi) to see a pillar which remains rustless for centuries.

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Monday, March 14, 2005

Japanese magazines .. covering Indian life styles

My one of my japanese friend says

"Recently, India become a topic of the day around me.
Famous radio DJ had been to India a week or two weeks ago.
He visits India repeatedly and is pleased very much.

The newest life styles of India were introduced in the Japanese monthly
which introduces modern living in the world "

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Saturday, February 26, 2005

Rural Development of India : Why concerned??

You may be surprised why I am so much tended towards Rural India instead of India as a whole. You are observing that India is making strides in economic front. You may be surprised to see the other end of it, unfortunately this developing is widening the gap between rural and urban "exponentially". For example, let us consider china (if not our bihar), during 1980's when the economic development was happening, it took policies according to investor's priorities which made (today) east china is "no less than" any developed country where as "west china" remained very similar to its old situation (in fact, very similar to todays rural India). Much faster development in the east is not able to make any changes western part. So that was the reason why I feel this is the right time to save the rural mass upto my level at least. And the problem is growing so rapidly that we may not be able to solve. And one more reason: "Security of total Network = security of its weakest link in the network". I presume, development should also be assessed with its poorest place.