Rural Technology Park to spend Rs 70 crore on Innovations

Rural Technology Park-NIRD PR s concept of Inclusive Growth is to ensure sustainability of existing rural livelihoods and simultaneously enlarge sustainable rural livelihood option
Rural Technology Park to spend Rs 70 crore on Innovations

Rural Technology Park(RTP) set up by National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj( NIRD&PR) would spend Rs 70 crore in the current fiscal on innovations which will help rural people.

“We have received Rs 70 crore in the current fiscal under RTP project and this will support our ongoing projects. Further we would be able to financially support small innovators who are bringing in major changes in rural areas,” BK Swain, Professor and Head, Centre for Rural Credit and Development Banking ( CRCDB) under National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj told Rural Marketing on the sidelines of the Skoch Summit in New Delhi today.

He said that the NIRD has come up with several innovations which making great impact on rural and tribal people. For example, under its RTP project a solar torch( Lighting), he has been developed and this innovation has successfully adopted by tribal people of Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. There are many such innovations including a solar cooker which are making life easier for the people of remote areas, he added.

Swain said that the Institute has been providing grants, loans and financial assistance to innovators, provided projects are viable. However, at several occasion, innovators also tried to cheat the Institute as after taking grant or assistance, they spent a little and siphoned off the rest of money.
He said, “ We have set up RTP to promote innovations. The RTP’s concept of inclusive growth is to ensure sustainability of existing rural livelihoods on one hand and simultaneously, enlarge sustainable rural livelihood options on the other, through creation of new livelihoods by facilitating adoption of many little technologies by many little people belonging to many diverse,down trodden social groups in many little places to change the face of rural India.”

The NIRD official said that provision of access to physical/economic assets i.e., creation of Rural Infrastructure would facilitate adoption of Farm, Non-Farm(manufacturing), Service sectors related technologies for enhancing the efficiency and productivity improving the socio-economic conditions of the rural households thereby, improvement in the standard of living and quality of life.

He said that ,lot of intellectual efforts and administrative energy was spent in establishment of RTP to create a platform for awareness building through dissemination of information, demonstration, skill up gradation, capacity building,entrepreneurship development and provision of Handholding support for adoption of technologies.

The RTP has started yielding tangible socio-economic benefits and would go long way in ushering new livelihood options to the rural unemployed youth and many rural households through training for capacity building and skill development endeavors.

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BK Jha is the Special Correspondent of Rural & Marketing. Prior to this he has been associated with The Hindustan Times, Political and Business Daily along with many other media organisations.
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