“Sombhadra” Social Brand for Rural Self-Help Group (SHG) products

NRLM or Ajeevika Mission is a flagship program of the Government of India aimed at promoting the economic empowerment of rural women through the Self Help Group (SHG) model. At the District level, the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) is the nodal agency for handholding and promoting the SHGs. One of the modes of promoting […]

SHG led rural enterprise – A case study of Anandi

SHG- led Rural Enterprise: A case study of Anandi Introduction Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) with its head quarter at Sanctoria near Asansol is one of the 8 subsidiaries of Coal India which is engaged in the mining of Coal in the state of West Bengal with two additional mines in Jharkhand as well. ECL carries […]

Health camps as an instrument to fight Anaemia!

‘Anaemia Mukt Bharat’ Camp, Naraingarh General Overview Anaemia is a medical condition characterised by deficiency of red blood cells in the body. This leads to insufficient oxygen being transported across the body, which in turn can lead to various issues including fatigue, pale skin and light-headedness. Anaemia can also lead to complications during pregnancy and […]

Project Sanjeevani

Background: During COVID-19 pandemic, India has witnessed renewed interest in traditional medical practices. India is a gold mine of medicinal plants and a rich repository of traditional medicinal knowledge is archived in Indian systems of medicine (AYUSH), for example, Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, Sowa-rigpa, and Homeopathy. This renewed interest has led to increased demand for medicinal […]

Elder’s Club an Idea of Inclusive Development

Ageing is a natural course of development and increasing longevity has wonderful human achievement. An active secure and healthy ageing population can present enormous contribution to the society. This demographic shift has opportunities with challenges where ageing require lots of resourceful support while it has resounding contribution to the family and society. Elders are like […]

Space-tech for India’s agrarian woes : Odisha has a head start

Food, Farmers and Frenzy have for a year been the mainstay of India’s news-cycle as well as public discourse. While there can be longer debates on the implementation of the new farm laws, the case of rising Minimum Support Prices, sustained food grain procurement and middlemen remains a challenge for policymakers across the board. Farm […]

Nexus of Good: Opportunity in crisis

Through mobilizing defunct JFMCs, not just illicit timber trade was checked by providing sustainable livelihood options to locals, but also ecological restoration was ensured. After superannuation in June 2018, I worked for a few months as Chief Executive Officer of State Planning Board, Jharkhand at the behest of the then Chief Minister Raghubar Das who […]

Transformation Through Vision

Through a futuristic approach and well-devised communication strategy, INDCOSERVE was lifted from its ailing position to provide livelihood to small tea farmers in the Nilgiris. This was 2017. A discussion in one of the Committee Rooms of the Parliament House was underway. I was present as Secretary, School Education and Literacy. As it was an […]