Young IPS officer opens a library to help youth have a bright future

In the remote areas of Bihar’s Aurangabad district, a young IPS officer has decided to open a library for the youth to prepare for competitive exams. Ramashankar learns about the new chapter in people’s lives in this Maoist stronghold. This young IPS officer has chosen twin objectives: fight Maoists in the dense forest of Chakrabandha in […]

Real Freedom after 75 years in this part of India !

After 75 years of Independence, 14 villages of Sandur Taluk of Ballari are about to witness true freedom. Sandur, both famous and infamous for its mining activities in Karnataka witnessed something special this Independence Day. 14 villages of this erstwhile princely state got their lands and land records officially validated this year through an exercise […]

Trifed: 2017-2021- Spectacular, Revolutionary!

Trifed: 2017-2021 Spectacular, Revolutionary! At a time when the economy globally is reeling under an unprecedented pandemic, a spirited bureaucrat with right political guidance and support gears up and steers Trifed, a little-known Federation, to break new grounds and achieve many times more than what it had achieved in its first three decades! How would […]

“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 […]

Transformation of the Tribal Heartland – Bastar Unprecedented and Unparalleled

Rajat Bansal (IAS: 2012) will shortly complete two years of his stint as Collector Bastar. In a short span of two years, coupled with the misery of the pandemic, revisiting of developmental projects and progressive initiatives in Bastar reflect an unprecedented and unparalleled transformation of the once infamous Naxal heartland. The Bastar development model is […]

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 […]

IFS Officer Revives 66 Himalayan Springs to Help 1 Lakh People in 23 Villages

Springs, a primary water source for villages in Uttarakhand and the Himalayan sub-continent, are vanishing resulting in loss of income and migration. The disappearance of these precious water sources is due to erratic rainfall, mainly due to climate change. The water shortage is also because of the change in land use patterns owing to rampant development. The […]

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 […]