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 […]

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 […]

A systems approach to democratise quality education in India

  As an advisor to the Government of Jharkhand on public schooling, I spent the past year assessing schools of Ranchi District; interacting with children, teachers, and parents from some of the most remote and destitute parts of the country. 2020 did not just devastate our healthcare systems but it also brought education systems in […]

Government and COVID-19: A glimpse into curbing coronavirus outbreak

Written by Ambalika Khanna, CMGAA Panipat   With the Covid on the rise, a hasty nationwide lockdown was enforced as a measure to suppress the spread of this novel virus. This resulted in chaos across the country. There was not one single person whose life had not been affected by the virus. Of course, the […]

IAS officer building rural libraries

District Magistrate of Jamtara Jharkhand is converting old, dilapidated buildings into libraries One important reason for our rural areas to be backward in the field of education is the absence of access to libraries. Therefore, the sooner we promote our libraries in the country with our loyalty and vigilance, the sooner we will be able […]