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Rural Development

Biomass ammassed

Author(s): P P S Gusain
Issue Date: Jul 15, 1995
The most promising solution to the deepening power crisis in developing countries may be found in renewable energy systems, particularly from biomass resources (primarily wood and biomass residues from forestry, forest products industries, agriculture and agro-industries). However, these opportunities are only realisable in the context of sustainable resource production and proper waste management and their impact on the environment and the lives of the rural poor.

Powering people

Author(s): Rakesh Agarwal
Issue Date: Jun 30, 1995
The hatchery must go. The decision was unanimous and it bound together the 100 odd fisherfolk -- men and women -- with a common purpose. They had gathered under the red tiled roof of the New Baxipalli Mahila Sangho in Gopalpur-On-Sea, about 100 km from Orissa's capital, Bhuvaneshwar.

The ground for grassroots technology

Author(s): Rakesh Agarwal
Issue Date: Feb 28, 1995
FOR the residents of Nari, a village of 700 households in the Una district of Himachal Pradesh, underdevelopment and poverty is losing its harsh edge, thanks to the introduction of a few simple and cheap devices like water seal toilets and biogas plants. The devices are being promoted by the Energy Environment Group (EEG), a Delhi-based ngo, in about 30 villages in the region.

Standing up for water

Issue Date: Feb 15, 1995
At long last, someone has spoken out for rural women. The Standing Committee on Urban and Rural Development wants the government to change existing norms and provide safe drinking water in rural areas within 0.5 km of villages. With an average need of 40 liters per family, women now have to trudge a minimum of 1.6 kms.

Sign language

Author(s): Seema Kalra
Issue Date: Jan 15, 1995
FILMS and videos have been used by environmentalists as promotional material for spreading their message.

No elections, no funds

Issue Date: Jan 15, 1995
The Union rural development ministry has stopped release of further funds to 8 states that have failed to hold elections to the panchayat raj institutions as required under the Panchayat Raj Act, imperilling the future of scores of rural development projects.

No funds for rural project

Issue Date: Nov 15, 1994
An ambitious programme of mapping the land resources of every village panchayat in Kerala has run into trouble. The project was conceived in 1988 by the Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad and the Centre for Earth Sciences (ces), but lack of proper funding has since tied in up in knots. While the initial estimate for the project was Rs 2.92 crore, the present estimate stands at Rs 10 crore.

When participation holds sway

Author(s): Sudeep Mukhia
Issue Date: Sep 30, 1994
THE village of Behrampur Gouditikra in Orissa's Bargarh district has an uncommon distinction: all the 109 households have running water. This is the latest addition to its civic amenities, which include latrines in every house, electricity, a school and a motorable road to the highway. All this has been achieved through a combination of local effort and the organisational skills of Gram Vikas (GV), a Behrampur-based NGO.

Er this doesn't work

Issue Date: Aug 31, 1994
THE work of Robert Chambers, an eminent rural sociologist, has influenced academics as well as field workers and NGOs. This book aims to enunciate a new work ethic commensurate with his commitment to rural development.

We want to ensure an NGO in every village

Issue Date: Aug 15, 1994
What did you achieve by undertaking the fast at Alandi? This is not the first time I have undertaken a fast to draw the attention of the government to the rampant corruption in the social forestry department. I had undertaken a similar fast in 1990. At that time, the government had given verbal assurances that the matter would be inquired into. As nothing came out of this, I decided to undertake another fast. This time written assurances were given that action would be taken against the offending officials within 15 days.
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