Science-Society-Setu for #AatmaNirbharBharat

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For the realization of the Hon PM Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat, we need to develop Science & Technology (S&T) interventions that identify the problems that ...

For the realization of the Hon PM Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat, we need to develop Science & Technology (S&T) interventions that identify the problems that lack resolution and provide suitable solutions. We need to develop & promote locally-driven enterprises & services that resolve to work for a better quality of life.

For the same, the Science for Equity Empowerment and Development (SEED), Division of Department of Science & Technology (DST) are working towards bridging the above gap by creating a virtual platform Science-Society-Setu for Aatmanirbhar Bharat (S34ANB).

This initiative intends to align Technology, Knowledge, Skills and Resources at local levels to strengthen the pillars of ‘Social Infrastructure’ and ‘Technology Driven System’. It aims to reform a systemic, planned, integrated, inter-connected & futuristic process through technological interference and ease of doing business at a local level to achieve self-reliance.

The initiative is an online platform for collaborations between the solution seekers and solution providers. The web clinics will highlight emerging technologies and their utilities to augment the technological self-sufficiency for grass-root requirements. The Web Clinic is inclined towards identifying new ideas and partners for evolving SEED schemes directed towards indigenous technologies and effective delivery mechanism.

During each session, the panel of experts would provide a feasibility report on (i) possible forward linkages between NGOs/CBOs & knowledge institutions and (ii) guidelines to way-forward. The resulting ideas and recommendations will be supported through SEED Division of DST for participatory action research projects through its ongoing schemes/programs or in collaboration with other relevant divisions and funding agencies.

The virtual interaction series Science-Society-Setu for Aatmanirbhar Bharat is being launched, implemented and managed using India Science, Technology and Innovation (ISTI) Web Portal of Vigyan Prasar.

The initiative is being jointly organized by DST, in collaboration with the office of the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA), Vigyan Prasar, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Accelerating Growth of New India’s Innovations (AGNIi), World Wide Fund for Nature India (WWF-India), and Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organization (HESCO).

The Web Clinic will primarily focus on five sectors of Aatmanirbhar Bharat namely:

● Agriculture and allied sector
● MSME
● Economic Sector
● Social Infrastructure
● Cross-sectoral Areas

To contribute to the discussion and participate in the Web Clinic, get registered http://indiascienceandtechnology.gov.in/registration

Individual viewpoints & inputs are invited on the following questions through this Discussion forum. Please mention Question Numbers while discussing.

Q1. How the indigenous/existing agricultural technologies are viable or can be made viable by harnessing Science, Technology, and Innovation for responsible and consumable agriculture production?

Q2. How the emerging technologies in the agriculture and allied sectors can augment the technological self-sufficiency for grass-root requirements?

Q3. The rationale of the initiative is to reach out to the man sitting in the last strata. Please share your ideas about advancing the Science & Technology capacity of community-based organizations (CBOs).

Q4. What are the social and economic challenges and constraints faced in adopting existing or indigenous technologies?

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ARUN KUMAR GUPTA 4 months 1 week ago

Q3 Rural tourism can be planned near handicraft hubs. Few days back, Textile Department announced development of some places as handicraft villages. There tourists can not only enjoy the village life but they can buy locally produced handicraft items also. It can help in reaching out to person sitting at last strata through revival of rural economy and local artisans. Village tourism will generate employment locally and make villages #AatmaNirbharBharat by strengthening social infrastructure

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ARUN KUMAR GUPTA 4 months 1 week ago

Q3 Growing trend in Rural Tourism can bring the changes in villages. CBOs in villages can coordinate with tour operators. Tourists can be taken in groups to villages where they shall stay in huts and are served with local food delicacies. They can be entertained by village singers and dancers. Tourists can also take part in these cultural activities. Tourists can be taken to local sightseeing tours also. But it shall not be commercialized to an extent that the villages loose their identity.

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ARUN KUMAR GUPTA 4 months 1 week ago

Q3 to extend benefits of technological development to man sitting at last strata, new technologies shall be made affordable while making it more user friendly. It is found that when a new product is launched, its cost is increased while including features which may not be useful to everyone. But as there is no option available, people are supposed to buy costly products with unnecessary features. For example many features of mobiles are not used even once by most users in entire life cycle

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ARUN KUMAR GUPTA 4 months 1 week ago

Q3 Hon'ble PM during Mann Ki Baat talked about efforts of Mr Patidar from MP who has made community based organisation to connect about 4000 farmers to empower them. PM not just appreciated individual but gave a message to people that individual efforts also can change lives of thousands. It is amazing to know about such individual efforts. We have several success stories around us. हमें यह नहीं सोचना होगा कि मैं अकेला क्या कर सकता हूं। बल्कि यह विश्वास करना होगा कि मैं अकेला क्या नहीं कर सकता।

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ARUN KUMAR GUPTA 4 months 1 week ago

Q3 समाज के अंतिम छोर पर बैठे व्यक्ति तक सुविधाएं पहुंचने में भ्रष्टाचार बहुत बड़ी बाधा है। जिन विभागों पर भ्रष्टाचार दूर करने की जिम्मेदारी है वहां भी भ्रष्टाचार है। जो नागरिक भ्रष्टाचार दूर करने का प्रयास करता है वह खुद किसी ना किसी केस में लपेट दिया जाता है। समस्या का निकट भविष्य में समाधान मुश्किल है। लेकिन हर बुराई का अंत होता है। इसमें भी Science ही Society के बीच Setu बनेगा और उम्मीद है कि भ्रष्टाचार का भी एक दिन अवश्य अंत होगा।

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ARUN KUMAR GUPTA 4 months 1 week ago

Q3 Our society has developed Political Temper than Scientific Temper. It is because all TV channels discuss politics only all days 24X7. There centre of discussions is politics. Whatever government does, they look it with political lense. Government shall come with a guideline that makes it mandatory for every TV channels to show science related debates and programs at primetime for at least 1 hour daily. This shall help in advancing Science & Technology capacity of community-based organisations

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ARUN KUMAR GUPTA 4 months 1 week ago

Q3 सरकार बहुत सारी योजनाएं किसानों के लिए चला रही है। बहुत योजनाओं का तो किसानों को पता ही नहीं चलता। किस सरकारी योजनाओं का लाभ कैसे लिया जाए इस जागरूकता को लाने का काम community based organisations कर सकते हैं। CBOs को नयी तकनीकों का और उनसे होने वाले फायदों की जानकारी भी दी जानी चाहिए ताकि वह किसानों को सही जानकारी साझा कर सकें और उसका प्रशिक्षण दे सकें।

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ARUN KUMAR GUPTA 4 months 1 week ago

Q2 Our aim is to increase yield to make India #AatmaNirbharBharat in agricultural products and make farming profitable for farmers. For this farmers can use new technology to grow unseasonal vegetables and fruits by controlling temperature, moisture and soil conditions. There is good demand of unseasonal fruits and vegetables in India and they can fetch good returns to farmers

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ARUN KUMAR GUPTA 4 months 1 week ago

Q2 किसानों को आधुनिक तकनीकों का प्रयोग कर ज्यादा फसल पैदा करने के साथ आमदनी बढ़ाने के लिए दूध डेयरी या मुर्गी पालन जैसे कार्य करने होंगे। नहीं तो छोटे होते खेतों से परिवार की जरूरतों को पूरा करना मुश्किल होगा। तटीय इलाकों के किसान PMMSY मत्स्य संवर्धन योजना का लाभ उठा कर मछली पालन भी कर सकते हैं।

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ARUN KUMAR GUPTA 4 months 1 week ago

Q2 As the farm size reduces with division in family, any level of productivity increase may not suffice to get an output which alone can meet the family requirements of farmers. PM has several times mentioned this aspect and advised the farmers to start dairy and poultry farming to generate additional income. The role of emerging technologies would be to reduce the time which farmers spend on conventional farming so that farmers can get time for these activities.