Hyderabad: Bandaru Dattatreya, Governor of Himachal Pradesh, visited the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR) Campus on Thursday.
Governor interacted with the experts in various fields. He met with officials from various centres in NIRDPR to understand the activities being carried out by the Institute for the benefit of rural communities in India.
The Governor of Himachal Pradesh Bandaru Dattatreya interacted with the experts at Centre for Panchayati Raj (CPR), Centre for Innovations and Appropriate Technology and Centre for Agrarian Studies during his visit to NIRDPR.
Recognizing the core competencies of Centre for Agrarian Studies, Shri Bandaru Dattatreya interacted with the Centre faculty to understand the possibility of extending the activities of the Centre in Himachal Pradesh in order to promote the institutional competencies of horticulture farmers in Himachal Pradesh
Dr C. Kathiresan, Associate Professor and Head, Centre for Panchayati Raj (CPR), NIRDPR, briefed Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, Hon’ble Governor of Himachal Pradesh, about the key initiatives undertaken by the CPR in strengthening Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) across the country.
These include the nation-wide project ‘Transforming India Through Strengthening Panchayati Raj Institutions’ (TISPRI) is being implemented by the NIRDPR through the Centre for Panchayati Raj with the support of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, addressing gaps identified in strengthening PRIs.
Bandaru Dattatreya was also briefed on various efforts such as creating a pool of Master Resource Persons (MRPs), standardizing the learning materials, documenting best practices from panchayats, handholding panchayats, organizing exposure visits, training elected women representatives, supporting States and Union Territories in training their elected representatives on a time-bound manner, among other efforts. The CPR has also trained over 16,000 elected representatives and panchayat officials during 2019.
Bandaru Dattatreya, Governor of Himachal Pradesh, was also briefed on the activities of Rural Technology Park (RTP) Centre for Innovations and Appropriate Technology (CIAT) by Dr. Ramesh Sakthivel, Associate Professor and Head (I/C), CIAT, NIRDPR.
The Centre for Innovations and Appropriate Technology, located in the Rural Technology Park (RTP) of the NIRDPR, plays a vital role in improving livelihoods, enhancing the standard of living and income generation, especially among people living in rural areas.
The RTP operated in collaboration with successful entrepreneurs for demonstrating potential technologies and undertaking technology-based entrepreneurial training programmes for scaling-up in rural areas.
RTP aims to serve as a catalyst accelerating a wide range of appropriate and affordable technologies to the rural poor for increasing productivity and enhancing the quality of life thereby enabling communities towards sustainable development. Over 40 type of capacity building programmes on various technologies is being conducted by the training-cum-production facilities at RTP.
Centre for Agrarian Studies
Bandaru Dattatreya also visited the Centre for Agrarian Studies at NIRDPR. The Centre works with key stakeholders such as National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and SFAC(Small Farmers’ Agribusiness Consortium) to help farmers building their own community-managed institutions called Farmers Producer Organizations (FPOs).
The FPOs are governed, managed and developed by the farmers themselves as per the choice of prime commodities and their value-chain development activities.