Bra a word of shyness in the hinterlands and even in the urban areas people do not wish to talk about it. Now, people's behaviour is getting changed and the lingerie has become a source of livelihood for rural women and empowering them financially. Mohd Mustaquim reports Amrutha, a girl hailing from a village in the Kanchipuram district carefully sews the bright purple designer bra through her Japanese sewing machine while working for a bra manufacturing unit. She earns Rs.7000 per month which gives financial empowerment to her family. This is the common scenario in the villages in some parts of Tamil Nadu
The case study on a small Jharkhand district shows how concerted efforts from the district administration could bring in revolution and surplus milk production. R&M reports. Majority of the village population in Lohardaga earn their subsistence from agriculture and forest. And this is not enough to provide a good source of income for their livelihood. The district administration, thus, decided to take up various livelihood activities from RSVY (Rashtriya Sam Vikas Yojna) way back in 2004-05 like poultry, dairy, vermin compost, piggery, hybrid vegetable cultivation etc to increase their source of income and hence, improve their standard of living.
Through the timeless efforts of Prof. Anil Gupta and his brainchild the National Innovation Foundation- creative people from economically backward sections of rural India are proudly stepping forward for a better tomorrow, By Madhvendra S Chauhan 'Minds on the margins are not marginal minds'. With this philosophy, the National Innovation Foundation was formed by Prof. Anil K Gupta with the help of Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India.
Since its formation in 2000, the foundation has been helping grassroot innovations and helping people from economically weaker sections to live a dignified life. As Prof. Gupta says that he looks for "odd balls" in the society those who are not at peace and want to try something new to quench their thirst for creativity. Through shodh yatra Prof. Gupta and his fellow yatris try to find out these people and their innovative creations.