Posted on August 16, 2008 by Shital
Followers of Mahatma Gandhi are familiar with the charkha, a spinning wheel that produces a type of cotton known as khadi. A new twist on this old tool is that it can also be used to generate electricity, as an article in The Hindu describes its use near Jaipur:
In a few villages near here, Charkha, promoted by Mahatma Gandhi as a symbol of self-reliance and source of income for the rural population, has started doubling as a virtual micro-power plant in each poor household.
e-charkha — an improvised version of Ambar charkha, designed by Gandhian Ekambar Nath — does not resemble a typical charkha but can be operated by hand. A battery is attached to the e-charkha, which stores the electricity generated when it is being run. Two hours of operation is enough to light up the specially-designed LED light fitted to the e-charkha for eight hours.
A great way to continue an independent source of income, while producing electricity at the same time.
Filed under: Employment, Energy, Government, NGOs and Non-profits | Tagged: charkha, cotton, electricity, Gandhi, The Hindu | 6 Comments »
Posted on August 4, 2008 by Vinay
One third of people living below poverty line in India paid bribes to access healthcare, education and water among other basic facilities, says a new study which also dubs the police force as the most corrupt among the services surveyed.
This is from an article in The Hindu. Some academics have argued that in the larger scope of things corruption on this level (aka petty corruption — hand to hand bribes) while inefficient is not necessarily a negative occurrence as it enables individuals to gain access to services they otherwise would be unable to receive.
Yet one must ask how such practices are not damaging when those already below the poverty line must fork up a significant portion of their already meager incomes to obtain basic necessities?
Filed under: Basic Rights, BoP, Education, Government, Health, Research | Tagged: basic services, corruption, The Hindu | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 19, 2008 by Santhosh
The Hindu reports that AcerlorMittal, the worlds largest steel company has promised to spend US$ 500 million on CSR initiatives focussed on Jharkhand and Orissa. Its no coincidence that the company has multiple project sites within these states.
Lakshmi Niwas Mittal-promoted world’s biggest steel company has announced two steel projects in Jharkhand and Orissa of 12 million tonnes capacity at a total cost of about Rs 80,000 crore. “We will spend about 500 million dollars in Orissa and Jharkhand to achieve an appropriate balance between the Corporate Responsibility (CR) and the growth in business operations,” ArcelorMittal Vice President Remi Boyer said
By the way, Orissa and Jharkhand are two of the poorest states in the country. Half a billion dollars, if spent wisely could really improves that lives of people in these states.
Filed under: CSR, PPP | Tagged: ArcelorMittal, Jharkhand, Orissa, The Hindu | 1 Comment »