Mumbai: Technologies that are wealth and employment generators should be promoted in a big way in rural India and BARC scientists should go out of their way to work with external stakeholders and end users to do that, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission Anil Kakodkar said here on Wednesday.
"We need to work with external stakeholders and the end users directly in order to push the technologies developed at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) for wealth and employment generation of rural India," Kakodkar said at a two-day national symposium on "BARC technologies for development of rural India" whcih began today.
BARC has developed several technologies which are useful for the rural and urban India and the representatives of BARC Officiers Association (BARCOA) should promote without prejudice all the useful technologies for the benefit of the rural masses.
Quoting the examples of technologies like biodigester `Nisargruna` for processing wet garbage and solar dryers, water purifiers or Trombay oilseeds and pulses varieties should be encouraged as packages for rural development, he said.
Kakodkar said, with the creation of Advance Knowledge and Rural Technology (AKRUTI) for village techno-preneurship by BARC, the scientific officers should not hesitate in taking initiatives to promote such technologies even if the technologies do not belong to their lab.
Kakodkar said BARC has already established over 150 biodigesters from Ladakh to Kerala and 15 AKRUTI centres, "but there is a need to have 500 Nisargruna and 150 AKRUTI centres soon and BARCOA has to play a crucial role in this.
Speaking on the occasion, Secretary, Rural Development of Maharashtra government Sudhir Thakare said the government will encourage those technologies which are affordable by people and those which are not misusable.
Science can be utilised in the field of increased and quality food production, pure drinking water and also using technologies for making effective and affordable toilets to stop open defecation, Thakare said.
Srikumar Banerjee, Director, BARC said there were newer opportunities for decentralised power for rural India and the Centre is making efforts to put a demonstration of Solar Tower for power generation and solar collector for heating pipes and these should be available soon.
Several NGOs, farmers, and rural agricultural scientists from different parts of India are attending the symposium.