The Pro-Poor Tourism Development Project that aims to improve the condition of the poor people living in Uttar Pradesh has been cleared by the government.
Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation told Rajya Sabha today that the project has been approved by the Screening Committee of the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance.
The minister said that the project has subsequently been presented to the World Bank for financial assistance of $210 million.
The objective of the project is elevating the downtrodden from poverty and improving their standard of living through increasing income opportunities by undertaking tourism development activity.
The project will obtain resources from advisory and technical assistance and financing for institutional strengthening, asset rehabilitation, infrastructure and services along the Buddhist Circuit and Braj Agra Corridor.
Even as the Centre and the state governments are trying to find a solution to the menace of stubble burning, an innovator from Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur claims to have developed a cost effective solution. Ganga Ram Chauhan has invented a bicycle-based shredder machine which can crush and grind elements, including wood, leaves and crop remains into particles of less than 80 mm size. These particles can then be easily converted into compost. The machine costs only around Rs 5,000-6000, he says.
“A scientist Mita Tarafdar asked me to develop a machine for zero waste management. Stubble burning was an issue that I had always wanted to deal with. So I developed a bicycle-based shredder machine. Crushed particles of the crop residue can be turned into compost and farmers will not require any chemical fertiliser. They can sell their bio crops and vegetables at higher prices,” said Ganga Ram Chauhan.
Senior principal scientist Mita Tarafdar, from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur (CSIR-NML), said that the machine was kept at the centre and can be improvised to benefit farmers and also check pollution due to the stubble burning.
The 50-year-old Ganga Ram Chauhan constantly keeps innovating and was awarded by the Yogi government in 2018 for his innovations.
He had developed ‘bogie-rickshaw’ for school children in the year 2000, and has been inventing many useful machines ever since.
“My father was a plumber in Gorakhpur. I am not a science graduate, but technology and invention run in my blood. I had invented a bicycle which can be cycled very easily and its rear tyre does not wear out fast. My invention was approved by the CSIR- NML Jamshedpur and I was awarded for the same by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth last year,” he said.