The Uttar Pradesh government and Tata Trusts on Monday entered into a long-term multi-dimensional partnership in community development to improve the quality of life of the people. Tata Trusts would be providing support in the state government’s endeavours in poverty alleviation, employment generation, increasing income and infrastructure development.
The sectors in which the state government and Tata Trusts would be working include mother-infant health, preparing and implementation of a nutrition programme for better health of mother and child, special efforts in ensuring that anaemia (lack of blood) is eliminated in women.
A mechanism would be developed so that cancer can be detected at an early stage and a cancer registry would also be prepared. Both sides would work together to ensure quality education and job-oriented training in various sectors.
Under the memorandum of understanding(MoU), developing off-grid solar energy as well as solar energy-based irrigation systems, establishing solar water lifting pumps, hi-tech plant nurseries, introduction of improved varieties and techniques of horticulture, assimilation of various varieties, agro-forestry, bio-farming and combined efforts to increase agriculture harvest, mechanisation, and post-harvest management are some initiatives involved.
The MoU would also encompass safe storage, agri-marketing, encouraging micro-irrigation, developing high quality seeds, and development of value chain for milk, menthol, garlic, onion, maize, pulses, banana and potato.
In the presence of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and chairman of Tata Trusts Ratan Tata, UP chief secretary Alok Ranjan and executive trustee of Tata Trusts R Venkataramanan signed the MoU at the chief minister’s residence in Lucknow on Monday.
Tata Trusts will work for community development programmes in sectors like education and health and solar energy.