Lupin Plans First Rural Convergence Centre

Bharatpur (Rajasthan), March 28 | Updated: Mar 29 2004, 05:30am hrs
Pharma company Lupin Ltd would set up the first of about the 100-odd rural convergence centres (RCCs) planned by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) across India to foster public private partnerships to accelerate rural development.

We will set up the first rural convergence centre in the country at Bharatpur in association with CII by August end, executive director of Lupin Human Welfare and Research Foundation (LHWRF) Sita Ram Gupta said here.

RCCS would demonstrate environmental, social, technological and financial viability of a large variety of rural development initiatives, he said.

RCCS, which would be set up in one core district by CII in association with different NGOs and member industries, would cater to at least six districts around it, he said adding, it would catalyse replication of these initivates and multiplication systems across the country.

Mr Gupta said local communities around these centres would over a period of time have more income generation opportunities, better living environment and quality of life.

The centres would strengthen formal and informal community institutional systems and its linkages with other districts, state and national institutional mechanisms and promote farm-based and of-farm sustainable livelihood enterprises and their support systems.

Mr Gupta said the BM Birla Science and Technology Centre, Jaipur, has offered 8,000 sq ft of covered area and two acre of open land for exhibition and demonstration of rural technologies.

Lupin is in the process of setting up a rural technology park in Bharatpur at an investment of Rs 1 crore to demonstrate the rural technologies for pisciculture, horticulture and animal husbandry, he said.

LHWRF has formed gram vikas panchayats in villages in Bharatpur to prepare plan, decide priorities and carry out the development work.

The foundation has also promoted beekeeping activity leveraging on the mustard cultivation in the region which has resulted in the district producing about 800 metric tonne of honey annually and providing employment to about 5,000 youths. LHWRF has partnered with the department of science and technology for developing the first fish hatchery estate in northern India, Mr Gupta said.