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Government Apathy to Science and Technology for Rural Development-A Case Study

Technology for Rural Development A Case Study Hari Narain DURING the monsoon session of parliament, on August 17, 1995, Som Pal, MP, asked the prime minister in Rajya Sabha "whether government are aware of a scientific presentation about all-round development by conventional technology by a senior scientist Dr Hari Narain; if so whether government have evaluated its utility and taken a view thereon; if so what is the government's plan to implement the same; and if not, what are the broad reasons therefor?". The answer was provided by Bhuvnesh Chaturvedi, minister of state in the departments of atomic energy, space and ministry of science and technology. He said that " a paper on Integrated Science and Technology Approach for Rural Development was prepared by Dr Hari Narain, ex-director, National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad. This paper had outlined a concept for S and T based district level development in the areas of health, agriculture, industry, housing and education by forming a district-level task force comprising experts, technicians and extension workers for the execution of both short-term and long-term projects at the district level. Since the concept called for multi-agency and multi-disciplinary inputs particularly from respective state governments, it was suggested to the author to submit his proposal to Planning Commission for its evaluation from feasibility and utility point of view." The reply is indeed misleading because of the following facts:

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