Knowledge Event of 2nd Bihar Innovation Forum (BIF II) was inaugurated at Hotel Maurya in Patna on 30.01.2014 which was attended by eminent persons including officers of the State Govt., World Bank officials, experts and panel members for discussion on various sectors, innovators, JEEViKA officials and SHG members coming from different districts of the State.
Development commissioner cum Chairman, BRLPS, Shri Alok Kumar Sinha inaugurated the event. He hailed the efforts the organizers of events in identifying proper indicators like scalability and adaptability etc. He also hailed the work being done by JEEViKA in Rural areas which not only organized people into institutions but also works towards bringing the benefits of various Govt. schemes to those who really needed it.
Earlier, welcoming the distinguished guests and gatherings, Shri Amrit Lal Meena, Principal Secretary Rural Development Department said that organisation of BIF II had been envisaged as a result of the success of BIF I which was organized by JEEViKA in 2007. During this, some good innovations were identified and partnerships had been established with five organizations which led to brilliant results.
Elaborating the visions and strategy towards the organisation of the event Shri Arvind Chaudhary, CEO of JEEViKA said that tremendous response in Road Shows organized in 11 major cities in different locations of the country and huge numbers of online applications that were received, assured us of huge interest of innovators in this event. He also hoped that as a result of this event, some good partnerships with innovators would be established leading to intensive effort in livelihood enhancement.
Shri Vijoy Prakash, Principal Secretary, Planning and Development Department who is also the member Secretary of State Innovation Council, Bihar said that since early ages Bihar has been land of innovations where first Republic was born. Primary innovative efforts of the State and its people led to the discovery of Zero and many Arithmetical Formulae. Its contribution towards Astronomy has been invaluable. Besides, Bihar has been the birth place of a number of religions & cults and the present efforts of the organisation is expected to go a long way towards ameliorating the lots of rural people. He emphasized that it would be useful to recognize all innovations and provide support to them.
World Bank representative, Shri Parmesh Shah said that organizing such an event is important but what would matter more would be its outcome. Establishing partnerships and providing required supports to innovators toward the scaling of the innovations for well being of the rural masses would be crucial and ultimately measure the success of the event.
A two minutes silence in memory of the Father of the nation and innumerable martyrs who sacrificed their life for the nation was also observed during the event at 11.00 am.
About Bihar Innovation Forum:
Bihar Innovation Forum was previously launched in 2007 and was first of its kind in the country wherein more than 150 innovators were identified through a rigorous process and of which 25 were celebrated and awarded with the cash prize awards and certificates of merit. Out of the winning entries BRLP established partnerships with five innovators – COMFED (for empowering milk producers by organizing the unorganized); PRADAN (for System of Rice Intensification); EDA Rural System Private Limited (for organizing beekeepers for the market); SHAKTI SUDHA (providing technical assistance to farmers to grow “makhana”) and SAKHI (for creating fisherwomen’s’ collectives). A few others were supported by development agencies including DFID and one of the them (SAMMAN) went on to be recognized by the President of United States with Global Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
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Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project or JEEViKA (which means livelihood in Sanskrit) is implemented by Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society (BRLPS), an independent society of Government of Bihar with support from the Government of India, Government of Bihar and the World Bank. The organization has been appointed as a nodal institution by the Government of Bihar and has been designated as the State Rural Livelihoods Mission (SRLM) to rollout the activities of National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) in the state. The JEEViKA project builds on the experiences and lessons emerging from Bihar’s efforts at poverty reduction. The objective of the project is to improve livelihoods of the rural poor through social and economic mobilization and enable them to access credit, assets and services such as social safety nets from public and private sector agencies, including commercial banks. The project is being implemented across the state of Bihar.