10 JULY:In a bid to widen the reach of technology to end-users in the rural sector, the army will be setting up bio-resource centres.Under the programme, young retired army personnel would be imparted training in five technologies; watermills, post harvest technology, bakery, herbs and craft-making.
The trained men will be called ‘resource persons’ and will take the technologies to rural people to bring desired changes in their lives.
"We are willing to pick retired soldiers and make them work as engines of growth for the transfer of technologies from the scientists to the end users in rural areas," said Lieutenant General J P Singh, Commander of 2 Corp, after his help was sought by Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation (HESCO), a Dehradun-based NGO.
Singh said trained, disciplined and hard working army jawans and JCOs are the right men to work as resource persons when they retire at the age of 40-45 years.
Anil B Joshi said his organisation (HESCO) would impart knowledge-based technologies to set up Army Bioresource Centres (ABC) and will get active support from Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA).
An ABC would soon be set up in Clement Town in Dehradun and later such centres would also be established in other parts of Uttarakhand and India, Joshi said.