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Abstract SRISTI Samman Awards were conferred on seven grassroots innovators and knowledge-holders. This year the awardees have been selected for their contribution in various fields such as herbal practices, conservation of crop varieties, environmental care etc., whereas some have been awarded for their innovations to improve lives of other people. It is very gratifying to mention that three of the previous awardees of SRISTI Samman got Padma Shri, one of the highest civilian awards in country. We welcome nominations about outstanding less known social change makers in various fields of grassroots knowledge, innovations, education, institutions, cultural and biodiversity conservation systems.
 
Details Smt Annakutty JosephIdukki, KerelaCompiled by P.Vivekanandan and DrVaradarajan ,SEVAMrs Annakutty Joseph (71) is a herbal healer who has formulated several medicines to treat human and animal diseases. These include skin diseases, worms, intestinal disorders, lean calves, mastitis, foot and mouth disease, inflammation, jaundice, haemorrhoids and some others. She has also made efforts to conserve certain rare varieties of ash gourd, giant granadilla, wild chilli, wild onion, and Dioscorea spp. Shri Kongara RameshVisakhapatnam, Andhra PradeshCompiled by PalleSrujana, Brig P Ganesham (retd)K Ramesh is an innovative farmer who has developed new varieties of chilli and mangoes. He has also developed an organic pest control formulation. Apart from farming, Ramesh has acquired knowledge of homeopathy medicine and gives free medicines to the needy. He has developed several sustainable agricultural innovations. He was a pioneer to use biogas energy to run a milking dairy unit.Smt Padmaja VenigandlaVizianagaram, Andhra PradeshCompiled by Palle Srujana, Brig P Ganesham (retd)Padmaja trains rural children in classical dances. With the help of few dance experts/volunteers, she has trained scores of village children who have performed at various programs in Delhi, Hyderabad, Vijaywada and on foreign shores too. At the ashram, boys and girls are trained in traditional martial arts and many other traditional local art forms. She has also combined an old age home for women with children’s home. Children and elderly women get care and affection from each other. Shri Upendra Rathod & Shri Rajiv RathodAmreli, GujaratCompiled by SRISTI TeamAfter years of experimenting with the Bullet Santi- the first version of a motorcycle driven farming device developed by Mansukhbhai Jagani, Mr Upendra Rathod has played an important role towards its standardisation into a three wheeled tractor called Sanedo at Rathod Agro Industries. He has helped in the diffusion as well as further development of the Bullet Santi in India and Africa. The Sanedo uses features such as hydraulic lifting, reverse gears as well as several attachments like seed drills, sprayers for pesticides. It is now being produced by about 500 manufacturers in Saurashtra region of Gujarat. The efforts of Rathod brothers towards standardisation and diffusion have helped open markets for the Sanedo outside Saurashtra. Shri Mahadeo MahatoHazaribag, JharkhandCompiled by Social Upliftment Trust, Ranchi, JharkhandMahadeo Mahto, 63, has developed a unique way of organising a ‘Vriksha Raksha Bandhan’ Fair (tying sacred threads to trees for their protection) to conserve forests. The group formed by him, Vanya Prani Suraksh Samiti is now running this campaign at 10 different places. He has succeeded in conserving about 500 acres of land area so far.Late Shri N VellanWayanad, KerelaCompiled by P.Vivekanandan, SEVAN Vellan (66) comes from a tribal community, Wayanad district, Kerala has helped enormously in conserving the lifestyle, food habits, herbal medicine, bio-diversity conservation, traditional art, dance, archery skill etc. He worked for conservation of common land in Karapula dam site and also for conserving animal species like Wayanad chicken and dwarf cattle. He revived traditional tribal dance forms as well as traditional recipes such as kalluputtu, karakundappam, mulaiyeri payasam, thenkai soru (coconunt rice), irulaila, ilaiyotti, pottala, kaiyotti, mansatti kuthan etc. Shri B K Deva RaoDakshin Kannada, KarnatakaThis septuagenerian farmer from Southern Karnataka has grown and conserved around 154 varieties of traditional and hybrid paddy varieties. He has cultivated paddy in 42 small plots of his field without use of chemical fertilizer or pesticides. His son Parmeshwar Rao, an electrical engineer has now quit his job at a renowned firm to join him in this noble endeavour.
 
Volume No. Honey Bee 28(1) 5-6, 2017

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