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State focus on innovations

Ranchi, Dec. 21: Chief minister Hemant Soren today stressed the need for promoting innovations right at the grassroots level to “change the fortune of Jharkhand”.

“We need creative minds and innovative ideas to fast track growth in the state,” he said.

The chief minister was speaking at “State Consultation on Innovation” organised by the planning and development department and Hyderabad-based Centre for Innovations in Public System at a Ranchi hotel.

Around 200 people, including officials, students, farmers and other stakeholders, took part in the first-ever such discussion in the state. Chief secretary R.S. Sharma, principal secretary (planning) D.K. Tiwari, principal secretary (IT) N.N. Sinha were also present.

Addressing the gathering, Hemant said the state needed to work out a road map to promote and sustain innovations at panchayat, block and district levels.

According to sources, the state administration is currently encouraging innovative ideas in the fields of horticulture, education and governance among others.

Tiwari said the Centre had declared years 2010-20 as the “Innovation Decade”.

The objective was to promote, replicate and sustain any kind of research or innovation either by an industry or an academic or even a local village body, he added.

Jharkhand has so far been lagging behind in terms of innovation though.

“To promote innovations, every district is given Rs 1 crore annually. But, nothing concrete has come from the districts so far. There were a few proposals, but they were not acceptable,” Tiwari rued.

Chief secretary R.S. Sharma, nevertheless, appeared positive. He said there was no dearth of ideas, but people needed a proper platform to express them. “Use of technology can give positive results,” he said.