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Harness technology for social good, States told

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2010-2020 decade of innovation: Cabinet Secretary



SHARING KNOW-HOW: Cabinet Secretary K.M.Chandrasekhar (left) inaugurates a consultative meeting on Centre-State technology partnership in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday.

Thiruvananthapuram: Union Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrasekhar has stressed the need for States to develop an action plan to harness viable technology from research institutions and deploy them for socio-economic development.

Inaugurating a consultative meeting on Centre- State technology partnership here on Saturday, he said it was important for States to cover the last mile gap and implement proven technology for public good. “Technology has entered centre-stage in the development process. Recognising its potential in speeding up development, India has declared 2010-2020 as the decade of innovation,” he said.

Mr. Chandrasekhar called for a viable technology partnership between the Centre and States. “Technology has to be translated to field conditions. There is a need to bring all the actors in technology source and usage face to face,”he added. He also called for a coordinated effort involving IITs and academic institutions. He said the private sector and NGOs had a crucial role in commercialising available technology.

Mr. Chandrasekhar said Central funds could be made available to deploy proven technologies for public good. “There should be a mechanism for interaction. It needs nodal people at the Central and State level to enable transaction of technology between suppliers and users.”

Mr. Chandrasekhar later inaugurated a technology portal of the Union government to disseminate information on a wide range of technologies developed by various research and development organisations. He said the portal would be an important step in closing technology divide and promoting better interaction between the scientific community and technology users.

Chief Secretary P. Prabhakaran, who presided over the function, underlined the need to make use of sophisticated technology in community and government programmes. He called for an institutional mechanism to transfer available technology from research institutions to the implementing agencies.

Mr. Prabhakaran said Kerala needed an innovative approach to improve agriculture productivity and operational efficiency of agro-based industries. “The small and medium enterprises in the State also need scientific inputs for product design, operational process and optimisation of energy and material use,” he said.

Mr. Prabhakaran said technology could be deployed for conservation of water bodies.

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