Innovation Challenge to reduce worker drudgery

Innovation Challenge to reduce worker drudgery National Innovation Council The first challenge launched by the National Innovation Council was a call for proposals launched in October 2011 to reduce the drudgery of the working class population. It was an acknowledgement of the collective failure to use our scientific and technological manpower to address problems of the average working class citizen. The challenge was to provide decent conditions of work to labour including ideas that would improve the design of work implements, processes, and models that improve work conditions. This went with the caveat that proposals should not be labour displacing.
468 proposals were received and screened of which 33 were shortlisted in the first round and 6 were shortlisted after the second round. These six proposals, as detailed below, were awarded by Shri Sam Pitroda, Adviser to PM and Chairman, National Innovation Council along with Shri Jairam Ramesh, Hon’ble Minister for Rural Development and Address by Kumari Selja, Hon’ble Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation at a function on 4th April at PIB Conference Hall, Shastri Bhavan.





Dr. S .Bandyopadhyay,
Dr. Saravana Kumar ,
Tarun Mehta,

Swapnil Jain,

Sri Ram Chepylala,

Jaideep Badduri,

Sayantan Biswas

Professors and Students, IIT Madras

Vessel Desk

Raghunath P. Lohar

Student, Maharashtra

An Innovative Design of Rikshaw

Pratik Kumar Ghosh

Working Professional, Kolkata

Display Unit for Hawkers/Street Vendors

Manjunath Butta

M.Des (Student), IIT Guwahati

Cycle for Physically Challenged

Ajith T. Alex, Aanand Ganesh , Mahesh P.V

Working Professionals, Chennai

Picking Grab for Sanitation Workers

Jitendra Nath Das

Ex-Asst. Engineer(Civil), KMC, Kolkata

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