Mr. G. Muniratnam

  • 1995
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Application of Science and Technology for Rural Development

Born: January 6, 1936

Organized, when just 15, a chain of children's clubs known as Balananda Sanghams for the integrated development of poor children in rural areas. Also established a large number of maternity care centres in the rural areas of Chittoor District.

Established the Krishi Vigyan Kendra under the auspices of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. Improvement of productivity of land in dry areas through introduction of high yielding varieties of food crops, pulses and oilseeds, multiple cropping by providing well irrigation have resulted in weaning away the area from drought and develop the agricultural potential of these areas. Also started sericulture, horticulture, agro-forestry, animal husbandry and dairying particularly among small and marginal farmers.

Both men and women farmers receive training in various agricultural pursuits in the demonstration and training farm attached to the Krishi Vigyan Kendra. The training is imparted on the principal of learning by doing.

Has undertaken the development of wasteland through Agro-Social forestry and horticulture programmes. School children also involved in a big way in this programme of training, demonstration and promotion of green belt in the villages.

Raising energy plantation on a 75 acre piece of land granted by Government of Andhra Pradesh is another outstanding contribution to rural development. Started a programme for the efficient use of rural energy.

Has been the recipient of several Awards: The National Award given to Rayalaseema Seva Samithi (RASS) for valuable services to the community in the field of child welfare (1985); The Indian Merchants' Chamber Jamnalal Bajaj Endowment Award (1987); The Indira Gandhi National Unity Award for outstanding achievement in social work (1989).

Rayalaseema Seva Samithi,
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Tirupathi, Andra Pradesh - 517 501
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