Life in Banda district, of Uttar Pradesh’s Budelkhand region, is a daily struggle against formidable nature having a domino effect causing widespread poverty, out migration, malnutrition and water scarcity, among other detrimental conditions.
Faced with unique set of challenges, the district administration of Banda has been fighting against all odds with singular aim — to improve the current situation through innovations and ingenious methods that are practical, rooted locally and hold the ability to unlock unlimited economic potential of the region.
It may be an arduous task to tread the path to prosperity, but taking one step at a time would certainly bring the district closer to its set goals. It is with the Banda district administration, under the leadership of District Magistrate Heera Lal, IAS, organised the three-day Innovation and Start-up Summit in January at Government Medical College, Banda, in collaboration with Zila Vigyan Club.
Themed ‘Let’s Innovate, Explore New Paths of Sustainable Development’, the summit witnessed a record footfall of over 40,000 and participation from as many as 100 innovators and 80 different government departments, underscoring the magnitude of support available to ensure Banda’s development. Deliberations at the summit focused on local issues such as Anna Pratha, water crisis, malnutrition and agriculture, among others. Sharing their experiences and valuable insights on Banda’s development challenges, the speakers from across India gave new wings of hope to the district and its people.
eGov magazine, through this special issue, seeks to bring to the fore the unique issues plaguing Banda and the solutions in sight through interviews and articles of key government and non-government officials.
Our cover story, When Innovation and Start-up Summit Explored Smart, Innovative Approach for Banda talks at length about the new possibilities the summit has opened for the district administration to effect change in the status quo.
This issue of the magazine carries interviews of Heera Lal, District Magistrate of Banda; Hira Lal, Chief Development Officer (Retired), Banda; Dr Mukesh Yadav, Principal, Government Medical College; Krishna Karunakar Pandey, Deputy Commissioner, National Rural Livelihood Mission; Arun Kumar Nigam, Chairman, Kali Charan Nigam Group of Institutions; and Dr Santosh Kumar, Chief Medical Officer of the district.
A special story, ‘Banda: Where Heritage Meets Spirituality‘, features in this special issue to highlighting the tourism potential of the district.
We hope the magazine would prove to be an valuable resource who keep an eye on developmental issues pertaining to Budelkhand in general, and Banda district in particular.
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