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									  ADDRESS BY SHRI V. N. RAI



                       WORKSHOP ON
                       TRIBAL AREAS”
               Vigyan Bhawan, January 28, 2004

   Welcome address by Mr. V.N. Rai Managing Director KRIBHCO and
                    Trustee, Gramin Vikas Trust

Shri   M.   Shankar,   Secretary     (Rural   Development)   Ministry     of   Rural
Development, Government of India, and the chief guest of the programme,
Nripendra Misra Secretary Fertilizers, Dept. Of fertilizers, Ministry of
Chemicals and Fertilizers, Chairman of inaugural,
Shri Balvinder Kumar, Joint Secretary Fertilizers,
Shri Amar Prasad, Chief Executive Officer, Gramin Vikas Trust,
Senior Govt. Officers from Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of
Agriculture, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Ministry of Forests

Distinguished guests from Government of Jharkhand, West Bengal, Orissa,
Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat,

Officials of Department for International Development (DFID) Govt. of U.K.,
Representatives from various International and National Organizations,
Representative from Press and media,
Officials from Gramin Vikas Trust,
Representative of village community,
Ladies and Gentlemen.

It gives me great pleasure to welcome Shri M. Shankar, Secretary Rural
Development, Chief Guest of this function. When we were planning this
Workshop, we immediately felt that we cannot find a better person than Mr.
Shankar to inaugurate this workshop. He has wide experience to his credit in
the area of Rural Development. Shri M. Shankar worked for a long time in the
State of Haryana. He joined this ministry in the year 1993 as a Joint Secretary
and continued as Additional Secretary and Financial Advisor. Since October
2002, he has taken over as Secretary, Rural Development. The Watershed
guidelines were finalized in 1995 during his period. During his tenure, he has
been associated with the introduction of a number of innovative Rural
Developmental programmes for the upliftment of the rural community.

I welcome him and express our gratitude for kindly accepting our invitation to
this workshop.

It is my privilege in welcoming Shri Nripendra Misra, Secretary (Fertilizes),
Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Govt. of India.
Prior to the present assignment, he served as Special Secretary, Ministry of
Commerce, Govt. of India. He had also been Additional Secretary in the same
He was Principal Secretary, Dept. Of Finance, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh earlier.
Shri Misra has handled a number of special assignments as consultant to
Asian Development Bank for Bangladesh; Member, Taxation Enquiry
Committee, Govt of Uttar Pradesh; Member, Reserve Bank of India’s
Committee on Urban Cooperative Banking; consultant to Govt. of Nepal, World
Bank, etc. Under his dynamic leadership, a number of policies related to
fertilizer sector have been finalized which are in the interest of both fertilizer
industry as well as farming community aiming towards higher agricultural

I welcome Shri Balvinder Kumar Jt. Secretary (Fertilizers).       Shri Balvinder
Kumar is also a Trustee of GVT and Director on the KRIBHCO Board. He has
always been playing an important role in development activities of GVT and
also to make it a sustainable organization in the long run.

The Senior Officials from the Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of
Agriculture and Cooperation and Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Ministry
of Forests and Environment, Planning Commission are present here, I
welcome them all.

There are participants from the State Govt. too. Shri Shiv Basant, Agricultural
Production Commissioner, Dr. D.K. Saxena, Joint Secretary and Director
Horticulture, Shri B. Nijlingappa, Joint Secretary, Ruaral Development, Shri. R.
K. Zutshi, Executive Director, Waste Land Development, all from the Govt. of
Shri P.K. Jena, Director, Watershed Mission from Govt. of Orissa,

Shri Tulsi Ram Verma, Principle Secretary, Agriculture and Shri M.K. Khanna,
Principal Secretary, Rural Development from Govt. of Rajasthan.
Dr. R. P. Singh Vice Chancellor, Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture &
Technology, Udaipur,
Shri K. T. Chacko, Principal Secretary, Rural Development, Shri Anil Oberai,
Chief Conservator of Forest (Development, Shri Arun Kumar Bhatt, District
Collector, District Jhabua all are from Govt. of Madhya Pradesh.
I welcome them all for having come from far off places to participate in the

I welcome Mr. S.P. Tucker, Coordinator, Andhra Pradesh Rural Livelihood
Project (APRLP) Govt. of Andhra Pradesh and Dr. H. Basker, Executive
Director, Karnataka Watershed Development Society (KAWAD), Govt. of
Karnataka. I welcome officials from DFID who have been playing a pivotal role
in funding and assisting in implementation of the project and giving direction
towards making GVT sustainable.

We    have   representatives     from    various   International   and   National
Dr. J. R. Witcombe, Manger DFID Plant Science Research Programme,
CAZS, Bangor, University of Wales, UK
Mr. Dinesh Joshi from Rockefeller foundation,
Mr. Guy Honore, Indo-German Project Coordinator,
Dr. Kuhu Chatterjee, Country Manager, ACIAR,
Ms. Tinney Sawhney from Agha Khan Foundation,
Mr. Pravesh Sharma from International Fund for Agriculture Development
Mr.P.C. Anderson from DANIDA,
Dr. William Thrope from International Livestock Research Institute,
Dr. P.S. Marwaha, CEO, IFFDC,
Mr. Shiv Prasad from AFPRO,
Dr. G. Balachander and Mr. Prakash Kashwan from Ford Foundation,
Prof. P.K. Biswas from IIFM,
Mr. I.A. Khan from World Bank,
Prof. B. N. Hiremath from IRMA, Anand
Shri S. K. Bansal and Dr. B. P. Nautiyal from NABARD
Shri Rangan Dutta from Planning Commission,
I welcome them all to this Workshop.
I also welcome the officers from KRIBHCO, representatives from press and
media, participants from GVT and Jankars from project villages and all of
those, who are present in this workshop.

I would like to highlight here that KRIBHCO has its own regular promotional
and rural development activities like Field Days, Demonstrations, Farmer
Meetings, Crop Seminars, Special Campaigns.           All these have helped in
upliftment of rural and farming communities. Looking into these activities and
KRIBHCO’s contribution in rural development, the Govt. of India decided that
the 1st phase of Western India Rainfed Farming Project be implemented by
KRIBHCO. The excellent work done in Western part of the country, was
recognized at national and international level and thus, DFID decided to
handover the Eastern India Rainfed Farming Project from Hindustan Fertilizer
Corporation Ltd. to KRIBHCO in 1995.
In order to provide better and effective management for the development and
implementation of various activities of the DFID funded projects, it was thought
essential to have an independent organization which is solely responsible for
rural development. Thus Gramin Vikas Trust (GVT) came into existence in
April 1999.

GVT’s work has been widely appreciated by the DFID and recognized by the
State Governments. This has helped in getting a number of other projects
from State Governments for implementation. There will be a presentation on
GVT and its activities through which you will be knowing more about it.

The purpose of today’s Workshop on “Partnership for Sustainable Rural
Livelihoods in Rainfed Tribal Areas” is to share the experiences and find the
ways of working in partnership so that all the implementers engaged in this
sector may come together and pool their knowledge and resources for
accelerated and sustainable growth of the rural people living in the remote
areas. I am sure that at the end of this Workshop we would definitely come
out for collaborations where GVT’s expertise could be utilized by other
organizations both Govt. and Non-Govt. and vice-versa.
Once again I welcome the Chief Guest, the chairman of the function and all
the participants to this Workshop.

Thank you.

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