Differentially Abled But With An Exemplary Vision; Meet Anant Who Developed An Application For Jaggery Farmers

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Life hinders you with obstacles at one point of time or maybe many. We all have at times faced difficulties that have dispirited us but what if you are born in a certain way in which life could be so cruel that challenges start coming your way as soon as you realize your existence on the earth.
Yes, Anant Vaishya, a second-year engineering student at B R Ambedkar Institute of Technology for Handicapped Kanpur, will have you think positively. He made headlines for his impeccable invention for farmers selling sugarcane after he developed an application for them.

Anant can neither hold anything with his hands nor walk on his own. He operates his mobile phone with his nose and uses only one finger to run the laptop. Differentially abled since birth, he always had the flair to study and never compromise his dreams even if life and circumstances were odd for him. He never allowed his identity of a handicapped person come in a way of his academics.
As a part of his academic project, Anant decided to develop an application which will specifically target the jaggery producers of India, the poor farmers who are more often than ever exploited in the markets for their produce by not getting the decent pay for their year-long hard-work.

Anant named the application, ‘Gud Ka Saathi’ and through this application, he believes that such farmers can trade easily after they have registered themselves over this application. The app can expand its market and can prove to be a hub where buyers and the producers meet and strike a deal directly. 

Anant in an interview with Hindustan Times said that he always felt jaggery producers don’t get the right price, left with little choice and have to sell for the one-fourth price.
Through the application which he is making, the farmers can easily market their products and can get better prices for it. 

According to the young boy, after reaching an advance stage, his application would also illustrate the technique to make flavoured jaggery as they are in huge demand. The application is said to inculcate everything that is required to benefit the farmers as well as the buyers.

 How did it start?

When Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow (AKTU) asked the technical institutes to submit ideas and technical solutions to help boost ‘one district one product’, Anant too was one of the 157 participants representing BR Ambedkar Institute Of Technology For Handicapped, KanpurThe idea poured in his vision through this application landed him to the top sixth position.

He admitted in a video interview with The Netizen News that he is not like other people around him but he thinks this reason shall not keep him away from his goal. He has always considered himself to be able like all his friends and says that challenges are a part of life. If there won’t be one, life would be mundane. 

For developing this application, something which was commendable was his will to learn how to use a mobile phone and a laptop as most parts of his body don’t work. He decided to use his nose and finger for that.
He aspires to become a Software Developer and develop many such applications in future that would benefit people around him. He believes that if one has knowledge and skills, it shouldn’t be held back rather positively disseminated to others. 

Problems faced by the farming industry, especially the Jaggery producers

Sugarcane is the main raw material required in the preparation of sugar and jaggery. In every Indian household, both of these items are extensively being consumed and hence India ranks the highest in both of its productions. Jaggery, since it is a staple food in India, despite these factors which makes it of utmost importance, remains a product which is highly exploited when it is brought by the farmers in the markets for the sale.
Right from the amount of the product, its colour, packaging, quality and every little thing is decided by the market before labelling a price tag on it. Moreover, the most important problem that the jaggery producers face is the high fluctuating prices in both national and international markets followed by the middle men’s tampering of the product with huge commissions, malpractices during the mobility and delay in payment. 

jaggery farmer

Solution to the problems faced by the farmers producing and trading in jaggery

Most farmers do not study the market and are completely ignorant about the genuine pricing of their produce. Therefore, the elevation of the middlemen is required. With the advent of the digitalization and the wise way of the use of internet, this can be possible. The application that Anant is making will serve the purpose for the same. It will help the sellers and the buyers directly come in the contact and take the deal further. 

 What is One District One Product Scheme?

One District One Product is a scheme that was launched by the Uttar Pradesh Government in 75 districts in November 2020 to support the indigenous industries of handicrafts, processed foods, garments and other traditional products manufactured by local micro, small and medium enterprises, MSME.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi considers it as an extension to 
Make In India Project.

Anant who is full of dreams and aspirations, aim high in his life. Despite all odds, something that hasn’t shattered is his willpower to do something in bettering our society. We at the Efforts For Good salute Anant and his inspirational move towards the society and educational sector. 

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Goonj Is Working With 1000’s Of Volunteers & Partner NGOs To Provide Covid-19 Relief In 18 States

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With the extension of the lockdown the crisis of migrant labourers and daily wagers has just grown bigger due to uncertainty and fear of future. In the migrant colonies, slums and for people in the villages hunger and desperation is building up day by day. This is high time we step up our efforts to support our people who are in dire need of food and hygiene essentials to survive the pandemic, Covid-19.

After the India-wide lockdown, a lot of jobless migrant workers are stuck in cities with hardly any resources while many started retreating back to their villages. With the loss of livelihoods, a large number of them are now struggling to support their families.

Goonj activated its pan India teams and a pan India network of partner organizations and volunteers in urban and rural India. This network, built over the last two decades, helps them learn from the ground, reach material quickly and review and adapt strategy periodically. Intensifying this network has helped Goonj reach and start work across 17produced states/UT in the last three weeks.

Goonj’s focus: 

Majority of the Covid-19 relief work by non profits right now is in the metros and cities but Goonj is the only non profit that is also simultaneously focusing on the people in the villages and the ones stuck on highways or somewhere.

Goonj is targeting daily wagers, migrants and other vulnerable groups, who even traditionally are left out like the disabled, sex workers, LGBTQ community.

“COVID-19 is a crisis, yes…But, it’s also an opportunity for us to build the society anew. Not ‘for’ the people…but, ‘with’ the people. And in the process, we will build ourselves too.” – Anshu Gupta, Founder-Director, Goonj.

Direct Monetary and Material Transfer

Wherever Goonj got the permission to open their centres for packing and disbursement of relief material kits, they are creating a kit consisting of 20-30 kgs material including dry rations, masks, sanitary pads and other hygiene material and reaching them to people, as per needs and as per regulations with all safety precautions. This kit will help a family survive for 30 days.

Information till 10th April 2020:

  • Distributed 15,100 ration kits reaching thousands of people
  • Reached 17,700 families
  • Supporting 12 community kitchen across India with 16,600kgs of ration
  • 77,800 food packets provided to migrant laborers and daily wagers walking on the roads across the country.
  • Provided direct financial support to 32 organisations
  • Made 42,800 cloth face masks
  • 24,900 cloth sanitary napkins produced
  • Produced 1500 litres of organic sanitiser

In Goonj’s processing centers its trained team of women are making cloth face masks and cloth sanitary pads (MY-Pads), keeping all the precautions and with the permission and cooperation of the local authorities.

In this lock-down phase if you are facing any difficulty getting sanitary pads or you are running out of stock, here’s a detailed but very simple process of making Cloth Pads at home created by Goonj. “This is how we make Goonj MY Pads.” This is how our mothers and grandmothers turned their spare cloth into pads.

This disaster, unlike any other, is unprecedented in its scale and impact and that’s why we all must do our bit with Goonj to continue its relief work for millions of people in this still unfolding long-tailed disaster.

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