Lokrang adds colour, vibrancy
Dalit groom dragged out of horse carriage
NARNAUL (Haryana): On 28 March, members of the Scheduled Castes held a demonstration before the mini-secretariat here demanding immediate action against those who dragged out a Dalit groom from the horse-drawn carriage he was riding in, insulted and assaulted him and vandalized the marriage pandal. SDM Mahesh Kumar met the protestors and assured them o f action. The bride’s father, Satish Kumar, said that the groom was on the way to his house to perform a ritual. Near Purani Mandi, some men assaulted him, dragged him out and broke the carriage. They also forcibly entered the marriage pandal and vandalized it. -Sanjay Mann
Rural scientist’s machines bring laurels
He crafted many machines but what won him accolades was a machine that changed the way the local farmers sowed sugarcane. The machine called “Bud Chipper”, which Roshan invented in 2006, allowed the farmers to extract the bud from sugarcanes and plant it instead of going for the traditional method of planting the whole sugarcane. They could then use the sugarcane for extracting juice or making “gur”. For the Bud Chipper, he was honoured by a union minister in 2009, in the presence of the then president Pratibha Devisingh Patil.
The NABARD Award 2012, Jawaharlal Nehru Agricultural Fellow award 2014 and sixth KVP award were also conferred on him. Roshan decided to improve upon the Bud Chipper and make a machine that would reduce the input cost of sugarcane farmers and boost profits. He had started work on this machine in 2007 itself. This machine called Bud Planter is multipurpose – it makes a groove in the earth, plants the bud, adds fertilizer and covers the bud with soil. On 7 March 2015, President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the eighth National Innovation Award on Roshan for this invention. Roshan has established a workshop at his house where he makes his machines. His “Jai Ambe Steel Fabrication” employs seven villagers. -Akshay Nema Mekh