Mulberry Sericulture in New Areas: Empowering Tribal Women
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- Author :S.K. Panda
- Year of Publication :2014
- ISBN: :9789351250296
- Language: :English
- Binding: :Hard Bound
- No of Pages: XXII, 176
- Size: 23 cms
- Categories: Agriculture, Economics, North East Indian Studies, Women Studies
About the Book :
Because of its unique features like luster, tensile strength, capacity to absorb dye, silk is popularly known as the “Queen of Textiles”. Sericulture industry has special significance in poverty alleviation as it is labour intensive, less strenuous, requires less capital, low gestation and has good market. Promotion of sericulture covering both on-farm and off-farm activities generates sizable employment opportunity in the rural areas and is of particular relevance to the women, small and marginal farmers. Mulberry sericulture, which contributes bulk of the silk produced in the country, is centered on five traditional states. Tripura, one of the non-traditional and new states in Mulberry sericulture, has seen significant success in promotion of mulberry sericulture on a sustainable basis. This has been possible as a result of mobilization of people, involvement of the local community/PRI bodies, provision of technical assistance and infrastructure along with required forward and backward linkages on a holistic basis. The book has aptly dealt with various aspects of promotion of mulberry sericulture, which has led to the production of quality bivoltine silk yarn on the one hand and empowering the tribal women on the other. It seeks to provide firsthand information on various technical as well administrative aspects, which need specific attention for introduction of mulberry sericulture in a new area. It can serve as a practical guide for the people's representatives, policy formulators, administrators and field staff and officers in using mulberry sericulture for poverty alleviation and empowerment of women.
About Author :
Sanjay Kumar Panda, born in 1955 in Odisha, had a brilliant academic career with two University Gold Medals, as the Best Graduate and in the Post Graduation, a Silver Medal in Diploma in Public Administration. He holds a Diploma in Forestry and a Ph.D. in Economics.
As a distinguished civil servant, he served in the Indian Administrative Service (1980 batch) for 35 years in the states of Tripura, Odisha, and in the Government of India. As the Chief Secretary, Tripura (2010-14) and Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India (2014-15), he headed the bureaucratic set up. The author combined within himself a brilliant academician and an able administrator, with professional competence and concern for the poor and disadvantaged.
His dealing with the welfare of the Scheduled Castes/Minorities and Backward Classes as the Joint Secretary; followed by a stint in the Steel Authority of India Limited and a study for diploma in Public Administration formed the backdrop of his interest and publication "Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in India – Past, Present and Future" in 2008, one of the first publications on the subject.
Work for Empowerment of Tribal Women through Mulberry Sericulture brought him international applause with the conferment of Louis Pasteur Award in 2016 for outstanding contribution to sericulture and silk industry by the International Sericultural Commission. His Ph. D. in economics, publication "Mulberry Sericulture – Empowering Tribal Women" and film "Soil to Silk", based on this work are valuable contribution to promotion of sericulture.
While working as Chief Secretary, Tripura, he took up mobilising the team with positive mindset and use of appropriate technology on various welfare schemes, which yielded transformative results. These have been documented in his publication "Making One Plus One Eleven" in 2014.
His areas of interest relate to Empowerment of the Poor and Disadvantaged Segments of the society in the field of promotion of handloom, handicraft, sericulture and skill development in general and development of the North Eastern Region, the tribal areas in particular.
After his superannuation from service, Dr. Panda is dealing with Skill Development as the Chairman, Executive Committee in the Tripura Skill Development Mission.