Two of the stalls put up by Rural Development Trust (RDT) amongst the over 200 stalls at the “11th Rural Technology Mela” held in Hyderabad, won the stallholders top award on the closing day. The awards were given out by the National Institute of Rural Development, under whose aegis the Rural Technology Melas have been held for the past 11 years. The proud recipients were Ms.Alivelu & Ms.Adilakshmi, and Ms.C.Chandrakala & Ms.Neelamma who received the award for having the Best Stalls under Handicrafts criteria. They displayed a theme of unique Eco Friendly Handicraft products and their being differently abled persons receiving this award strengthened their position further in society.
The pair of Ms.Alivelu & Ms.Adilakshmi, are Paper Mache Artisans of Sri Durga Mahila Vikalangula Sangham, while the other pair of Ms.C.Chandrakala & Ms.Neelamma are Embroidery Artisans of Sri Jyothi Mahila Vikalangula Sangham belonging to Rural Development Trust at Ananthapuramu. The products displayed at the stalls put up by RDT had displayed a whole variety of products made of eco friendly products out of jute, paper, arecanut sheath fiber etc. Products with natural dying were highlighted and products were made with areca nut sheath were really appreciated.
According to Ms.Safia, Assistant Director, RDT, “To have won these awards is testimony to what can be done when one puts one’s mind and soul into the effort. All four of these people did just that and proved what they are capable of. Of course, this puts a major obstacle in our path – we must do better than even these fantastic stalls next year!”.
There were over 200 stalls displaying rural technologies and products from all over the country. A large number of technology developers, technology users, technology institutions, Universities, scientific and research organizations, Public Sector Undertakings, Departments, Self Help Groups (SHGs) and Artisans / Craftmen from across the country took part in the Mela. The states represented at the Mela were Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, and West Bengal. The rural technologies/products displayed this time included handicrafts, handlooms, khadi and village industries products, herbal, medicinal and aromatic products, wood carvings, and other handicrafts, etc.
The unique features of the Mela included the display of innovative technologies, products of successful entrepreneurs of RTP, live demonstration of different rural technologies and the promotion of various rural products. A series of variety and colorful cultural programmes included traditional folk arts, musical night, short plays and dramas by tribal communities, school children and famous artists.