Announcing the Winners of NABARD Award 2012 for Rural Innovation

Announcing the Winners of NABARD Award 2012 for Rural Innovation

Thursday October 25, 2012,

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National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development announced the winners of NABARD Awards 2012 for Rural Innovations on October 17, 2012 at New Delhi in order to commemorate 30 years of its existence. Hon’ble Union Finance Minister of India, Dr. P.Chidambaram and Hon’ble Union Minister for Rural Development, Shri Jairam Ramesh presided over the award ceremony.

Being the apex development bank in India that facilitates credit flow for or promotion and development of agriculture, small-scale industries, cottage and village industries, handicrafts and other rural crafts, NABARD Awards recognizes 12 rural innovations in 6 categories with the potential to change the face of rural India.

Winners & Runners Up of NABARD Award 2012 are:

Academic/Research Institutions:

L.V.Prasad Eye Institute: (Winner)

L.V. Prasad Eye Institute is a World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Prevention of Blindness. Headquartered in Hyderabad, L.V.Prasad Eye Institute has

92 village vision centres in Andhra Pradesh. They have treated 14 million people in the last 25 years with over 71% of their patients receiving treatment free of cost.For more info, take a look at

Amrita Centre for Wireless Networks and Application: (Runners Up)

Amrita Centre for Wireless Networks and Application has developed a system using wireless sensor technology to detect landslide and provide warning in landslide prone areas in the country such as Himalayas and Konkan Region. This system allows facilitation of evacuation and disaster management thereby saving millions of lives in these regions.

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Society for Energy, Environment & Development: (Winner)

Society for Energy, Environment & Development was started to utilize technology to improve the life of rural population in India. The technological innovation implemented by them is a high efficiency solar dryer for fruits and vegetables developed and patented by the team headed by their founder, Prof. M.Ramakrishna Rao.

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Veppamarathupatti Small Farmer's Welfare Association: (Runner Up)

A social experiment initiated by K. Periyannan as an after effect of the 2002 drought situation, Veppamarathupatti Small Farmer's Welfare Association harvests waste water and proportionately distributes the water to farmers in the region.

Public/Cooperative Sector/Government

North Eastern Development and Finance Corporation: (Winner)

North Eastern Development and Finance Corporation is a public limited company that provides financial assistance to micro-level to large enterprises for setting up industrial, infrastructure and agri-allied projects in the North Eastern Region of India apart from microfinance through MFI and NGOs. It is the designated nodal agency involved in the distribution government incentives to the industries in the North East Region of India.For more info, take a look at

Jilla Sahakari Kendriya Bank: (Runner Up)

Jilla Sahakari Kendriya Bank has been providing various banking and financial services to rural population in 82 naxal affected villages in the country through mobile banking. They have been facilitating schemes such as MNREGA, various credit card schemes etc.

Private Sector:

Brizz TV Media Labs Pvt Ltd: (Winner)

Incubated at NSRCEL, IIM Bangalore, Brizz TV is a digital media technology company that is providing cost effective internet services to household through DTH connections in a way to bridge the digital divide. Their current focus is on media and education.

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Reuters Market Light: (Runners Up)

Reuters Market Light provides personalized information service to the farmer community in India. They provide information such as crop advisory, weather forecast, market price etc. They have nearly 1 million registered users in over 50,000 villages in India.

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Roshan Lal Vishwakarma: (Winner)

Roshan Lal Vishwakarma’s innovation is a sugarcane bud chipper that chips sugarcane buds to avoid wastage and use the buds for replanting. This chipper also requires low maintenance.

Pompy Sridhar: (Runner Up)

Pompy Sridhar has initiated a project that integrates insurance and healthcare services using biometric smart cards that will enable the provision of healthcare to rural and below poverty line households in India. These households will be provided a smart card that can be identified at rural clinics using computers and mobile based applications.


Karunakara M Reddy: (Winner)

Karunakara M Reddy has designed an efficient water treatment and purification system through his company Smaat Aqua Technologies to make clean drinking water available and affordable to rural population in India.

Chintakindi Mallesham: (Runner Up)

Speeding up the process of making a Pochampally saree, Chintakindi Mallesham has developed a Laxmi Asu Machine that lets weavers make one saree in just one and half hours where originally it took the weavers about five hours to weave one saree.

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