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We are carrying out a study to explore possible opportunities of job creation, livelihoods for farmers in farming of Medicinal and Aromatic plants; and also ways to enhance export of these items. Our team visited the farms of Maa Danteshwari Herbal Group in Bastar, Madhya Pradesh. Dr Rajaram Tripathi, founder of Maa Danteshwari Group and his team took us through their farms, how they practice organic farming and grow herbs. They briefed our team on how vertical farming of black pepper helps farmers earn a very good income and how they have trained farmers from different states in similar practices.

Gram Sabha Kambur Panchayat, Madurai: Emerging Grassroots Leadership - RGICS studied the phenomenon of grass roots mobilisation in Kambur village panchayat which has led to active participation of people in institutional mechanisms. Having information about their rights, people have started raising their issues in Gram Sabha meetings.

Pioneers and Innovators: Interview with Taiwan's Prof Yee Shyi Chang – Prof Yee Shyi Chang (PhD in Material Science, Cambridge University) from Taiwan is one of the pioneers and innovators who was engaged in policy for making Taiwan internationally competitive in hi-tech manufacturing in 1980's. We interacted with him about his work, how 'Made in Taiwan' emerged as a brand all over the world and what lessons India can learn from Taiwan to build its manufacturing capability for competing globally.

RGICS Talk Series on Budget 2019-20: Expert Insights - Dr Amir Ullah Khan – Budget 2019-20: Critique of Assumptions and Projections – The fifth talk of the series was delivered by Dr Amir Ullah Khan, Professor, MCRHRDI, Government of Telangana, on 12th July, 2019.

RGICS Talk Series on Budget 2019-20: Expert Insights - Dr Santosh Mehrotra – Budget 2019-20: Implications for Growth with Employment"- The sixth talk of the series was delivered by Dr Santosh Mehrotra, Professor Economics, Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, on 16th July, 2019.

RGICS Talk Series on Budget 2019-20: Expert Insights, Budget 2019-20: Implications on Infrastructure Sector – The fourth talk of the series was delivered by Mr Vinayak Chatterjee, Chairman, Feedback Infra, CII's National Council on Infrastructure, on 11th July, 2019.

RGICS Talk Series on Budget 2019-20: Expert Insights, Moving Towards 5 Trillion Dollars in the Next Few Years: Prospects and Challenges - The second talk of the series was delivered by Dr Shubhashis Gangopadhyay, Research Director, India Development Foundation, on 9th July, 2019.

RGICS Talk Series on Budget 2019-20: Expert Insights. Budget 2019-20- Will it Deliver What it Promises - The first talk of the series was delivered by Shri P Chidambaram, former Finance Minister on 8th July, 2019.

‘Re-greening India: Water for All’: A seminar was organized in collaboration with the Indian National Association of Club of Rome (CoR) on February 23, 2019. It includes presentations by Dr. Ashok Khosla, Chairman, Development Alternatives, New Delhi; Prof. A.K. Gosain, IIT Delhi; Dr. Himanshu Kulkarni, Director, ACWADAM, Pune; Prof. Mihir Shah, Shiv Nadar University and Mr. Abhilash Khandekar, Editor-Dainik Bhaskar.

Smt Ela R. Bhatt talks about her book Anubandh, which is an appeal for building holistic and mutually beneficial communities that are mindful of the impact that our acts of daily living have on the land, and on the people.

Cycle Yatra: Around 400 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Bastar organised a Cycle Yatra from Jagdalpur to Raipur. RGICS is working on policy support for rebuilding Sadbhavana and livelihoods for tribals in Bastar.

Consultation: Denotified and Nomadic Tribes

Case Study: Implementation of the Forest Right Act, 2006 in Chhattisgarh

The RGICS Team interacted with Dr Ravi Chopra, Director, People Science Institute, Dehradun. He discussed about the uniqueness of the river Ganga and policy proposals for its preservation.

The RGICS Team interacted with Dr Ravi Chopra, Director, People Science Institute, Dehradun. He discussed major challenges faced in protection of dying rivers in India. This is the part 1 of the conservation.