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The trailblazer from Assam

Many would twist their eyebrows to hear and read some astonishing innovations of Shri Uddhab Bharali of North Lakhimpur , Assam. The trail blazer from Assam developed new machines and technological knowhow to help local communities and industries.

He developed machines to produce polythenes, pomegranates de-seeder for separating outer hard skin and thin inner membrane without damaging the seeds and splitting long lengths of bamboos-- sizing, surface finishing and polishing them. Farming being his profession, he developed the knack and quintessence of innovation in his early years of struggling and ultimately succeeded in innovating 85 engineering devices for different purposes in agriculture. Till date 13 devices have been commercialized.

Leading organizations, NGO's and project consultants have hired him for his guidance and technical knowhows to accomodate machinery devices which have been popular in foreign countries like United Kngdom and America. The Central Silk Board sought Shri Uddhab's guidance to redesign a sophisticated reeling machine. To further add feather he designed a Stevia Pulveriser and Passion Fruit Gel extractor for NERCRMP (North Eastern Region Community Resources Management Project). Applauding the inquisitiveness and creativeness of innovations, Dr. Pratibha Patil, The President of India lauded and emphasized in her speech during Award Ceremony Function for Grassroot Innovators that "Innovation encompasses technological innovation, a fresh way of management or a different way of doing the same task, but which would result in better performance. Shri Bharali also developed machines like remi recortication, garlic peeler, tobacco lead cutter, paddy thrasher, cane stripper, brass utensil polisher, safed musli peeler, jatropha de-seeder, passion fruit juice extractor, trench digger and chopper for cattle and fisheries feeder.

His flair for the passion built up during the days of his father's debt in repaying for a loan. Installation of the polythene industry where the machines produced polythenes at a subsidised cost of sixty seven thousand rupees when company-made machines were priced at Rs.4 Lakhs. Slowly his innovation prowess culminated to deseed 50-55 kg of pomegranates in an hour through a pomegranate de-seeder which presently are being exported to Turkey and America.

Presently Shri Bharali is a research scholar for the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship and a Technical Consultant to Rural Technology Action Group (RUTAG) for the development of Technology at the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati.