3 yrs on, innovative minds await awards


Srinagar, Jan 19: What could turn out to be a major setback for innovative minds in Jammu and Kashmir, government has failed to give awards to them despite Chief Minster Omar Abdullah instituting Talent Search-cum-Innovation Award(TSLA)’ three years ago.
 Officials in the department said that State government had setup the award in 2010 after a team of National Innovation Foundation Ahmedabad met Chief Minster Omar Abdullah and apprised him about the scores of innovations of the Valley youth, “ The Chief Minister then ordered for formation of award which he said would be given on January 26 every year,” an official said.
 A few days after Chief Minster’s announcement, General Administrative Department (GAD) vide order no 37-GAD of 2010 instituted TSLA.
 According to the GAD order, the purpose of the award is to help JK to become an innovative and creative society by scouting, spawning and sustaining un-aided grassroots technological innovation, creative ideas and the use of unique traditional knowledge from the informal sector of the state. “It also seeks to unearth ability of creative community of individual in rural and urban areas and helping in building value chain around them,” Government order states.
 Under TSIA state had announced cash award of Rs one lakh each, a gold medal and a citation for five best innovations every year, however on contrary Government has not given award to any of the innovators in three years. 
 Scores of innovators who spoke to Greater Kashmir are irked and disillusioned by the government’s approach, “It discourages us to work on new innovations. On our own we have been making our state proud, we have got scores of awards from President of India. The innovative talent of Kashmiris can be better learnt from National Innovation Foundation who has been helping us from time to time. They are all praise for us, but it hurts when our own government discourages us,” innovators said.
 Minster of state for Science and Technology and IT, Feroz Ahmed Khan assured of looking into the matter.  

Lastupdate on : Sat, 19 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 19 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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