LISTED IN INDIA’S TOP 30 SOCIAL INNOVATORS AT UNDP YOUTH CO: LAB

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Singuru Rajesh Founder, Green Gears

Singuru Rajesh is the recipient of the Young Scientist Conference Award-2018 and the Nav Bharat Nirman Award-2019 from the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India at IISF Platform. He completed his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering and M.Tech in Machine Design. With an interest in sustainability, he completed a PG Diploma in Energy and Environmental Management. Currently, he is doing his Ph.D. in Chemical Engg Dept at NIT Rourkela.

Mr. Rajesh is listed in India’s Top30 Social Innovators at UNDP YouthCo: lab 2020 organized by UNDP India and NITI Ayog-Atal Innovation Mission. His innovations received awards from different National and International Conferences such as IGKC2018, ICAAMM-16, NCRTME-2016, ICEMS-2015, AMMS-2015. His Research Areas are Biomass, Solar Energy & Sustainable Management and Machine Design. He is an incubate of ANGRAU Poshan Incubation Center, Tirupathi.

How did the initiative of sustainability development capture your attention?

According to the definition of Sustainable development, “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” The sustainable product should have all the three Social, Environment and Economy. The agro-residue burning in my village made me think about creating new sustainable material from this residue. While doing R&D, one of my childhood friends, Mr. Mani Kumar Jami, entrepreneurial mindset, which helped me to understand the scope and future of these sustainable products which can empower society and the circular economy. Together, we started building a business model and value proposition for our idea.

What is Green Gears doing regarding sustainable innovations and solutions?

‘Green Gears- gearing up for green’ was started in 2015 with a mission to provide sustainable innovative solutions for social problems as well as to village farmers with sustainable technology. In the words of Mahatma Gandhiji “The soul of India lives in villages and its farmers”. We need more and more sustainable, green technologies and innovations for enhancing their income and productivity. Green Gears works for those who work in acres.”

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The following are different innovations that Green Gears has designed for transforming a village into a sustainable Smart Village and to help the needy: Green Alternatives from Agro-Residues; A cost-effective desalination plant using a solar chimney; solar still; solar air heater with recycled aluminum cans for drying crops; Rain sensor capsule to save grains that dried out from sudden and unseasonal rains; Water carrying robot for remote village people; Sahaya Setu- Grocery and medicines carrying robots in Covid-19 and Multi-purpose prosthetic bore well system- an invincible arm to help children who get stuck in open borewell hole. We realized that there is an untapped market and dire need for the kind of green products we are trying to work on.  Now, we have a team with rich knowledge across the areas and driving with the core mission of creating a sustainable value chain with our process and intellectual property. As your main motive is to transform agro residue into marketing, how does it help farmers and also consumers? The main motto of our business idea is to transform agro residue, which were burning into marketing eco-friendly products for replacement of single usage plastics. We collect residue from farmers and empower the financial status of farmers with a right deal for residue. Also provide employment to farmer’s family by constructing manufacturing units in villages. Our products are not just cheaper than the existing products, they are also in the interests of public well-being, eco-friendly and sustainable products. Customers would love to try them as per our primary research and most of us are becoming more conscious about plastic substitutes these days. How is the transformation of sustainable development going on in our country and what are your key measures to bring awareness among people? In 2015 UN General Assembly set 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and are to be achieved by the year 2030. From the last three years, SDG Index reports of India saw significant improvement in the SDGs related to clean energy, urban development and health in 2020. However, there has been a major decline in the areas of industry, innovation and infrastructure as well as decent work and economic growth. Government should introduce these SDGs in all sectors and provide beneficiaries to those following these. From school level of education students should know about these 17 Goals and these should be introduced into books. We should focus on gender equality, quality education in schools. Should create awareness in the people around us with SDGs like good health and wellbeing, clean water and sanitation.  As Ganesh Chaturthi is a big example to get awareness among people so how do Green Gears contribute to it? In India, after the nine days of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival each and every Ganesh idol are immersed in water. Some of these idols are made from Plaster of Paris, which causes pollution in the water bodies after immersion. To create awareness among people towards going green during Ganesh Chaturthi, Green Gears came up with a new green product “Green Gears Ganesha” made from the Agro-Residues that were burnt by farmers and cause air pollution unknowingly. These eco-friendly Ganesh Idols while immersed in water do not have any side effects on the environment unlike the ones made from PoP. These are purely natural and get decomposed when buried. If the idols are kept in soil, it gets decomposed. Herbal plant seeds are added to this idol while moulding, which helps growing into a plant after it goes into nimarjan in soil. If this idol is immersed in water bodies it makes some algae and provides food for the aquatic animals. These are made with the love & labour of the farmers financially empower them and also support local handicrafts. Lastly, these idols can create an impact in the reduction of air, aqua, festival, plastic pollutions and also generate income for farmers during no crop period.