India Development Coalition of America (IDCA)in
collaboration with International School of Informatics & Management and
Rotary Club Jaipur today hosted the ‘9th North India Regional
Conference on Innovative Practices to Mitigating Poverty and Climate Change in
India’. Mr. Dhiraj Kumar, Commissioner of Rajasthan Foundation; Mr. Arvind
Thanvi, Founder and Chief Mentor – Mohini Foundation; Dr. Mohan Jain, Trustee &
Founder President IDCA were the key speaker at the conference.
Mr Dhiraj Kumar highlighted the commitment of the
Rajasthan government in promoting clean energy for combating climate change and
its effects. ” I am proud to say that Rajasthan a leader in renewable energy
among Indian states and under the leadership of Shri Ashok Gehlot, Hon’ble
Chief Minister of Rajasthan, we are aiming for 37.5 GW of renewable energy
generation by 2022” he said.
“Shri Ashok Gehlot, Hon’ble Chief Minister of
Rajasthan has announced implementation of rooftop solar systems on a
large scale in the state to promote renewable energy and every district
headquarter and identified urban areas will be developed as ‘green energy
city’” he added.
Mr. Dhiraj Kumar while elaborating on the relation
between climate change and poverty stated that the consequences of climate
change hit the most vulnerable more badly than others and according to the
World Bank it could force another 100 million people in extreme poverty across
the world. Events like flooding, severe storms, and drought leaves
millions of farmers most vulnerable to climate change in India.
Mr. Dhiraj Kumar further shared the seven
resolutions of the state government declared in the budget for mitigating the
poverty and serving society. He narrated these key focus areas which were
announce in the state budget by the government of Rajasthan – Nirogi Rajasthan,
Sampann Kisan, Mahila, Bal aur Vriddh Kalyan, Saksham Mazdoor, Chhatra, Yuva
Javan, Shiksha ka Paridhan, Pani- Bijili aur Sadkon ka Maan and Kaushal and
“That future generations are able to live healthy,
meaningful lives is the Government’s highest priority” he said.
He urged to students to work together with older
generationsfor the change that is needed. “If you have a
social enterprise idea, you can start with iStart,” said the Commissioner
Rajasthan Foundation. iStart, Rajasthan is the integrated startup platform
of Government of Rajasthan which helps aspiring entrepreneurs..
A budget announcement for extending iStart to premiere
education institutions like BITS Pilani, MNIT and IIT Jodhpur would further
strengthen India’s largest government-run incubation network. The initiative to
promote startups is also promising of social transformation through social
The conference also had a key note address delivered by
Mr. Arvind Thanvi and Dr. Mohan Jain who exemplified on various initiatives to
improve upon education processes in government schools initiated from Rajasthan
in the year 2012 and is now present in more than 1800 schools across four
states and countries.