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Teenager on course to turn 'Vision 2020' into reality
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Dec '09
Mr Ashish Khatri
Mr Ashish Khatri
Mann Society a not-for-profit, non-governmental and non-religious voluntary organisation, is the brain child of a young man; Ashish Khatri who is still in his teens. It owes its origins to the dream once seen by some like minded intellectuals, educationists, doctors, engineer's and socially active youth, who firmly believe that India cannot be transformed into a developed country until a sustainable holistic transformation of its environment and rural sector doesn't take place.

Mann Society is headquartered in Udaipur in the state of Rajasthan and works for the betterment of the people living in the rural and urban areas of the state. The mission of the Society is to translate 'Vision 2020' propagated by the former President of India, Dr Abdul J Kalam in to reality. The vision of Mann Society pertains to transforming India into a developed country by 2020 and at the same time save and protect the environment from the adverse impacts of global warming, plastic waste, marble slurry, greenhouse effects and save trees.

Amongst the main objectives of the Society are, promote use of banana tree fibres'for making eco-friendly and cost effective products, turning marble slurry into a useful product for mankind, support the farmer in agricultural activities leading to economic growth and modernization, generate awareness among people through camps about global warming, promote environment related issues like rain water harvesting, alternative energy resources and pollution and above all create employment opportunities for the young generation and the physically handicapped.

Young Ashish Khatri is credited with truly proving that waste material of banana tree can be a source of livelihood for the poor, rural and tribal population of the country and has the potential to generate employment opportunities along with becoming a source of livelihood for the rural and urban youth of India. He has devised a machine which can peel the waste banana stems, turn them into fibres to be turned further in to handicraft products like mats, paper, ropes, fabric, which is wearable and light in weight and many other products. In the medical industry it can be used for treatment of kidney stones and for animal sterilization.

He is also a recipient of a number of awards and prizes among which he is the recipient of an honour of being named “Junior Scientist of Rajasthan', by none other than the former President, Dr Kalam. He was also honoured by the Government of Rajasthan on Republic day in 2006. He has secured the first position in the India International Rural Cultural Festival in the “Field of Science” held by Ministry of Youth, India and has also bagged the first position in an exhibition organised by the Department of Science and Technology in 2006.

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