SixFreedoms...2Economic...2.4Technological
2.4 Technological
In the pursuit of manufacturing clean, quality and useful products, the village must have knowledge about and access to the best of technologies that are applicable in their situation. All commercial and other activities in a village that may contain applications of science and technology must happen on par with the latest available across the globe. All village institutions must reflect this pursuit. Encouraging a culture of innovation and rewarding such innovations generally ensures this indirectly.
Relevance:         It is nice that city-dwelling citizens of India may adopt principles of khadi and swagrami ... and buy products made in village—though they may be of low quality—in order to help village producers. But this must not be taken for granted. Such special support is good for a kick-start, but eventually, the processes in the villages must become globally competitive. The products should soon develop and become of such quality that a ‘demand’ for these manufactured products emerges. This is only possible if there is continuous innovation, if the best practices are adapted and if the best technologies around the world are absorbed in the village processes. In the internet age, with fast communication capabilities, this is definitely not a difficult thing to achieve. There are numerous agencies working in that direction, and village teams should go to them for these new technologies. The village must strive continuously to produce quality goods and improve upon what they have.
Detailed Rationale:         The nation has adopted a free market economy. In such a system, it is not appropriate for villages ... to remain attached to old technologies (unless there are very valid reasons). If a new technology gives better holistic results, then it must be adopted. For example, organic farming technologies are of far more value than chemicals-based farming. The former is holistic while the latter gives a short spell of success and is damaging in the long run.

It is important that what is ‘best’ must be pursued. In areas of food processing and manufacturing, the best technologies will give the village and its produce a competitive edge in the market. The adoption of new, clean and efficient technologies also indicates that a village is focused on progress and that it is alive to innovation.

A very important advantage of the use of better technology is that it saves time and effort. As a nation becomes free, it must apply its energies to the higher things in life and not merely spend its man hours on survival. The village must be able to encourage art, education, culture, literature, etc., which are indices of high thinking and dwelling in actualization. If too much time and effort of the people of a village is taken up for mere survival, then it leaves lesser time for the finer things in life. Therefore, technology is important; eventually, as new technology leads to improvement, the village will start patronizing village sports teams, cultural teams, educationists, artists, etc. With the work of efficient administrators and wise leaders, society will change. The roles of people will be less focused on economic activities aimed at survival; there will be a culture of sufficiency, and a lot of time will be spent in pursuing these higher things in life. For example, if ten-year-olds and twelve-year-olds are being made to work so that their families can survive, then with improved technology, their work will not be required to help a family survive. They can then be sent for education while the parents can do all the work needed for the family’s survival. This will bring greater success to the ‘family’ as an institution.

It is evident that technology must be pursued by villages at all cost. However, to begin with, this quest can be compromised in pursuit of the principles of khadi and swagrami till self-reliance starts kicking in.
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Pursuit of this technology would include the gaining of knowledge about agriculture, animal husbandry, fisheries, forestry, etc.; the latest in each field must be made available to the people of the village. Such new technologies may also need new skills, so arrangements must be made to ensure that such skills are learned quickly.

It should be the responsibility of the village to remain alert for all such possibilities and to be willing to experiment on such new initiatives regardless of whether the offers come from the industry CSR, NGOs or the government.

Each village should have a culture of encouraging and absorbing innovation and must develop well-established procedures for strategic adoption of new technology. When some people take the risk to try out something new, this should be supported by the village community as a matter of policy. This can be in terms of financial help or by giving volunteers.

However, despite all the good which technology promises, the spirit of freedom must always ensure that people are always first. Technology is next. One must not only show keenness to be updated but also show sufficient prudence to keep people and the environment at a higher pedestal than economics and technology. The initial phase of development may require low technology and human intensive industry, but the villages must rise quickly to high technology after universal employment goals are successfully achieved.

SOME RELEVANT/SIMILAR INSPIRATIONAL STORIES
Dharnai:
Dharnai, near Bodhgaya, Bihar; has achieved 100% electrification through solar energy
Mori:
Mori, East Godavari District, to be declared a Digital village soon. They have Wifi Internet connectivity
Odanturai:
Odanthurai, Mettupalayam, Coimbatore, Rural electrification, including distribution of electricity. Set up a wind mill and based on its income it has affected transformation of the village. They have an inspirational leader, R. Shanmugam, who is recognized as the trigger for the village's achievements.
Ramgarh:
Ramgarh, Jharkhand, Award Winning Village: Creatively developed overhead water tank with solar energy panel attached on top and powering a submissible pump… drinking water using free power
Ezhukone
Ezhukone and Veliyam, Kerala, Award winning villages, implemented a project for Aerobic Composting Units in Public Places for biodegradable waste, and promotion of Organic farming
Water ATMs
Keinou Village in Manipur is a Award Winning Village which has installed RO water plant and kiosk for pure drinking water. 10Rs for 20Liters

Kureswar, Nupada, Odissa; implementation of water ATMs 5Rs for 20Liters
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