Saurav Kumar Ghosh

Ashoka Fellow
New Delhi, DL, India, South Asia
Fellow Since 2016


This profile was prepared when Saurav Kumar Ghosh was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2016.
The New Idea
Saurav realized that unless the Panchayat runs like an office with support staff , it is not practically possible for elected Panchayat leaders to be aware of all government schemes, do the paperwork required access money for works and village development. Since there was no provision to create an office and add to Govt exchequer, they took the route of creating Panchayat entrepreneurs who can support them to fully utilize opportunities made available by the government simultaneously creating wealth for themselves and the Panchayat.

Saurav is building this strong cadre of ‘Panchayat Development Entrepreneurs” who collate village needs and support Panchayat leaders to document proposal access schemes, and implement them. He believes only local youth leading these initiatives can ensure their continuity as any external organisation cant be there for eternity . With inbuilt margin model in any Govt scheme through the defined process of auction and contracts, these local entrepreneurs strengthen village infrastructure.

Saurav realised that Panchayat is the hidden entrepreneurial hub which has the powers and resources to create enabling infrastructure to boost rural enterprise; all it needed was right human resource to document the needs and present it to State. Through their work so far they have found that there are cadre in every village who look for ways to make village development sustainable at the same time earn sustainable income without migrating to the cities.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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