Rajasthan state is full of wonders and surprises. In spite of a desert state, the people of Rajasthan are rich in their hearts. They also work hard and live life on their own terms. The nondescript Punchari village in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district is an example. The village generating an annual turnover of Rs 70 lakh with the production of clay griddles (Tawa). These griddles are in heavy demand not only in Rajasthan but also in the neighboring Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
According to a leading griddle maker in Punchari, the demand for clay griddles had soared among the “health-conscious” people residing in cities, who believed that the chapati’s nutrients were protected when cooked on an earthen plate.
About 35 households of Kumhars in Punchari produce 300 to 350 griddles of black clay every day in all seasons of the year, except during rains and the intense cold wave creating a frost. The earthy scent of black soil, procured mostly from the village’s pond, is maintained in the griddles even after they are baked.
IIT Delhi and Bharatpur based foundation will upgrade baking
The clay pottery was taken up in the village both as a traditional occupation and the only livelihood option before the community. But here comes the concern, about 25% of the clay griddles break during baking in furnaces. Hence the process expects technical upgradation of Kilns in which the earthen-wares are baked.
Bharatpur-based Lupin Foundation is working with RuTAG to find a solution to the issue. IIT Delhi's Rural Technology Action Group (RuTAG) will join hands with the foundation to provide technical assistance to the members of the Kumhar community, comprising traditional potters, for upgrading their kilns to bake more griddles with the lesser quantity of mustard stubble used as fuel.
It will be a great initiative for this village and for the Kumhar community. They will be able to generate more turnover after the upgradation of kilns
Source: The Hindu