Lalita Balakrishnan

Lalita Balakrishnan

 

With more than 35 years experience in journalism and social service and as Honorary Vice-President and Chairperson of the Rural Energy Department of the All-India Women's Conference (AIWC), Mrs. Lalita Balakrishnan has been a pioneer in the environmental field and has spearheaded the country's woodstove programme which has been judged to be the best by the Government of India. Her efforts have resulted in: more than 3,000 rural women being trained in the construction and maintenance of improved woodstoves and their becoming self-employed and earning decent wages; a reduction in the amount of time spent on collecting fuelwood by three to six hours daily; the installation of 215,000 improved woodstoves in 3,000 villages in 22 states; a saving of 700-1000 kg of fuelwood per chulha per annum or a total of 200,000 tons in a decade or Rs.700 per household/year; the prevention of smoke-related diseases such as bronchitis, asthma and eye infections in a population of about one million (studies have shown that woodstove smoke inhaled by the average rural woman is equivalent to smoking five packs of cigarettes a day); the construction of more than 2000 bio-gas plants in rural areas using a network of 150 NGOs; the provision of clean cooking fuel under hygienic conditions and bio-fertilizers for more than 200 families. She is India's National Coordinator for the International Forum for Sustainable Energy and a Director on the Board of India's Renewable Energy Development Agency.

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