Rathod (38) has studied only up to 5th class. His ancestors
have migrated from Rajasthan and settled down in the
northern district of Andhra Pradesh. He owns four acres of
land and grows cotton. Once he has sown paddy. Due to lack
water, it has dried up. He doesn’t own Electric or Diesel
pump. He couldn’t afford one. He bought an old bicycle and
attached it to motor with a number of belts and pulleys.
Once the cycle is pedaled, the pump stated working and the
water was pumped into the fields. In a remote location where
there is no power, this idea is a great sustainable device
for irrigating fields. The Innovator was honoured by
President of India in 2003 for his outstanding innovation
which helped his tribal community.