Name : Maibam Deben Singh
District & State : Bishenpur, Manipur
Category : Utility
Award : National
Award Function : 9th National Grassroots Innovation Awards
Award Year : 2017
M Deben Singh (65) is a fabricator and an innovator who has designed and developed a cooking cum drying stove, in accordance with the food preference of people in Manipur where dried fish, meat and vegetables are also consumed and much liked.
Deben Singh is the eldest of twelve siblings. His father was government jeep driver while his mother was a housewife. As a child he had a lot of interest in making toys and models of aeroplanes. He was quite athletic as well and actively participated in various sports events like football, volleyball etc. Since he had a large family, his parents could not support all of the siblings properly, finance was a big concern for them. As a result, he could study till class seven only. Initially he started his career as a jeep driver, like his father but due to frequent long distance travel, he settled down as a blacksmith making biomass stoves, dryers and other household use items. He has been in this business for over thirty five years now. In his family he has his wife, his son, his wife and a grandchild.