Name : Shri Mansukhbhai Patel
District & State : Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Category : Agricultural (General)
Award : National
Award Function : 2nd National Grassroots Innovation Awards
Award Year : 2002
Price : Rs.5,50,000 and above (ex-factory price + packaging). The price does not include transportation costs, taxes, etc.
Delivery Period : 15 days, Innovator is offering free maintenance and repair service in Gujarat for one year.
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- Salient Features
Mansukhbhai (50 years), born in a farmer family started lending a helping hand to his father in various farm-related works, particularly related to farm machinery. He pursued studies up to high school. As a child, Mansukhbhai had great interest in mechanical and electrical appliances and he would tinker with these whenever he got an opportunity. This interest brought him in close touch with an electrician friend whom he assisted in his spare time.
In 1973, his uncle got him a job as a helper in a steel tube manufacturing company at Ahmedabad. He ran errands for the maintenance fitters and electricians for several months and gradually picked up the skills and knowledge. Eventually, he was appointed as an electrician. Further, his career progression was smooth albeit in different companies. His last job was as Deputy Electrical Engineer in Asarva Mills Limited.
Mansukhbhai resigned his job two years ago and started concentrating on business on full time basis. However, he has to avoid too much of running around due to his failing health. At present, his brother-in-law, his sons and nephews are managing the manufacturing activities as well as marketing of the machines. He has virtually retired from day-to-day management of the unit and confines himself to planning the long-term strategy for product-market development. He recalls that his wife did not approve of their sons abandoning their college studies to join him in his “crazy pursuit.” She would often quarrel with him and insist that a steady income was essential for running a home decently. She has stopped nagging for the past couple of years and has apparently come to terms with realities. She has apparently started deriving pride in her husband’s achievement. She makes it a point to ask her daughter-in-law to show the latest brochure of the machine when someone happens to enquire about the status of this “crazy pursuit”.