Vivek Singh Grewal

Placed at:   West Singhbhum, Jharkhand185 Pankaj Jiwrajka

Education: B.Tech in Bioengineering and M. Tech in Biomedical Technology (Integrated Dual Degree) from Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

Prior work experience:

  • No prior work experience

One key work during fellowship

The forest-dwelling lac cultivators of the Bandgaon region were unable to get remunerative prices due to cartelisation by local traders.

What was done:

  •  Mobilisation of the lac cultivators and breaking the Mafia-like control of Bandgaon Haat with the help of District Administration
  •  Ensuring Systemic Transparency in the Village Haat Committee
  •  Value Chain Analysis of lac in the region and beyond
  •  Exposure trip and linkage of Haat Committee to the large and relatively open market of Balrampur, West Bengal
  •  Steps towards processing stick lac into seed lac in SHGs and formation of Lac Producers’ group


  •  Haat Committee is in constant contact with larger markets which pay about 20% more.
  •  The local traders themselves start giving remunerative prices in competition with the haat committee