Below are some comments on the concept by some eminent economists/ public policy thinkers.
"...I read your email note on importance of bicycle for rural productivity and growth. I am in agreement with your thrust. I congratulate you on this line of thinking."
-Dr. S. C. Jha, Member, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister.
"Nice idea..... I'll read the whole report."
-Mr. S. M. Krishna, Foriegn Minister, India and Former Chief Minister, Karnataka.
"Many thanks for your email and the report on the need for increase in bicycle density in rural India to alleviate poverty. I shall definitely tell this to my colleagues and discuss with them your report."
- Dr. Pinaki Chakraborty, Senior Fellow, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP)
"...As an idea to combat rural poverty this could be one of the weapons.....the hinterland still stays same, without road, without electricity, without communication. Your pet bicycle will play wonders there."
-Dr. P. R. Jena, Senior Economist, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP)
"Gaurav, Great idea!"
-Mr. Gurcharan Das, Noted Columnist and Chairman, Center for Civil Society
"I have shipped over one hundred and twenty two thousand bicycles to thirty developing world countries. I have seen first hand the dramatic impact. IF you can get twenty percent of the working age walking adults on to a bicycle there is a cumulative effect which exponentially lifts the Commerce ( economy) of a town."
-David Schweidenback, President, Pedals for Progress, An American NGO involved in providing used donated bicycles to developing countries.
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