Indore : At least 50 people gathered at Jimmy McGilligan Centre for Sustainable Development and solar cooked dishes and food was prepared by them to launch the Jimmy memorial week in honour of James (Jimmy) McGilligan, OBE, at the centre in Sanawadiya on Saturday.
The inaugural day was dedicated to cooking on solar cookers, a subject dear to Jimmy in his life spent in promoting alternative sources of energy, according to Janak Palta McGilligan.
A delicious ensemble of 29 dishes was cooked in 21 solar cookers during the festival. People who have not yet started using solar cookers too turned up in large numbers to learn how to use it. The participants exchanged ideas on how to increase the use of solar cookers. The ease with which dishes were prepared without use of any fuel or close attention and the taste of food cooked over low temperatures, impressed everyone.
Kavita Patidar, chairperson of Indore jila panchayat and MLA Usha Thakur were the chief guests, who inaugurated week long “Jimmy McGilligan memorial programmes on sustainable development.
Patidar said she would take this solar technology to each village in Indore district with the guidance of Janak. Thakur loved the solar cooked food and said she would promote solar cooking technology to save the environment and health of people.
Also present were Ambrish Kela, Pawan Shrimal, Archana, Col Anurag Shukla, Prem Joshi, Anuradha Dubey, Rajendra Singh, Varun Raheja and Susmeeta Bhattacharya and many others. Janak stated that this was part of her effort to accomplish sustainable development goals at grassroot level. Mahendra Rawat, manufacturer gave information about solar cookers.
Smt Kavita Patidar, Chairperson Zila Panchayat Indore and Smt Usha Thakur also attended, appreciated the idea and enjoyed the food along with participants. They also promised all assistance in widening the reach of solar cooking.