Daily Archives: July 21, 2012

Villagers tap self-help spirit for water supply to homes

People of Sambalpur’s Kusamura village have ensured that their homes have round-the-clock water supply. One to two members from each family rendered “shramdan” for over a month. They all dug up a trench for laying of water pipes from a spring, 4 km from the village. Their effort has not only ensured them water for household use but also to irrigate 60 acres of land around the village.

While a local NGO has provided them technical help, Jamshedji Tata Trust (JTT), Mumbai has helped them with finances. “We provided pipes and technical expertise to people. But it is the efforts of the villagers that made the project possible.

Now they would get constant supply of water as it does not require electricity nor machine to pump the water in this project”, said president of the NGO Pradeep Behera said.

He said the trust provided financial support to the project under diversion based irrigation (DBI). Project consultant Sanjay Kumar Ray said the project was possible because of the geographical condition of the village.

“Since the village is located deep inside the forest and has a spring 4 km away, we decided to use the spring water as the source of the project. The location of the source at a height of nearly 20 ft from the village has helped the project”, Ray said.

The water project has unified the villagers. “We have our own differences. But we are now united because of the project. We feel jubilant and energetic working in the project,” said ward member Sarojini Nayak.

State identifies 10 focused districts for NRLM projects

In an attempt to reduce poverty in rural areas through the National Rural Livelihood Mission project, the State Government has identified ten districts as focused districts.

According to Usha Padhee, Director of NRLM, Deogarh Rayagada, Malkangiri, Koraput, Sambalpur, Sundargarh, Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal and Mayurbhanj have been identified as focused districts for NRLM  activities.

Stating that all the districts have been asked to submit their action plans, she said guidelines for preparation of action plan has already been issued to them. It is expected that the process will boost successful  implementation of the project.

She said because of its missionary activities in the field of rural livelihood, Odisha has become a focused State of the National Livelihood Mission. Experiences of the State have been built into the NRLM policy, she said and added that Odisha is on fast-track in implementation of the NRLM programmes.

She said the Union Government has approved the Action Plan of Rs 240 crore prepared by the State Government for the 2012-13 financial year. For successful implementation of the NRLM, team members of the State Mission Management Unit have already been positioned. Meanwhile,  initiation and sensitisation workshop has been completed in all 30 districts. Training has also been completed in all the districts except Jagatsingpur which is scheduled to be organised on July 28, she said.

Padhee was speaking at the inaugural function of a two day workshop on challenges and opportunities in NRLM and MGNREGS here today.

Inagurating the workshop, Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik advised the district Collectors and DRDA Project Directors to identify cluster of activities in which people of a district have core competence and plan NRLM activities to promote sustainable livelihood.

Among others, Finance Secrertaray JK Mohapatra, Panchayati Raj Secretary PK Jena and Union RD Joint Secretary K Raju also spoke.

8 lakh Kendu leaf workers come under insurance cover

The State Government has decided to bring all Kendu leaf pluckers and binders under an insurance scheme in a bid to provide them social security. Around eight lakh workers would be benefited under the scheme.

An MoU was signed here on Friday between the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) and the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Kendu Leaf) for the purpose. The LIC would insure the eligible Kendu leaf pluckers and binding workers of the State who are working in 19 forest divisions.

To start with, 1,000 workers of the Anugul Forest Division were insured on Friday. Environment and Forest Minister Debi Prasad Mishra said the insurance process would be completed by the end of September covering all the kendu leaf pluckers of 19 Forest Divisions of the State.

The LIC would start the insurance processing from Bhubaneswar and Sambalpur.

The Divisional Forest Officers (Kendu Leaf) would act as nodal officers on behalf of the Government to provide insurance cover to the eligible members, ie, heads of families of pluckers and binders under a Jana Shree Bima Yojana. The age eligibility would be 18 to 59 years, and after attainment of 60 years the insurance cover would be terminated.

Under the scheme, in case of the normal death of the insured person, his or her family members would get Rs 30,000, and in case of death due to accident the amount would be Rs 75,000. A worker would get Rs 37,500 if he or she becomes partially handicapped in an accident.

In addition, at least two children of the worker covered under the insurance scheme and studying in Classes IX and X would get an educational allowance of Rs 100 per month.

Premium would be charged at Rs 200 per annum per person, out of which 50 per cent would be collected from the nodal officers and the rest 50 per cent would be available from Central Government fund.