CSR Loka Kalyan Parishad

CSR- Collaborative Programme with Damodhar Cement Works of ACC Ltd.

On the request of M/S ACC Ltd. LKP took up a Collaborative Programme for local area development around 7 Gram Sansads of Balitora Gram Panchayat under Snsnturi Block in Purulia Districts around the Damodhar Cement Works. The work started from Sept, 2012 after completing required formalities signing the agreement with partner organisation.

This is the challenging task since the people here are very poor; most of them are suffering from malnutrition, have limited education facilities and inadequate heaith services. Being close to the industrial belt of Asansole and Burnpur and also after coming up of Damodhar Cement Works, some people no doubt find some jobs there but that is far from adequate. As a result seasonal migration of agricultural labours to the districts like Bardhaman, Hoogly, Nadia etc. in search of job is an annual feature. Unfortunately the situation has been made more complicated with illegal mining which are rampant and establishment of small sponge iron factories which are often alleged to function without observing rules has created further health hazards to those who work in such mines and factories. Poverty and lack of education, health & employment opportunities coupled with illegal activities as alleged have made definite impact on the law and order situation and make the area through confined to a few villages only a better living place. LKP is proud to be a party to this initiative, whatever challengeing it is.

 

Main outputs:

  • Women from landless and agricultural / other labourer families of SC, ST, Minority and OBC are mobilized in Self Help Groups in phased manner and have gradually take up 3-4 socio-economic activities.
  • Women who were already members of SHGs (12 SHGs formed earlier are almost non-functional) have also been reoriented, activated and also engaged in 3-4 socio-economic activities.
  • Target women were organized in Groups /Sub. Cluster / Cluster and linked with Block level SHG Federation and are  empowered to manage their institutions efficiently to take up sustainable and profitable agriculture and natural resource based economic activities.
  • Concerned 5 Gram Unnayan Samitis are oriented, sensitized and engaged to provide responsive resource support to SHGs to access fallow and under-utilized natural resources (land, fallows, water bodies, roads/canal/river sides etc.)
  • Strategies addressing sustainable farm & Non-farm activities as per local condition & needs.

        Farming Livelihood activities:

  • Promotion and enhancement of food and nutritional security with particular focus on women & children through home/nutrition garden with vegetables, fruits & herbs etc.
  • Group initiated and controlled food production, utilising fallow lands including roadsides/ embankments and wastelands following Common Property resource Management technique
  • Support for innovation in cropping systems to suit rainfed, drought prone areas, plantations for fuel wood to ease the pressure on the forests for firewood by planting multipurpose trees to increase availability of fodder to increase the livestock of the area & to reduce drudgery of women and so on.
  • Introduction of cropping pattern & new crops to have varieties in the locality through out the year.
  • Integration of small animals, poultry, duccary, goats & ram etc. with the cropping system with the production of high yielding fodder to allow a quantum leap in numbers that the environment is able to support as animal husbandry is a traditional activity of the people of the area.

         Non-Farming Livelihood activities:

  • Production of Agarbati (insect repellant stick) , Bindi, Rakhi
  • Katha-stich to design Sari/ Kurta etc.
  • A combination of private- private, public-private partnership on land, water, live stock based NRM activities has been established through advocacy involving the SHGs through creating sustainable environment and linkage with GUS, GP and other level of PRIs including Non-Government Institutions.
  • Appropriate permanent assets have been created through land development, agro-forestry & fruit plantation, a-forestation on non-cultivable wastes etc. as planned by Groups.
  • Availing Gram Panchyat program support / Schemes & SHG activities, the employment opportunity has been raised in-situ (to reduce migration) apart from creation of permanent community & individual assets.

 

 

Scenario before 15th September, 2012

Scenario after 15th September,2013

1. Self Help Group

Almost all non-functional & defunct

All are functional, taken up 3-4 economical activities. 15 new groups have been formed & active with economical activities. Outside these 7 Gram Sansads, 27 more SHGs have been formed & 38 reactivated with LKP support.

2. Food habits

Rice – potato in regular manner, vegetables twice in a week during Hat (market) days.

Changed, taking vegetables regularly.

3. Skill Dev.

i) In Farming : Traditional
ii)In Non- Farming: Traditional & poor

i). Technological development through Transformation of traditional practices in scientific frame work
ii). In Non. Farming: Adopted new arenas i.e. Agarbati, Bindi/Rakhi making, Katha-stich.

4. New crops

Routine crops

 i). In Agri. /Horti. : Broccoli, Seeds of potato, mushroom, vermin-compost, use of botanical pesticides/ insecticides.
ii). In Birds rearing : Rhode Island Red poultry birds & Khaki Campbell ducks

5. Basic Sanitation & Hygiene

Poor & ignorant

Improved, maintain cleanliness etc.

6. Basic Health

Poor

Improved, participated in health camps, availing support services.

7. Basic Education

Poor & more Drop-outs

Improved, readmission of Drop-outs, availing distance education support for MadhyamiK Exam.

 

                                             Production so far availed by SHG Members

 

No of SHGs involved

No of members/SHG

Prodn. Availed per unit (Kgs)

Total Production availed (Kgs)

1. Vegetables from Kitchen Garden

 

 

 

 

October’12 – January’13

15

9

70

22050

April’13 to July’13

54

9

100

43200

August’13 to October’13

65

9

110

64350

2. Arhar

22

3

150

9900

3. Maize

28

3

130

10920

 

Expected results at the end of project period:

  • 60-70 % of the targeted families of five project villages of Balitora Gram Panchayat have taken up 3-4 activities and reduce their food & nutrition insecurity and reduce the dependency on external supports.
  • 70-75 % Women members of 12 old SHGs in the 5 Gram Sansads in Balitora Gram Panchayat activated and have taken up 3-4 activities and reduce their food & nutrition insecurity and dependency on external supports.
  • 70-75 % Target women organized in Groups/Sub cluster/ cluster and linked with Block Level. SHG Federations are empowered to manage their intuitions efficiently to take up sustainable and profitable agriculture and natural resource based & non-farm economic activities.
  • Concerned 3 out of 5 Gram Unnayan Samities are oriented, sensitized & engaged to provide responsive resource support to SHGs to access fallow & under utilized natural resources (land, water bodies, roads/canal/river sides etc.)
  •  A combination of private-private, public-private partnership on land, water, live stock based NRM activities established through advocacy involving 20-30% SHGs through creating enabling environment  & linkage with GUS, GP & other level of PRIs including Non-Government Institutions.
  • Means of verification.
  • Appropriate permanent assets created through land development, construction of water harvesting structures/ reservoirs, agro-forestry, fruit plantation, a-forestation on non-cultivable wastes etc. as planned by Groups are incorporated in GP Plan, linked & finance under MGNREGS program of concerned Balitora GP which is activated through appropriate advocacy, orientation etc. knowledge support.
  • Individual Benefit Schemes (IBS) under MGNREGS / BRGF etc. program to generate adequate employment opportunity in-situ (to reduce migration) apart from   creation of permanent community & individual assets to the tune of Rs.10.000 per   family.