Governance & Livelihood

Empowering People For Ensuring Livelihood Through Improved Governance in Twelve Panchayats of Norla & M.Rampur Block In Kalahandi District is started with the support of Concern Worldwide with the following objectives.

  • To enhance the livelihood opportunities of the poor people by providing Employment with effect and proper wage.
  • Creating productive asset and reducing disaster and migration through Protecting the environment.
  • Proper management of natural resources to get a sustainable benefit.
  • Fostering food security through proper implementation of PDS.
  • Fostering social equity by employing rural Women.
  • To initiate a people's oriented planning process by strengthening Functioning of PRIs and local leaders and Inclusion of eligible beneficiaries under different schemes.
  • Capacity Building of staffs as well as of the organization.

Major Achievements

  • For the first time in Kalahandi 267 families in Gigina and Muskuti Panchayat in Narla Block got unemployment allowance of Rs 25,550/-.
  • Effective participation of women in Palli Sabha and Grama Sabha.
  • Worksite facilities were provided Equal wage to both men and women.
  • The wage is just as declared by Govt.
  • Development institutions like Chetna Club,Labour Union.
  • Strengthening of VDCs Ensuring access of women in Panchayati Raj institution and Govt Welfare Schemes.
  • Increased bargaining power of Women's group to get qualitative service and supply.
  • Ensuring women's participation in Jati Sabha and discussion on development issues.
  • Improvement in Social Audit process facilitated.
  • Activating the traditional systems of Adivasis like Jati Sabha and ensuring women's access in it.
  • Inclusion of people's planning in Govt action Plan.
  • Availability of information on NREGA and work availability according to people's choice.
  • Informed persons on NREGS & specially on role of Panchayat & its functionaries.
  • Women bargain for equal wage in infrastructure development work.
  • Capacity building of Panchayat functionaries.
  • In last 2 financial years Muding and Mohangiri stood first in the district in NREGS implementation.

Land Developement Through MGNREGA

NREGA is a way towards getting legal assurance to provide 100 days employment to the jobseekers. In the absence of adequate work opportunities, the people had to migrate to other places in search of their livelihood. NREGA also providing an opportunity to the local self governance and rural mass through which they can develop their own infrastructure, pursue to work on land development, plantation etc. By taking this advantage we have taken adequate strategy through which more job opportunities created at grass root level as a result .The migration has gradually reduced and resource base infrastructure is being developed in the local level.

During this period, 5625 no's of households demanded for jobs out of which 4951 have got their jobs, in addition to it 268 persons newly register their names. Immensely in this financial year 102 no's of farm pond, 32 no's of tanks and 56 no's of connectivity have been accomplished. Following to this one plantation activity has been carried out. For effective facilitation of the act at grass root level 145 and 13 no's of labour committees have been formed in respectively Village and GP level. 12 no of chetana club also formed. Apart from this, soil conservation measures has been taken in Barabandha GP, 30 no's of loose boulders/ check dams constructed, 133.87 acres of land treated. Villagers of Talbora repaired the WHS for both fish and vegetable cultivation.

Ironically, for the first time a labour case filled by Chitalpata villages of Muding GP in related to delay of payment. Through use of RTI 27 applications filled to check the corruption level in regular developmental work.

Focusing to NRM based NREGA training program was conducted at both grass root and block level, PRIs, CBOs and labours were sensitized. Committees were formed to initiating the process of landscaping planning process. Through exposure program the committee members were able to visit to different sites of Balangir district, they learnt about the planning process.

The places they go are

Mumbai-4, Rajkot-24, Secunderabad, Hydrabad, Nagpur, Raiur (12), Goa (9), Kerla (7), Within Orissa (Jharsuguda,Sambalpur)(50), To Dubai(1)

Generally, these people are poorer in their village and belong to low socio economic status groups.

  • Migration is predominately short distance and they prefer to work within State .
  • The workers have no social security, compensation to injuries, access to drinking water, and health care.
  • They said food costs more for migrant workers who are not able to obtain temporary ration cards.
  • They are victims of constant verbal abuse, working without any grievance redressal mechanism.
  • The working hours are more very often from sunrise to sunset.
  • Mostly migrants, live with inadequate water and bad drainage in open spaces or make shift shelters.
  • Among the many problems that migrant workers and their family shared, a crucial one is the limited scope to save their earnings, which are temporary in nature. When workers do not have any work, they have to return to their homes. They cannot address emergency situations. This creates further indebtedness and migration, and the vicious circle continues.
  • Since there is no support system available, the bargaining power of the migrant workers is negligible and they are compelled to work at low wages.