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Odisha CSR Round Table

With globalization and economic liberalization in 1990s, and partial withdrawal of controls and licensing systems there was a boom in the economic growth of the country. This led to the increased momentum in industrial growth, making it possible for the companies to contribute more towards social responsibility. What started as charity is now understood and accepted as responsibility. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has highlighted “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is the continuing commitment by business to behave ethically and contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of the local community and society at large”

Section 135 of the Companies Act 2013 has given legal weighting and direction to CSR activities in India, by creating an opportunity for collaboration between the corporate houses, civil society organisations and the Government.

Odisha was among the first states of India to have published a CSR White paper in India. The eco- system is being enabled for companies to invest in and report on social activities. It has been mandatory for large companies to report on CSR projects undertaken and to disclose details including spending on these projects in their annual report.  Since CSR is often termed as the third wave of development in India and is expected to have strong impact on the development of Odisha, it is deemed necessary to give attention to CSR and its upshots for the people of the state.

Inter-Agency Round-table on CSR

In the above context, the proposed Inter-Agency Round-table on CSR is expected to provide a platform to be informed, converse, debate and facilitate the complementary and aligned roles of these three constituencies i.e Government, corporate sector and civil society organisations.

Objectives:

 The main objectives of the Inter-Agency Round table on CSR are thus:

  • Creating a platform for collective informed reflection and action for effective implementation of CSR agenda;
  • Building alliances between corporate entities, Civil Society Organisations and the Government for learning, sharing best practices and innovations;

This Roundtable is intended to bring together the stakeholders to buttress CSR for the last mile development of the state and cross fertilize the learning’s for the greater good of the people.

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Success Stories

Case study of Deepa Behera

Name:- Smt. Deepa Behera

Village:- Jhadabalaskumpa

G.P.-Dutimendi

Block-Khajuripada

Twenty four years old Deepa Behera wife of Chandrakant Behera (Unemployed), Village-Jhadabalaskumpa she is a house wife(Lactating Mother). She leave happy with her husband one daughter,one baby (son), Grand Father, Mother and one Brother-in-law . She attended and participated in many trainings, programs of cysd and watch film show which was organized by cysd in time to time. From these programmes she gathered many need full information’s regarding ANC,PNC and Nutrition balanced diet rest etc. When she came to know conceive she went near AWC and conform there, registered her name and she has been taken T.T. one and attend the VHND. After one month she has been taken T.T-2 and received THR ,IFA tablet and taken properly .Her family members also support him for ANC care, Just like Balanced diet ,Rest and Medical check-up .She attended VHND every month and completed -4 ANC (CHC-Khajuripada)in according to Dr. counseling she also taken care of himself. In this time on dated- 16/04/15 morning she felled pain in her lower abdominal .They contact with ASHA and called -102 vehicle and with the help of ASHA she joined at Khajuripada CHC. There Dr. and health team support him and after some time she burned a healthy baby son (3KG. 300Gm) normally and she stay one day there in CHC. at that time she received all JSSK facilities there and the medical staff support him also. After one day she discharged from CHC and return through -102 vehicle to her house. Received JSY-1400 and MAMATA yojana -1500 first installment because this is her second issue. Now Deepa  and their family member proud of because Deepa received all these facilities without paying any bribe or money to any one of the medical staffs so she fill very happy. These are only possible for CYSDs counseling and   program me She told us and our staff.

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Light at the End of the Tunnel!

Kumari Runu Nayak (20), single and orphan, currently sheltered at her uncle’s makeshift house at DNT colony in Ganjam block, lost everything during the cyclone Phailin. “Local Sarpanch and the school teachers intimated us about the severity of the approaching cyclone” – shared Runu. However, like many in her village, she too did not pay heed to the hint since people from costal belt of Odisha are quite accustomed to these “October disasters” (mostly in the form of cyclone). “It was 1 a.m. that night, I could realize the mistake we did, ignoring the alert given by the Sarpanch” Runu continued with an intimidated voice. “It was not a fleeting storm with an average speed. It was bigger and frightening.” Many of the villagers like Runu were relocated to the nearest school building during the catastrophe. “In haste, I could not even bring any of the essentials like clothing, food and water. All of us were gathered in one corner of the school building, – anxious, threatened and praying for the cyclone to be subdued”, Runu was articulating like she could see another storm cloud looming on the horizon.

A need assessment survey was conducted by CYSD-Plan one month after the PhillinRunu, like many of the villagers, was provided with repair and reconstruction support (GCI sheets, wooden pole, RCC pillar, J hooks, nuts, bolts and nails) by CYSD-Plan. “Soon after getting the building materials by CYSD my uncle’s house was repaired and my own house was fully reconstructed”, – finally a glittering smile shed the tremors of devastation from her face.

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Light of Uchantanagar

Binapani Naik, 30, is a resident of Uchatangar in Keonjhar district. She belongs to the Santali community and got married immediately after her matriculation. Initially, Binapani used to attend various training programme organized by CYSD-Plan in her village. However, with time she chose to specialize on health issues and started attending training and orientation programmes on health thoroughly. Soon she was selected as a Community Development Worker in her village. Binapani’s popularity gradually started rising due to her unconditional drive to save the ones in need.

She had gone extra miles to assist 500 critical cases to be referred to health institution and 18 critical pregnant women to give birth to healthy babies. “Every day after my household chores, I visit the families in my village and ensure timely assistance to them.” Having realized the importance of birth registration, Binapani motivated the mothers and processed 15 birth registrations in Karanjia Municipality from Uchantanagar village during 2010-11. She has been burning the candles at both the end to convince people from her village to register the birth of the newborns, go for institutional delivery and to complete immunization course. Today, 119 mothers from her community have adopted safe delivery methods and institutional delivery. All the children of her adopted five villages are fully immunized.

“Capacity building programmes organized by CYSD-Plan in the form of exposure visit to health institutions in KaranjiaBaripada and interaction with the doctors and other health professionals motivated me and sharpen my skills as a Community Development Worker (CDW)” acknowledged Binapani, the shimmering community leader of Uchatangar village.

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A boon for the landless

Agriculture has largely been subsistence type in the remote villages of Koraput which is one of the most backward districts of the state. The condition of landless households is even worse as they work as agriculture labourers. In such a scenario, making agriculture remunerative and also addressing the nutritional requirements of the households is a challenge. Daimati Durua, a resident of Kenduguda village of Kerimity Gram Panchayat of Kundura Block, Koraput district took up the cultivation of elephant foot yam during March 2015. This was being cultivated by her for the first time. She was really excited to take this up since it did not require land for cultivation and the investment cost was also very low. Only thing she needed was a gunny bag, soil, sand, organic manure and two hundred gram of seed amounting to forty rupees  worth of investment excluding labour cost which was contributed by her. She was guided by CYSD team members working in that area regarding the methodology to be followed. Yam cultivation in gunny bag has several advantages vis-à-vis it’s cultivation in land. The growth is better in gunny bag since it gets loose and free space. The chances of it getting rotten or spoilt due to rain are less since the water gets drained out easily. It is portable and can be lifted and kept at a suitable place if required. It gets the support from big trees over which it grows and there is no need to put extra support. The input required is less and nourishes the plant without getting diffused in a larger area as in the case of land. As a result of this innovative practice, Daimati Durua could harvest eight to fifteen kilograms of the tuber from each bag within a span of eight months valued at rupees forty per kilogram. She had taken up cultivation in four gunny bags. She plans to sell the yam and keep partly for consumption. In the pilot phase, seven women from three producer groups belonging to three villages of Kerimity gram panchayat had taken up the cultivation of elephant foot yam in ten gunny bags. The ripple effect of this initiative is that a total of two hundred and thirty women have shown interest to go for the cultivation of elephant foot yam in ten gunny bags each. As far as Daimati is concerned, she is eager to do it once again in the next season and at a larger scale. The initiative holds lot of hopes for the tribal women farmers, particularly those who are landless. It paves the way for their economic empowerment together with meeting their dietary requirements.

Some facts on Elephant Foot Yam……

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