RSP turns Jagdishpur into model village
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 14:38
Rourkela: Life style of 131 families of Jagdishpur, a sleepy village under Kuanrmunda Block, about 28 km from here has changed with provision of income generation schemes and total infrastructural development.

The villagers will no more have to walk for miles to fetch water or venture in the open for toilet.

The tribal village has been adopted by Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) under model Steel Village scheme three years back which completed the task by making all round development and providing income generation schemes for the villagers.

RSP sources said it had taken up activities related to infrastructural development, improvement in health, education and increasing income generation activities.

The plant has constructed 1.6 km of road with three culverts in the village. Electricity, a basic necessity to enhance the quality of life was provided by bearing the total cost of installation, the sources said.

Besides, a total sanitation and water supply project was implemented as a result each family having toilet facilities and 24 hours tap water supply. Overhead tank with facilities of three water taps points in a house were provided free of cost.

Twenty families have been included in the wadi project, an initiative that helps small farmers in agriculture, horticulture and forestry products in small land holdings.

A total of 54 families have been given improved variety of chicks while two families have been provided with improved variety of goats, as to add to their family income, a senior official of the RSP said.

All the families were practicing improved agriculture under the RSP experts. A women research centre set up by the plant has been functioning in the village, where young girls of the village were learning the nuances of various income generation activities as well as health, hygiene and other self development activities.

A Self Help Group too has been operating under the patronage of the steel plant. Lok Vikas Sangathan, an organisation has been formed with opinion leaders of the village as its members. The Sangathan has been functioning as a facilitator for the proper implementation of all the developmental projects.

The involvement of the villagers in every stage right from the identification of beneficiaries to complete implementation of the project, has made the initiatives of RSP successful in this tiny village, that is now taking rapid strides on the path of progress, J C Mohapatra, head of the corporate communication of the RSP, said.


First Published: Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 14:38

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