|Posted by BHARTI on September 18, 2013 at 6:25 AM||comments (235)|
Bharat Rural Livelihood Foundation
(A partnership between Government, Corporate India,Academics and Civil society)
Industry's displeasure with the new land acquisition process isn’t stopping the rural development ministry from reaching out to them for help to counter Naxal influence. Cabinet gave its approval toset up the Bharat Rural Livelihood Foundation-- a partnership betweengovernment, corporate India, academics and civil society.
This is the first major initiative of the government to seriously engage withcorporate India on Naxals. The foundation will work to reduce the gap betweenoutlays and outcomes, ensuring better implementation of government programmes,reduction in leakages from schemes and creating strong institutions ofgovernance at the grassroots. Despitethe strained economic situation, the Cabinet approved a government contributionof Rs 500 crore for the Foundation's corpus. In the first instance, Rs 200crore will be given and the remaining Rs 300 crore after two years. Among thecorporate bigwigs, the Tatas are understood to have signed on.
TheFoundation will focus, at least to begin with, on blocks with tribal populationacross 170 districts in the Central Indian tribal belt-- Odisha, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra.
"The Foundation is an essential pillar of our development strategy in Maoist--affected areas, as it is based on the premise that an effective flow of flagship government schemes is the key to rapidly upscaling the most effectiveand proven interventions of civil society organizations to tackle thedevelopment deficit in the region," rural development minister Jairam Ramesh said. For the companies, the government hopes the projects undertaken by the Foundation will give greater depth to their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts.Convergence with resources from government schemes will provide privateinvestments with greater leverage and richer partnerships with credible civil societyorganizations. Maoistor naxalite violence has become an endemic problem across the country, killingmore people each year than separatist terror. While large tracts of the hinterland remains under the control of naxals, severalcorporate groups have managed to do business in these places, some of them withthe help of goodwill earned by their CSR efforts and sometimes by payingprotection money.
The government is hoping that initiatives such as the Bharat Livelihood Foundation will help reach out to the country's Adivasi or tribal population, which has been mostly excluded from the benefits of growth and, asa result, are vulnerable to Maoist propaganda. "Among those who have most acutely felt the sense of exclusion and alienation are theAdivasis, who perform poorly on every indicator of well-being, whether it bepoverty, health or education," said Ramesh. "What is worse, given the specific demography of Adivasi India, the pockets ofAdivasis concentration have witnessed an unprecedented upsurge in Maoistmilitancy in recent years. This is especially true of what may be described asthe Central Indian Adivasi belt."
Officials say the experience of the past two decades shows that some of the best innovation in improving livelihoods in thetribal areas has come from the civil society and the foundation is an effort tosupport these grassroots initiatives to empower tribals. The foundation is expected to help local people have sustainable livelihoods, haveenhanced access to and control over resources, and provide new opportunitiesfor the youth. The government is also hoping that this initiative will helpbridge development and governance deficits in these areas and boost theefficacy of its various welfare schemes.
"The challenge is to transform systems of administration and levels of awareness at the grassroots to ensure that these well meaning pieces of legislation (Rightto information, Mahatma Gandhi NationalRural Employment Guarantee Act, and the proposed Food Security Act and MineralsAct) have the requisite impact on the ground," said Ramesh. The Bharat Livelihood Foundation's efforts will be geared to reducing the gap between outlays and outcomes, ensuring better implementation of government programmes, reduction in leakages from schemes and creating strong institutionsof governance at the grassroots.
|Posted by BHARTI on September 16, 2013 at 4:05 AM||comments (144)|
The Rajya Sabha today approved the much awaited new Companies Bill, making it mandatory for profit makingcompanies to spend on activities related to Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR). In case, a company is not doing so, it will have to explain the reasonsfor shortfall. The Bill was already passed by Lok Sabha in December last yearand now only President’s nod is required to make it a law.
The Bill, aimed at improving corporate governance, also contains provisions to strengthenregulations for corporates as well as auditing firms. Moving the bill forconsideration, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Corporate AffairsSachin Pilot said private companies, while maximising their growth, also haveresponsibility towards society besides equitable and sustainable growth of thecountry. The changes in the Bill include provisions making it mandatory forcompanies to spend 2% of their average net profit on CSR activities. However,only companies reporting Rs 5 crore or more profits in the last three yearshave to make the CSR spend.
Companies failing to meet the obligation willhave to explain and disclose reasons in their annual books of account.Otherwise, companies would face action, including penalty. Pilot emphasizedthat the Bill aims to encourage firms to undertake social welfare voluntarilyinstead of imposing that through “inspector raj”. Safeguarding workmen in thelegislation, the new law mandates payment of two years’ salary to employees incompanies which wind up operations. This liability would be overriding, Pilotsaid. The amended legislation, with 470 clauses, also limits the number ofcompanies an auditor can serve to 20. It has also brought in more clarity oncriminal liability of auditors. Besides, the approved amendments also includeannual ratification of appointment of auditors for five years and introductionof a new clause related to offence of falsely inducing banks for obtainingcredit. Besides, the changed law allows more statutory powers to thegovernment’s investigative arm Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) totackle corporate fraud.
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|Posted by BHARTI on July 19, 2013 at 3:40 PM||comments (7)|
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|Posted by spandan samaj seva samiti on July 17, 2013 at 3:00 AM||comments (177)|
Korku the lesser known and hunger vulnerable tribe of Madhay Pradesh, with whom we have been relating for more than a decade have been victims of alarming malnutrition , deaths and household hunger. this unsavory situation has emerged as Kokru in their settled phase of present living adopted crops and farming and food of other communites around them. Their divorce from tarditional crops like maize and sorghum and millets like small millets and Indian barnyard millets and attarction to cash crops like soybean , cotton and wheat has haeved more problems on them. The cash crops have failed in tendem and alraedy poor Korkus are forced to distress migrate. The sitaution has compounded in complexity. The malnutrition scenario has become chronic. The stance to address this has been more on public health lines : anganwadis, haelth care, nutrition rehab centers and so on. A serious thought has not been given that unless the Korku are asssited to revert back to tradiitonal crops and millets the community's nutrition backbone remain shattered and go onfrom bad to worst.
We initiated a porcess whwerin we have promoted te Kokru farmers to rethink and revert back to crops that wil regird the community nutrition base. We reminded them of their aboriiginal folk tale that recounts how tribal deity gifted those seven specific crops and millets to them and departing form them has been a havoc.
This year nearly 1000 farmers have reconsiderd and have taken back to growing of maize an sorghum ; small millets and paspalum scrobatum (Kodo). These will not only sustain their economic needs but have food for longer periods at home during the year. They have ran campaigns to muster as much tardiitonal seeds thay could and have set up a seed bank and have promoted many of their kinsmen to " see and believe'.
This has layered our other efforts at addressing malnutrition amomg Kokrutribe children.
We need individuals and agencies to support this cause for further extension... !!!!!
|Posted by BHARTI on April 24, 2013 at 7:40 AM||comments (0)|
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|Posted by BHARTI on April 24, 2013 at 7:20 AM||comments (48)|
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight international development goals that were officially established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000, following the adoption of the United Nations Millennium Declaration. All 193 United Nations member states and at least 23 international organizations have agreed to achieve these goals by the year 2015. The goals are:
How close and how far are we ? Your views invited...
|Posted by BHARTI on April 12, 2013 at 2:25 AM||comments (56)|