ORISSA DEVELOPMENT ACTION FORUM (ODAF)
SANDESH NEWS LETTER
JANUARY-JUNE 2006
Editorial

In memory of Mr. Trushari Kanti Ghosh & Dr. Prasanna Kumari

Obituary to Mr. Tushari Kanti Ghosh

Mr. Tushari Kanti Ghosh, who was fondly called as “Ghosh Dada” by the ODAF family members and others passed away at his residence in Kolkatta on 28th April,2006 due to massive cardiac arrest. He was seventy two. He is survived by his wife Mrs.Reba Ghosh, a son, a daughter and his grand children. He was born in a traditional Bengali family in .............................

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Obituary to Dr. Prasanna Kumari

Very few persons are there who understand the tears of the poorest of the poor, and their number is too less who work to bring cheers to them. Dr. Prasanna Kumari Samuel is one among these minority- a good friend and advocate of the persons in distress. She was born on 4th January 1950 and took her last breath on 16th March’ 2006. She was an .............................

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Current Scenario of National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) in Orissa

The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) marks a paradigm shift from all earlier and existing wage employment Programmes because it is an Act and not just a scheme. It is considered as one of the progressive and historic legislation in post independence India. It is not only a people’s act, but it also address itself chiefly to the .............................

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Orissa Resettlement & Rehabilitation Policy 2006: A Deceptive Document

In a panicky reaction to the 2nd January incidence of Kalinga Nagar, the Government of Orissa constituted a Group of Ministers (GoM) committee to consult various stake holders and suggest a Resettlement & Rehabilitation Policy for the State. The GoM very recently submitted its recommendations basing on which the State Government has .............................

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Role of Sacred Groves in Conserving Bio-Diversity

Human culture has evolved around different elements of nature. From the very early days people depended on nature for their livelihood and in turn expressed their reverence in terms of worshipping nature in all its manifestations. The institution of Sacred Grove is the best example of this phenomenon. Sacred groves are patches of .............................

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Myth of the Poverty Line

The Indian State must ensure that every citizen not only gets at least two wholesome meals a day but also all the basic amenities required to lead a life with dignity. The idea of defining poverty in terms of a poverty line was first proposed during the Indian Labour Conference in 1957. A working group under the Planning Commission then .............................

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Ghenua Gond started living with dignity- A Case Study

Ghenua Gond of Sankumari Adivasi colony (Hamlet) under Chikalpadar GP of Umorekote block belongs to Gond Adivasi community. From childhood he had been engaged as contract labour at Bengali-settlers’ villages to meet the survival need of his family, but was unable meet the same. For about 30 years, his family continued to be in .............................

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Workshop on Present and Future Role of Civil Society for Justice and Sustainable Development of the Indigenous Communities

A two-days workshop on “Present and Future Role of Civil Society for Justice and sustainable Development of the Indigenous Communities” was organised by ODAF on 3rd & 4th February 2006 at Hotel Marrion and Governor House, Bhubaneswar. The objective of the workshop was to review the present context in Orissa with special .............................

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Supreme Court Permits Regularization of Encroachments In Forest Areas of Orissa

The apex court on 11th July 2005 permitted the State Government to regularize pre-25th October 1980 encroachments into the forest areas, subject to the following conditions under the overall supervision of the Regional Chief Conservator of Forest, Bhubaneswar, subject to clearance, if any, given by the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MOEF) .............................

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ODAF in National Campaign on " Drive Against Bribe Using Right to Information Act"

A massive nation wide awareness-cum-assistance campaign program called the “Drive against Bribe using Right to Information” commenced from 1st July 2006 to 15th July 2006 in forty eight cities of the country. In Orissa, Bhubaneswar was chosen as the place for this campaign program. A group of NGOs such as CYSD, OJA, ODAF, OLS, Red Cross, .............................

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Use RTI and Get Your Work Done- A Success Story

After returning from the camp organised in Bhubaneswar on ‘National campaign against Bribe using of Right to Information’ Mr. Dhaneswar Patra of Seva Bharati tried to experiment the use of RTI in his own area. He along with the members of ‘Jalaitamu Mahasangha’- the people’s network there, approached the BDO of Tumudibandha block .............................

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FCFC National Meet & Eastern Regional CFC Meet

A forum of 18 networks working throughout India called as Forum of Collective Forms of Cooperation (FCFC) had its National Meet from 16th to 19th of December 2005 in Hotel Breeze, Chennai. As members of FCFC, ODAF and SPAR co-hosted the meet. Representatives from 18 CFC partners attended the meet and discussed on national and .............................

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Atrocity on Adivasis in Sponge Iron Areas in Sundergarh: A Report by ODAF's Fact Finding Team

In a blatant move the police arrested 119 people that included nearly 31 women and about 20 minors on 24th March 2006 when nearly 5000 people from about 10 Panchayats of Kuanmunda block of Sundergarh district gathered in front of Nepaz Adhunik Metalics ltd and other four Sponge Iron factories in a peaceful demonstration to press .............................

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ODAF Bi-annual Meet

The Bi-Annual Meeting (the platform for the member NGOs to share their report and deal with all other matters) of Orissa Development Action Forum (ODAF) was organised from 2nd February to 5th February 2005 at Hotel Grand Central in Bhubaneswar. The Chairman of ODAF, Dr. K. Rajratnam, Adviser Dr. Badal Senguapta, the Team Leaders, and Staffs from Member NGOs and Secretariat were present in the .............................

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Sacred Grove Exhibition

Bi-Annual Meeting

Workshop on Present and Future Role of Civil Society for Justice and Sustainable Development of the Indigenous Communities

Workshop on Present and Future Role of Civil Society for Justice and Sustainable Development of the Indigenous Communities