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Government schemes help Kovalu village become self sustainable


Ranchi, Jharkhand  | January  | 28, 2021 ::
*Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society (JSLPS)empowering women

* Government Schemes to focus on water, land & environment conservation ============================
Kovalu, a village of Jharkhand’s Ormanjhi block in Ranchi is becoming a self-reliant village. For long, people of this village were forced to migrate for livelihood. People used to go to work at nearby chimneys/crushers as daily wage labourers.

The state government was keen to make this village a ‘model village’ with the convergence of different schemes.
The relentless efforts of the state government is bearing fruits.
Eligible people are connected with MGNREGA.
The villagers are getting work in their own village and the female members of the families are also involved in earning through women self-help groups.

With the help of JSLPS, women are producing vegetable and making soaps.
The male members are working on water, land and environment conservation projects. Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society is helping female members of the village become self-dependent. Women in this village are being provided nutrient rich food under Didi Badi Yojna and training for making soap under brand ‘Palash’.

Mobin Khan, a JSLPS co-ordinator says, “We are working towards making them self-dependent. To ensure this, we connected them to a drip irrigation programme. Now they are able to produce 2-3 crops in a year. Under Didi Badi Yojna nutritious food is being ensured to all. The surplus green vegetables is being sold in the market. Members of the SHGs are also producing and selling Mushroom.”

“Soon, a soap making plant will be installed in the village. Members of SHG are being trained in soap manufacturing. It will be sold in the market under ‘Palash’, a brand initiated by Govt. of Jharkhand. This will make them financially sound. We thank the Govt of Jharkhand for this welfare initiative”, he added.

*Conserving water, land & environment with new schemes of the Government*

Kovalu village is rich with TCBs(Trench cum Bund), rainwater harvesting plant, water reservoirs & soak pits to maintain the water level in the village. Hundreds of mango saplings have been planted under Birsa Harit Gram Yojna. A Gram Rojgar Sewak, Chittaranjan Mahto says, “Through different schemes of MGNREGA many rainwater harvesting projects have been build across the village. Many TCBs, Soak Pits have also been formed to control the flow of wastewater. Hundreds of mango saplings have been planted across the village. In future, Mango farming will make villagers self-dependent. Its sloping terrain  will also help control the soil erosion.”

A villager Sheela says, “During CORONA time we never went outside our village for earning because of MGNREGA. Now we are taking care of our family and earning as well. We are all happy. I want to thank the government for providing us with work in our own village.”

*Wall of Transparency*

Deputy Commissioner of Ranchi Mr Chhavi Ranjan says that the government is working on an action plan to curb migration from state and ensure earning for the people at their home. Kovalu village is a great example of self-reliance. People of this village have witnessed a paradigm shift in their life. By covering every possible beneficiary and convergence of different schemes, this village is one of the most progressive villages of the District.

He adds, “to ensure transparency in the implementation of the scheme, a wall of transparency have been built there. On the wall of transparency, one can find all the details related to the schemes. Apart from this a complete estimate cost detail incurred in the implementation of the scheme is also painted on the wall.

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