Volume - 8


January - June 2007


The NREGA is the first step towards realising the right to work, which is included in the Constitution as one of the Directive Principles of State Policy. It says, "The State shall in particular direct its policy towards securing ... that the citizens, men and women equally have the right to an adequate means of livelihood." The NREGA essentially addresses urgent and immediate issues of hunger and deprivation by providing a social safety net for every poor rural household......../p> Full Story www.odaf.in/sandesh/editorialjan-june07.htm

Adivasi Women Turn Turmeric Traders

In this small sleepy Orissa village with a population of barely 400 Adivasis, where there is no electricity and harsh conditions prevail, there is something remarkable about the women. Their level of awareness, their attitude and their personality have undergone a dramatic change in the last few years.......

Full Story www.odaf.in/sandesh/Awttt.htm h6>Has NREGA reduced poverty in Orissa villages?

India is conceived as a welfare state by the Constitution makers. From early days of independence plethora of welfare schemes have been launched by the central and state governments to attack the prevailing widespread poverty particularly in the rural areas where the percentage of poor people living is higher than the urban areas. A lot of wage employment schemes have been in place to provide unskilled labour to the villagers.......

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Sacred Grove Campaign launched in Orissa

In order to create awareness among the people especially the Adivasis on the importance of sacred grove in protecting the bio-diversity and to facilitate for documentation of prevailing local practices of protecting the sacred groves a campaign cum exhibition on Sacred Grove was launched jointly by Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrhalaya, Bhopal (IGRMS) and Orissa Development Action Forum (ODAF) with its inauguration at ACM campus in Rangamatia, Mayurbhanj.......

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Tribal Healers’ Camp

In view of growing demand and importance of Adivasi medicines and developing a space for recognizing the services of tribal healers attempts are being made to organize tribal healer’s festival in different states by IGRMS, Bhopal. These camps are organised to create awareness about the ethno-medicines, Peoples Bio Diversity Register, facilitate for sharing the traditional knowledge system among the people. In February 2007 ..........

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Consultation on Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006

The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act 2006” has become with the assent of the President of India. In order to frame rules under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act 2006, the Central Government had constituted ........

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Stalk Talking Exercise on NREGA
The Central Government enacted the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) on August 25, 2005. The NREGA provides a legal guarantee for one hundred days of employment in every financial year to adult members of any rural household willing to do unskilled manual work at the statutory minimum wage. The act became opertional on 2nd February 2006 across 200 districts of the country..........
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Retailing by MNCs

Retail trade constitutes one of the largest segments of the economy. It is next only to agriculture and has as much share as manufacturing. With a GDP of nearly Rs 33 lakh crore for the last year, the share of trade at 15 per cent is nearly Rs 5 lakh crore. That should give an idea why so many want to jump onto the retail bandwagon .......

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Visitors to ODAF
Ms. Jutta Werdes

Ms. Jutta Werdes from EED visited ODAF during the period 22nd to 25th of March 2007. Following a meeting with the team Leaders of ODAF at Hotel Grand Central, Bhubaneswar, she proceeded to ODAF field areas of CPSW and Seva Bharati.....

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The Film " Iron is Hot" released by a victim of displcement

An Adivasi youth in Bramunigaon area sharing their problems with Ms.Jutta Wardes,EED

Dr.William Stanley, ES of ODAF sharing about organisation structure of ODAF with CNI- SBSS Team