GKEL’s livelihood initiative helps project affected families in Odisha

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India CSR News Network

BHUBANESWAR: In a bid to include project affected families in economic growth process, GMR Kamalanga Energy Limited (GKEL), has launched a livelihood restoration pilot project at Mangalpur Panchayat in Dhenkanal district.

GKEL, which operates 1050 MW thermal power plant in the district, aims the project to boost income to the families through agri-based activity, employable skill training and micro-enterprises support initiative. The project affected families get training on skill development, modern farming and micro-enterprises which help to boost their income in a long-term basis.

As part of Livelihood Restoration Program (LRP), twenty farmers have received support so far in terms of training, paddy & seeds, fertilizer and labour cost and they also received ground nut, green gram, black gram and potato seeds.  Considering the variation of the requirements of livelihood assistance areas, GKEL has imparted training to the project affected families on goat and cow rearing, vaccination and insurance for the goats and cows.  After the training, fifteen families have received goats cross breed jersey cows as part of livelihood initiative.

GKEL has sponsored ten youths to undertake short term vocation courses in Angul and Bhubaneswar. Once the training is completed, GKEL to provide support to the trained youths for employment.

Besides, GKEL has supported 55 families in the form of materials for developing and strengthening their enterprises. The enterprises consist of grocery shop, tea shop, cycle repair shop, ladies corner shop, fruit stall, fast food stall, tailoring shop, vegetable vending and fish vending. The project affected families are participating in selection of enterprise, selection of materials and purchase of materials. GKEL is confident the pilot project will help the project families to improve their livelihood on a sustainable manner.

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