ROURKELA: As a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) is implementing a host of projects to improve living standards in the periphery villages.
They include a multi-dimensional and integrated development project, ‘Parshwanchal Vikas’, being implemented in the 16 Model Steel Villages (MSV) adopted by RSP.
These villages are Jagdishpur, Usra, Lodsara, Bankibahar, Dumerjore, Baniguni, Jaidega and Laing RS Colony of Kuarmunda Block, Jabapanposh, Jabaghat, Bijadihi, Dalposh, Jamsera, Pograbahal and Kapatmunda of Bisra Block and Chikatmati village of Lathikata Block, RSP sources said.
The aim is to enhance livelihood opportunities of the villagers through up-gradation of natural resources, equipping the community for managing and mobilising resources effectively, skill development and knowledge enhancement.
The idea is to introduce economic activities that will be sustainable. As a part of this intervention, a number of family-focused as well as community-focused ventures will be implemented in which rural women will play an important role.
The commencement of a new weekly medical camp in Jagdishpur village by RSP has provided relief for these villagers. Every week a team comprising a doctor and two assistants of Bharat Sebashram Sangha hold a medical camp at the village Community centre.
Apart from providing vehicle for carrying the team, RSP is also providing the organisation financial assistance to run the camp not only at Jagdishpur but also in 14 other villages, they said.
RSP is also providing electricity in the village, which has helped improve the standard of living of the villagers.
The multifarious CSR initiatives of RSP aim at enhancing the income generation opportunities of the poor and underprivileged through customised ways.
People with agricultural land are being given inputs regarding increasing the yield through scientific ways of agriculture and horticulture, while people with very less land or no land are being encouraged to take up animal husbandry.
Many of them have been provided with cows, goats, chicks and ducklings of improved variety that grow and multiply fast.