BRIEF REPORT OF ECO DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2007-08
DEIS has started the work with APARANT IRON AND STEEL PVT.
LTD. (AISPL) in the year 2007. AISPL is running ECO DEVELOPMENT PLAN
with the approval of Ministry of Environment and Forest, New
Delhi since 2001. AISPL has asked DEIS to take responsibility
of ECO DEVELOPMENT PLAN implementation activities.
AISPL is running ECO DEVELOPMENT PLAN in the villages nearby
AISPL plant site at Costi, Sanguem Tehsil, Goa. This area
is the southern area of Goa state and it’s like deprived
or undeveloped area. AISPL has started developmental activities
including infrastructure development, like roads, drainage,
electricity etc. In the initial years these activities got
done with their own speed. But later on AISPL felt a need
to carry out these activities with some extra efforts and
with the hands of expert agency. AISPL has asked DEIS to take
this opportunity and start developmental work in these villages
with more concern about Ecological and Socio-Economical knowledge.
DEIS has deputed it’s Manager (Operations) / Implementation
Officer at the site / field itself and started the work. The
work is a challenge as DEIS has to carry out developmental
work with the system of such reputed and established industry
like AISPL. At one side DEIS has to follow the routine procedures
and network of AISPL structure and on another side DEIS has
to carry out the work with more inputs of knowledge, skilled
work and image building for AISPL. DEIS has well taken this
challenge and last one year this project is running with a
good speed and achieving higher levels in the work of development.
ECO DEVELOPMENT PLAN work is divided in 6 areas / heads like
Land, Water, Flora & Fauna, Socio-Economic Development,
Health & Sanitation and Nature Education. If we just look
at these heads we can imagine the scope of this plan and the
vast work section.
Initially IMPLEMENTATION OFFICER (IO) has started the work
with the help of AISPL Officers, Village Panchayat (elected
elders) members and other Government Officials. But later
on IO has built a network of youth, ladies group (SHGs) and
interested villagers .Now work in these villages has got lined
up in a great spirit. DEIS has decided to make efforts on
3 lines for this work.
1. To follow ECO DEVELOPMENT PLAN – HEADWISE ACTIVITIES
2. To build a network to implement the activities of the Plan
3. To make proper Awareness and Publicity of this work to
involve more and more people.
In the LAND section, the DEIS, IO has started the work
with meetings of villagers, farmers and needy people as far
as the farming is concerned with formation of Farmer’s
Club, Training of these farmers on different subjects and
farming related techniques and up-gradation of farming practices.
This training also includes Exposure visits of these farmers
to different Model Works in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and
Kerala and to experience different practices and learn new
techniques of farming. This work is a real challenge as only
few villagers are doing farming activities and in these changing
era farming work is difficult one to make a living . Still
DEIS has managed this with constant meetings of these villagers
/ farmers and strong follow up of every farmer to get benefited
with the new techniques and sustainable agriculture work.
In this work DEIS, IO has made good conversation with Agriculture
Department and other Government Departments and used this
in a good manner for the benefit of community.
As far as the WATER head is concern, development of Natural
Water Resources and expanding existing wells is the main work
that is running with full speed. To make people aware about
the availability and scarcity of water and to make proper
use of water are also the main factors of this work. The PWD
department of Goa Government and other private sources in
this area are being well tapped and connected for this work
and are getting well managed by DEIS, IO.
Flora & Fauna is the important head of this Plan. Setting
up In-Plant-Nursery and to make Plantation inside the AISPL
Plant and also in village area are the major activities that
are carried out in true spirit. This work is really challenging
one and DEIS, IO has used his full knowledge about Ecology
and Natural Practices to implement this work. DEIS, IO has
studied the Bio Diversity of this particular area and started
the Nursery Work. Local / Indigenous species of Flora has
been planted and same are being kept in nursery for the distribution
to local community. At the same time awareness workshops for
Biodiversity, Nature Conservation and Sustainable Development
with the demonstration plot – like In Plant Nursery
– are the important activities in this work. Children
Parks in 3 Primary Schools is also the main activity that
is going on in these villages. To create awareness about the
Environment and to spread Nature Education from the childhood
are the main purpose behind this Children Parks. Plantation
of plants inside AISPL Plant and in Village area keeping in
mind an ecological sense is also a big challenging work that
is now going on by motivating school children and youth of
the villages. The Forest and Environment Ministry, Agriculture
Department and a network of Private Companies and Agencies
is being well maintain by DEIS, IO and good help from all
this agencies is received.
In Socio-Economic Development head, DEIS, IO has used his
network and started meetings of Ladies Groups, youth groups
etc. Discussions on different subjects, motivational workshops
and trainings programs on developmental issues, entrepreneurship
development etc are the main task of this work. DEIS, IO
has built a network of expert persons, NGOs in Goa state and
also some Government officials to carry out this implementation
Keeping in mind a true sense of ecology and sustainable
development DEIS has focused on Solar Energy work and Bio
Gas Units. An expertise team from ARTI, Pune has been called
to install Bio Gas Unit in AISPL Canteen premise as a demonstration
unit. This is successfully done and now replication of this
work will take place in the village area for the benefit of
local populace. In order to preserve our natural resources
and to make more and more use of Non Conventional Energy,
DEIS has planned certain activities. Initially Solar Cookers
were distributed to the needy, poor people under ECO DEVELOPMENT
PLAN. Then demonstration and distribution of Solar Lights
and other Solar Products to the villagers, especially in Schools
is an important activity, which is taking place right now.
Awareness about our precious natural wealth and sharing the
responsibilities of nature are the main task in this work
and this work is being carried out through school children
in a good manner. DEIS, IO has involved Goa Energy Development
Agency of Goa Government, ARTI from Maharashtra, Education
Department of Government Goa, Goa Social Welfare Board and
many such agencies in this work.
At the same time, main work is being carried out about Education
and Health & Sanitation. To promote free, good nature
education and to internalize certain values in students, many
educational activities are going on. Also Health Camps, Eye
Camps, community-based work regarding hygiene of public places
and help to PHC Centers & Sub-Centers in village area,
preventive activities before monsoon period are also taking
place under this plan. DEIS, IO has maintained good relation
with Goa Government Health Department and other related departments
and with Government Hospitals also. The above said activities
have been carried out in collaboration with these departments.
The main thrust work is Nature Education. Under this head
DEIS has started dialogues with the students, youth, mahila
mandal ( Ladies Clubs) and also with government officials.
Group meetings, workshops, Training Programs, different Programs
related to Environment Awareness, Ecological Developments,
and Nature Conservation are the medias through which this
work is going on. DEIS, IO himself has taken these workshops,
discussions and training programs and also got involved NGOs
like National Co-operative Union of India, Lions Club of Madgaon-Sanjeevani,
Agnel Entrepreneurship Development Center etc.
All in all, DEIS is finding the ECO DEVELOPMENT PLAN which
it is implementing for the corporate APARANT IRONS AND STEEL
Pvt. Ltd. , as being really a vast one and creative one too.
The constant awareness about Nature Conservation, Biodiversity
and Sustainable Development is going on in the village area
with different media, audio-visual shows, training programs-workshops
and participatory programs like plantation, experiment replications,
Resource Management Education and adopting some practices
that is useful for nature conservation.