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NCDS On Peoples' Program

Odisha’s leading Research Organization, Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies (NCDS) has turned out to be a platform for Civil society and Government for taking up People-Centric Agendas.

 
Thanks to the innovative initiative by the authorities of NCDS, at least two major programs will be taken up in the Tribal Areas of the State-Revival of Millets and Integrated Farming Program.
 
The Policy Initiatives for both the programs were facilitated by NCDS and its Director Srijit Mishra is upbeat with such an engagement with Civil Society and Authorities in various Departments of Government of Odisha.
 
This initiation was started with a Consultation Workshop organized by NCDS, which was chaired by the Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan.
 
The consultation brought together the Stakeholders from the Government, Members of the Civil Society and Academia, which helped in development of Program Framework for both the people oriented programs.
 
NCDS also organized summer internship program on millets to collect background information to analyze the potential of millets in some of the Tribal dominated districts.
 
Now with the revival of millet cultivation in Tribal Areas, it will help out the poor tribals in 30 blocks of Kandhamal, Gajapati, Rayagada, Koraput, Malkangiri, Kalahandi and Nuapada.
 
Principal Secretary Agriculture Manoj Ahuja and Commissioner Agriculture Pramod Mehrada took lot of interest in formulating the programs.
 
State Government has earmarked Rs.65 Crores to be spent in next five years, which will be implemented by Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) and Watershed Support Services and Activities Network (WASSAN) will be Knowledge Partner.
 
This program will improve production of millets, promote Farmer Producer Organizations (FPO), increase consumption of millets at household level and there will be inclusion of millets in state nutrition programs.
 
State Government has also taken up Integrated Farming in Malkangiri, which will be operational in 40 Gram Panchayats in Five Blocks of the Tribal dominated district. Rs.8.47 Crore has been earmarked for the program in 2016-17.
 
State Level Sanctioning Committee headed by Chief Secretary A P Padhi has approved both the programs.
 
Encouraged by the successful programming of both the people-centric programs, NCDS has decided to take up more such Policy Initiatives in the future, said sources.
 


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