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   PECUC Organized District Level Workshop on Children and Child Protection


Bhubaneswar: The challenges brought by novel CORONA virus for children are very difficult to cope with. With schools closed and education through online has forced millions of children in to the digital world. The digital safety of the children is no less important than teaching them how to safely cross the road. To create a safe digital environment for children and to protect them from the online predators, to generate awareness & to capacity building of Key stakeholders a district level workshop on children and child protection mechanisms was organized by People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC), a leading voluntary organisation of Odisha in collaboration with Foraldralosa Barn & in cooperation with Dist Police, Khordha & DCPU Khordha at SP Conference Hall, Khordha. Ms. Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director of PECUC gave the key introduction and shared the purpose of this workshop. She further stated that the children’s safety is of utmost priority and for this initiative should be taken on every level. Dr. Minakshi Panda, Chairperson, PECUC, presided over the workshop. Joining this programme as Chief Guest Mr. Rajkishore Dora, SP, Khordha said threat to children in the cyber world can be prevented by massive awareness and education of the parents, guardians and different stakeholders. Additional SP Mr. Suresh Kumar Dash gave stress on parental guidance to prevent the crime against children. Long time engagement of children in cyber world is threatening their safety issue and also increasing missing children as children are easy prey to online predators. So parent should remain aware about their children’s online activities to prevent the crime were stressed by Ms. Banishree Pattnaik, DCPO, Khordha. Ms. Ruby Rout, Country Director, Adoptions Centrum gave emphasis on monitoring the online activities of children by parents and guardians.

In this workshop Dr. Rabindra Narayan Behera, Sr. Technical Director (Retd), National Informatics Centre discussed in details about online safety, cyber crime with case detection methods. He stressed importance on education and awareness can only keep children safe in online. Mr. L. K. Biswal, Retd. Judge, discussed on laws, investigation methods and case proceedings related to cyber crime. An open house discussion was also held on cybercrime & laws & issues related to child protection. The house recommended training to parents, training to teachers, friendly pictorial & video mentioning at local language, training to key stakeholders including police, PRIs, Aanganwadi workers, focus training on investigation on cyber crime to police officials, massive awareness & campaigns, coordination between different departments of Govt. and strict enforcement of laws etc, can provide safety to children in cyber world. Around 100 nos of participants including police, ASHA, AWW, PRI members, teachers etc participated in this workshop. Vote of thanks was given by Ms Alpana Das of PECUC. The programme was facilitated by Binod Das, Debasish Mahapatra, Upama Mohanty, Priyadarshini Swain & Urmila Parida of PECUC.


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   STATE LEVEL CONVENTION OF ECOSAVERS YOUTH NETWORK ORGANIZED


Bhubaneswar(26/08/2021): A two-day state level convention of Ecosavers Youth Network was organized in the Mahanadi Hall of DRTC, Bhubaneswar, by People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC), a leading voluntary organization of Odisha in collaboration with Floraldralosa Barn. In this convention, more than 60 youth representative from 11 districts of Odisha participated.

In the beginning Pabitra Sahu, Vice President of Ecosavers Youth Networks gave the welcome address and said only youth can bring many changes in the society and he further said our present work will be reflected in our future.

Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director of PECUC by sharing the objective of this convention said youths should come forward to take leadership in different level and should create example by participating nation building process. Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Secretary PECUC appreciated the work of Ecosavers Youth Network and said they should prepare an action plan for their future activities.

Mr.

Ruby Rout, Country Director of Adoptions centrum said the role of youth is very important in creating awareness on COVID19 guidelines and she further advises that the youth should come forward to help others by taking appropriate safety measures for themselves. In this convention training ondifferent subjects was provided by various expert Resource persons.

Dr.Rabindra Narayan Behera, Senior Technical Director of NIC (Retd.) provided training on ‘online safety’, Deepak Kumar Mishra of Baitarani Initiative on ‘environment and ecology issues, bio diversity its preservation & role of youths’, Harihar Nayak, former member of OSPCR on child protection mechanism & role of youths’ and training on ‘understanding gender and role of youth’ by Upama Mohanty of PECUC.

The youth representatives shared their achievements & learnings with each other and also preparedan action plan for future course of action.

The second day programme was facilitated by Stuti Ranjan Pradhan, President of Ecosavers Youth Network Odisha. The core team of the Ecosavers Youth Network was also reconstituted in this convention. Jyotishankar Mohanty, Alpana Das and Debasis Mohapatra facilitated this programme .


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   WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOUR 2021 OBSERVED


Bhubaneswar(12/06/2021): Child labour has devastating consequences for a child’s education, skills acquirement and ability to overcome the vicious circle of poverty, incomplete education and fewer job opportunities.

Additional economic shocks and school closures caused by COVID-19, combined with income losses among vulnerable families, puts children at even greater risk, said guests and speakers at the state level webinar on the theme for the year “Act Now: Stop Child Labour” organized by People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC) in association with Odisha State Commission for Protectionof Child Rights (OSCPCR) & Labour and ESI Departmentm Government of Odisha.

Addressing this webinar, Sandhyabati Pradhan, Chairperson, Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Right (OSCPCR) said, “COVID19 pandemic situation has aggravated the child labour situation.

With school closed children are being forced to join the labourforce.

To prevent this situation we need to work together.” Dr N.Thirumala Naik, Labour Commissioner, Odisha stated that as per recent ILO report there is increasing trend of child labour world over due to COVID 19 pandemic and it has now became a bigger challenges to overcome.

But by working together and by creating awareness we can overcome this situation. Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Secretary PECUC & Chairperson NACG EVAC, India gave the introductory remark, and stated that we are passing through a situation when Covid 19 pandemic threatens to reverse years of progress in tackling child labour. He said, “We need to do deep analysis of the situation and impact and develop strategies for achieving our goal to make Odisha a child labour free state.” Dr Minakshi Panda, Chairperson of PECUC presided over the webinar and Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director of PECUC gave the welcome address & moderated the webinar. Addressing this webinar Bimal Kumar Sahoo, Director @ Indo- German Focal Point- Prevention & Social Security For India, DGUV & Former Insurance Commissioner, ESIC, Ministry of Labour said to face the situation we need to implement the Act strictly, promote vaccination, education and poverty alleviation. Pritikanta Panda, State Programme Manager, Odisha State Child Protection Society, Bhubaneswar said about various schemes and programmes of the State Govt ,and different mechanism to protect children specifically taking care of children who have lost their parents during COVID pandemic.

Neha Naidu, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF said, “Due to COVID 19 pandemic many have lost their livelihood, many children have lost their parents and children are unable to go to school.

We have to accept the challenge in order to overcome it and prevention has to be the main strategy .We need to see that no child remain out of school.” Dr B.B.Acharya, senior technical consultant, Department of Labour & ESI told that the COVID pandemic has brought new challenges before us and hence we need to come out with appropriate strategies for elimination of child labour.

Dr Acharya also mentioned that funds are available for rescue and rehabilitation of child labour at district level which can be utilized for rehabilitation purpose. Participants including, CSOs from different districts of Odisha, women PRI members, youth group members, children group members, SMC members, media and teachers participated in this webinar.

A video compiling the message given by the children from different parts of Odisha was also shared in this webinar.


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   World No Tobacco Day Observed by PECUC


Bhubaneswar(31/05/2021): Tobacco causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

It also increases risk for tuberculosis, certain eye diseases, and problems of the immune system, speakers said on the occasion of observation of “World No Tobacco Day 2021” organized on virtual platform by People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC), a leading voluntary organisation of Odisha in collaboration of Rotary Club of Unique, Bhubaneswar.

Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Secretary PECUC gave the introductory remark and shared the purpose of this programme and also chaired the programme.

He said, “More than 13 lakh of people are dying due to use of tobacco every year in India and it is spreading like an epidemic and entangling the youth of India in it clutches.

Massive awareness is necessary to reduce the use of tobacco.” Joining as guest speakers Rotarian & famous Eye Specialist Dr.Saroj Kumar Tripathy, said that use of tobacco affects the all organs of our body.

It reduces our lung capacity and makes us prone to all types of respiratory diseases.

People using tobacco are more vulnerable to the diseases like COVID19.

It slowly destroys all our vital organs of the body that is stomach, hearts, eyes etc.

Dr.Swaroop Mohanty, dental expert said that for getting temporary pleasure of smoking or tobacco use we should not damage our valuable health as tobacco use is one of the major cause of deadly diseases like mouth cancer, lung cancer, heart diseases etc.

He said through awareness, education we can bring psychosocial and behavioural changes among tobacco users. Dr.Minakhi Panda, Chairmen, PECUC spoke on the socio economic impact of tobacco use on the society as a whole and said we all should commit to bring changes in the mindset of the tobacco users.

Among others social activists Pradeep Kumar Behera, Usharani Behera and Sukanta Nayak also spoke on this occasion.

Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director of PECUC gave the vote of thanks.


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   44 DAYS LONG CAMPAIGN TO END CHILD LABOUR LAUNCHED


Bhubaneswar(30/04/2021): Child labour deprives children of their childhood, interferes with their ability to attend regular school, and that is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation since one year children are more vulnerable to exploitation, abuse which ultimately leads to child labour, child marriage, child trafficking and other child protection issues.

The year 2021 is being observed as International Year for Elimination of Child Labour.

It also recognizes the importance of “Revitalized global partnerships to ensure the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the implementation of the goals and targets related to the elimination of child labour.” The 44 days long campaign starts from April 30 on the occasion of National Anti Child Labour Day and culminates on June 12 (World Day against Child Labour).

This year PECUC also launched this campaign & observed National Anti Child Labour Day on April 30, 2021 in collaboration with Odisha State Commission for Protection of child Rights (OSCPCR) and AEIN on virtual platform.

Joining as Chief Guest Sandhyabati Pradhan, Chairperson, OSCPCR inaugurated 44 days long campaign against Child Labour by launching a poster on elimination of Child Labour.

In her address she stressed that we all should work together to make Odisha child labour free by 2025, although COVID19 situation poses biggest challenge to achieve this goal.

She said that by ensuring education for all children and implementing RTE Act this can be possible.

Pradhan gave call to concern officials, NGOS, District Task Force(s), District Child Protection Units, and all other stakeholders to come together and work for total elimination of child labour.

In his keynote address Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Secretary PECUC & Chairperson NACG EVAC, India spoke about the elimination of child labour.

While referring to the constitution of India, different legislations, & actions by Govts, Non Govt.

Organisations, he told that it is experimented that total elimination of child labour is possible.

Now time has come to act and work together for developing a child labour free society.

Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director of PECUC gave the welcome address. Other notable guests on this occasion PK Mohapatra, Joint Labour Commissioner, Labour & ESI department, Odisha, spoke about the various provisions, benefits and schemes of labour department for the construction labours, their families and especially their children.

He also stressed appointing child for labour work is now cognizable offence by Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Act, 2016.

And there is also provision for the rehabilitation of rescued child labour in this act.

Children should not work rather they should study, he added. Neha Naidu, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF, Odisha, emphasized that child labour should not be seen in isolation; it is linked to child marriage, child trafficking and other protection issues.

Naidu said, “We have to work continuously and activate women Self Help Groups, Farmer Groups and Gram Panchayat Level Child Protection Committees at the grass root level.” There is need for effective implementation of the laws to prevent child labour she added.

Dr.Minakshi Panda, Chairperson, PECUC said in this COVID-19 situation it is essential to keep children stress free and for this purpose they should be engaged in various social, cultural and game activities online.

More than 100 participants including government & non government officials, tepresentatives of District Child Protection Units, Civil Society Organisations and Panchayati Raj Institution Functionaries from different district of the state attended the programme.

Vote of thanks was given by Monalisa Patra of PECUC.


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   INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATED IN BENUPUR BY PECUC


Bhubaneswar(09/03/2021): Women are the source of all power and there is unlimited power within them.

Many women have shown their potential and capability in different fields and in the process of development their active participation and leadership is vital, said eminent guests participating in the International Women’s Day celebration at Benupur Kalyan Mandap of Balianta block organized by People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC), a leading voluntary organization of Odisha in collaboration with Rotary Club of Unique, Bhubaneswar, Balianta block administration and EDGH. Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Secretary, PECUC gave the welcome address and spoke about the importance of International Women’s Day.

Dr Minakhi Panda, Chairman, PECUC also spoke on this occasion.

Adikanda Behera, BDO, Balinata inaugurated the ceremony along with other notable guests Jayanti Manjari Rath, Former Director, Doordarshan Kendra, Bhubaneswar, Snigdha Das, BEO, Balianta, Pradipta Kumar Sahoo, IIC, Balianta, Arundhati Sahoo, Jilla Parishad Member, Lilima Sethi, BLC, OLM, Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director of PECUC and Rasmita Patra, Sarpanch, Benupur.

In this occasion awards were given to Rasmita Patra, Sarpanch, Benupur; Mamina Ojha, Assistant Teacher, Nuapatna Primary School, Nuapatna, Pratapsasan; Sujata Karan, ASHA Worker, Brahmansadhangi, Bentapu; Binodini Pradhan, Supervision, IDCS, Balianta and President Jhinarani Prushti, Secretary Bidulata Barik, MBK Rojalin Sahoo of Bhingarpur Panchayat Women Federation for their outstanding contribution in their line of work.

More than 200 women including Women PRI members, Women SHG Group Members, MAS members of Balianat Block participated in this programme.

Upama Mohanty, Block Coordinator of PECUC gave the vote of thanks.

Debasis Mohapatra and Bishnupriya Mahapatra of PECUC facilitated the programme.


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   ଶିଶୁଙ୍କ ଅଧିକାରକୁ ସମ୍ମାନ ଦିଅ


ପୁରୀ : ଶିଶୁଙ୍କ ପ୍ରତି ହିଂସା ଦିନକୁ ଦିନ ବଢୁଥିବାରୁ ଏହାର ବିଲୋପ ପାଇଁ ସାମାଜିକ ସଂଗଠନ, ନାଗରିକ ସମାଜ, ଶିଶୁ ସୁରକ୍ଷା ପ୍ରତିଷ୍ଠାନ ଏବଂ ଶିଶୁଙ୍କ ଅଭିଭାବକ ଆଗେଇ ଆସିବା ଉଚିତ । ଶିଶୁମାନଙ୍କୁ ବନ୍ଧୁ ଭାବିବା ସହିତ ସେମାନଙ୍କ ସୁରକ୍ଷା ସୁନିଶ୍ଚିତ କରିବା ଓ ସେମାନଙ୍କ ଅଧିକାରକୁ ସମ୍ମାନ ଦେବା ଆବଶ୍ୟକ ବୋଲି ବହୁ ବିଶିଷ୍ଟ ବକ୍ତା ମତବ୍ୟକ୍ତ କରିଛନ୍ତି ।

ଭାରତରେ ଶିଶୁଙ୍କ କ୍ଷେତ୍ରରେ ଯୌନ ର୍ନିଯାତନା ଓ ଶୋଷଣର ଅନ୍ତ ଘଟାଇବା ଶୀର୍ଷକ ଜାତୀୟ ଆଲୋଚନାଚକ୍ରରେ ଓଡ଼ିଶା ହାଇକୋର୍ଟର ପୂର୍ବତନ ବିଚାରପତି ତଥା ରାଜ୍ୟ ଖାଉଟି ବିବାଦ ସମାଧାନ ଆୟୋଗର ସଭାପତି ଜଷ୍ଟିସ୍ ଡି.ପି.ଚୌଧୁରୀ କହିଥିଲେ ଯେ ଶିଶୁଙ୍କୁ ନିର୍ଯ୍ୟାତନାରୁ ସୁରକ୍ଷା ଦେବାକୁ ନାଗରିକ ସମାଜ ସଚେତନତା ଅଭିଯାନକୁ ବ୍ୟାପକ କରିବା ଦରକାର । ଯୌନ ହିଂସା ବନ୍ଦ ପାଇଁ ଆଇନର କାର୍ଯ୍ୟକାରିତା ସହ ଆଇନ ଠିକ୍ ଭାବେ ଯେପରି କାର୍ଯ୍ୟକାରୀ ହେବ ସେ ଦିଗରେ ମଧ୍ୟ ଯତ୍ନବାନ ହେବାକୁ ପଡ଼ିବ ।

ସାଇଭାକର ଡାଇରେକ୍ଟର ଜେନେରାଲ୍ ଡ.ରିଞ୍ଚେନ୍ ଚୋପେଲ୍ ଉଦ୍‍ଘାଟନୀ ଅଧିବେଶନରେ ବକ୍ତବ୍ୟ ରଖିବା ଅବସରରେ କୋଭିଡ୍ ମହାମାରୀ କାଳରେ ଶିଶୁମାନଙ୍କୁ ଯୌନ ଶୋଷଣରୁ ରକ୍ଷା କରିବା କ୍ଷେତ୍ରରେ ସାମାଜିକ-ଅର୍ଥନୈତିକ ସ୍ତରରେ ଯେଉଁ ଆହ୍ୱାନ ଦେଖାଦେଇଛି ତାହାର ମୁକାବିଲା ପାଇଁ ସାମାଜିକ ସଂଗଠନ ସକ୍ରିୟ ଭାବେ କାର୍ଯ୍ୟ କରିବାକୁ ମତପୋଷଣ କରିଥିଲେ । ଓଡ଼ିଶା ରାଜ୍ୟ ଶିଶୁ ଅଧିକାର ସୁରକ୍ଷା ଆୟୋଗର ଅଧ୍ୟକ୍ଷା ସନ୍ଧ୍ୟାବତୀ ପ୍ରଧାନ କହିଥିଲେ ଯେ ଅଧିକାଂଶ ଶିଶୁଙ୍କୁ ନିର୍ଯ୍ୟାତନା ଦେବାରେ ସେମାନଙ୍କ ଆତ୍ମୀୟ ଏବଂ ନିକଟ ସମ୍ପର୍କୀୟ ସମ୍ପୃକ୍ତ ଥିବା ଜାତୀୟ ସ୍ତରର ସର୍ଭେ ରିପୋର୍ଟରେ ପ୍ରକାଶ ପାଉଥବାରୁ ଏହାର ପ୍ରତିକାର ପାଇଁ ବ୍ୟାପକ ସଚେତନତା ସୃଷ୍ଟି କରାଯିବା ଜରୁରୀ ।

ନେସନାଲ ଅକ୍ସନ୍ ଆଣ୍ଡ କୋଅର୍ଡିନେସନ୍ ଗ୍ରୁପ୍ ଫର୍ ଏଣ୍ଡିଂ ଭାଓଲେସନ୍ ଏଗ୍ନେଷ୍ଟ ଚିଲଡ୍ରେନ୍‌, ପିକକ୍‌, ୱାର୍ଲ୍ଡ ଭିଜନ୍ ଇଣ୍ଡିଆ ଏବଂ ଓଡ଼ିଶା ରାଜ୍ୟ ଶିଶୁ ସୁରକ୍ଷା ଆୟୋଗର ମିଳିତ ସହଯୋଗରେ ଆୟୋଜିତ ଏହି କର୍ମଶାଳା ଦୁଇ ଦିନ ଧରି ଚାଲିବ । ଏଥିରେ ଦେଶର ପ୍ରାୟ ୧୭ଟି ରାଜ୍ୟରୁ ଶତାଧିକ ପ୍ରତିନିଧି ଯୋଗ ଦେଇଛନ୍ତି । କାର୍ଯ୍ୟକ୍ରମରେ ଯୋଗଦେଇ ଜାତୀୟ ଶିଶୁ ଅଧିକାର ସୁରକ୍ଷା ଆୟୋଗ(ଏନସିପିସିଆର୍‌) ସଦସ୍ୟ ଯଶୱନ୍ତ ଜୈନ କହିଥିଲେ ଯେ ଶିଶୁ ବିରୋଧୀ ହିଂସା, ଯୌନ ନିର୍ଯ୍ୟାତନା ବଢୁଥିବାରୁ ଏହା ଏବେ ସାମାଜିକ ସମସ୍ୟାରେ ପରିଣତ ହୋଇଛି । ବାଲ୍ କଲ୍ୟାଣ ସମିତି ବା ସିଡବ୍ଲ୍ୟୁସି କାର୍ଯ୍ୟକର୍ତ୍ତାମାନେ ଏଥିପାଇଁ ସତର୍କ ରହି ସଠିକ୍ ଭାବେ କାର୍ଯ୍ୟ କରବା ଉଚିତ ।

ଏନ୍‌ଏସିଜି ଇଭାକ ଇଣ୍ଡିଆର ଅଧ୍ୟକ୍ଷ ରଞ୍ଜନ କୁମାର ମହାନ୍ତି କହିଥିଲେ ଯେ ରାଜ୍ୟ ତଥା ଜାତୀୟ ସ୍ତରରେ ପିଲାମାନଙ୍କ ଉପରେ ହିଂସା ବିବା ଆମ ସମସ୍ତଙ୍କ ପାଇଁ ଉଦବେଗର ବିଷୟ । ଏହାର ମୂଳୋତ୍ପାଟନ ଦିଗରେ ସରକାରୀ ଓ ବେସରକରୀ ସଂଗଠନ ତଥା ଗୋଷ୍ଠୀ ସମୂହ ମିଳିତ ଭାବେ କାର୍ଯ୍ୟପନ୍ଥା ଗ୍ରହଣ କରିବାକୁ ସେ ମତ ଦେଇଥିଲେ ।

ୱାର୍ଲ୍ଡ ଭିଜନର ମିଖାଇଲ୍ ପ୍ରଧାନ, ଏନ୍‌ଏସିଜି କୋଷାଧ୍ୟକ୍ଷ ସଞ୍ଜୟ ମିଶ୍ର ପ୍ରମୁଖ ଏଥିରେ ବକ୍ତବ୍ୟ ରଖି ବିଭିନ୍ନ ବିଷୟ ଉପରେ ଆଲୋକପାତ କରିଥିଲେ । ଏହି ଅଧିବେଶନରେ ଏନ୍‌ଏସିଜି-ଇଭାକ୍ ଉପାଧ୍ୟକ୍ଷ ଡି.ରୋଷନ କୁମାର, ସଞ୍ଜୟ ଗୁପ୍ତା, ସୁପ୍ରିମକୋର୍ଟର ବରିଷ୍ଠ ଆଇନ୍‍ଜୀବୀ ବରୁଣ ପାଠକ, ଅନଙ୍ଗଦେବ ସିଂହ, ଅଦିତି କୌର, ଡ. ଇନ୍ଦ୍ରାଣୀ ଭଟ୍ଟାଚାର୍ଯ୍ୟ, ଓଡ଼ିଶା ପ୍ରାଥମିକ ଶିକ୍ଷା ଉପନିର୍ଦେଶକ ଅଭୟ କୁମାର ମଲ୍ଲିକ ପ୍ରମୁଖ ଯୋଗଦେଇ ଶିଶୁମାନଙ୍କ ଉପରେ ହେଉଥିବା ଯୌନ ନିର୍ଯ୍ୟାତନାକୁ ରୋକିବାପାଇଁ ନିଜ ନିଜର ମତ ଦେଇଥିଲେ ।


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   NATIONAL CONSULTATION & CONVERGENCE MEETING TO END CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE


Puri(13/03/2021): A two-day National consultation & Convergence meeting to end child sexual abuse in India was inaugurated at Puri on Saturday.

The consultation was organized by National Action and Coordination Group for Ending Violence Against Children (NACGEVAC), India a national level civil society forum of SEIVAC, an apex body of SAARC.

Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Chairperson of NACG EVAC India said, “The objective of this consultation is to develop a platform for CSOS and other stakeholders to share the Child Protection Challenges and good practices in preventing Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation and also collaborate with various stakeholders to review and firm up the strategy to end Child Sexual Abuse with involvement of all stakeholders related to child protection issue.” Justice DP Chowdhury, former Judge, Orissa High Court & President, State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission addressed the participating members, emphasized on role of Civil Society members to create awareness on rights of the child and ensured they claim their rights.

Participation of children to voice their needs is the first step to ensure they are empowered and protected.

He said there is a need to behavechildrenin a very friendly manner at all spheres and settings.

Dr.Rinchen Chophel, Director General of SAIEVAC said that it is the right time we must start protecting children focusing on issues relating to the child sexual abuse at this point of Pandemic.

Mikhael Pradhan World Vision India said, “Child sexual exploitation is such a serious issue and its magnitude, it demands a concerted effort by all the stakeholders to work together.” Yashwant Jain, Member of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) expressed his deep concern over rising incidents of child sexual abuse.

He also highlighted that it is a greater need to reach out to children, school, and community to create awareness on the POCSO Act to help them understand that gravity of the penalty under the Act.

Sandhyabati Pradhan, Chairperson of Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (OSCPCR) shared about the initiatives taken by the government of Odisha and OSCPCR in preventing child sexual abuse and applaudedthe work of NACG-EVAC India for the cause. Sanjay Mishra, Treasurer of NACG EVAC India gave vote of thanks to all the speakers for their valuable inputs.

Among others Vidya Reddy, Director Tulir, Barun Pathak, Advocate Supreme Court, D.Roshan Kumar, Vice-chair, NACG, Dr.Indrani Bhattacharyya, Parha Das, Plan India, Dr.Abhaya Kumar Mallick, Deputy Director, Elementary Education, Government of Odisha, Dr.Anangdev Singh, WVI, Subrat Kumar Panda, TdH, NL, Aditi P.Kaur, E.C Member, NACG India spoke on the occasion.

A total, 105 delegates from 17 States representing from civil societies, government, statutory bodies and academic institutions participated in the consultation.


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   STATE LEVEL CONSULTATION ON NUTRITIONAL SELF DEPENDENCE ORGANIZED


Bhubaneswar(03/03/2021): Nutrition is like Sanjivani and it is essential for the proper growth of the body, said eminent speakers participating in the State Level Consultation on Nutritional Self Dependence organized at Panthanivas, Bhubaneswar by People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC), a leading voluntary organization of Odisha in collaboration with TDH (G) and BMZ and in cooperation with DISHA, & CAUSE on Wednesday.

Addressing the inaugural session, Sandhyabati Pradhan, Chairman, OSCPCR, said, “There is no alternative to sustainable development and through it nutritional self dependence will be achieved.” She further stated that Odisha is the first state to do a budget for nutrition and state govt.

is taking various measures to address the issue.

Dr Sipra Mallick, Member Odisha State Food Commission, said nutrition is essential for the proper growth of children and we all should take initiative to aware people about the various nutrition related schemes and programmes of the government. Sulata Deo, Advisor, Women & Child Development department, Odisha informed about the various schemes and programmes of the government especially Sopan Schemes.

Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director, PECUC gave the welcome address. Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Secretary, PECUC, shared the purpose of this workshop and briefed the works of PECUC and its initiative towards achieving nutritional self dependency in its project area.

He also facilitated the inaugural session. Other guest speakers Madhumita Das, Consultant, Women & Child Development department, Dr Biswaranjan Padhi, former Joint Director of Nutrition, Health and Family Welfare department, Odisha and Deepak Kumar Mishra, State Coordinator, Baitarani Initiative discussed on local ecological food & its nutritional value, regular diet & balance diet, scope for improvement, health, wellness and disease management, nutrition, stress & immunity and different nutritional related schemes and programmes of the government.

The session was facilitated by Binayak Swain, social worker.

On this occasion, a seed exhibition was organized.

To fight malnutrition many recommendation were given by the participants in this consultation.

A project is being implemented at 6 villages of Keonjhar district and 16 villages of Sundargarh district and there the farmers are using traditional local seeds and organic method to increase production to fight the malnutrition.

A video regarding this project was also displayed.

Around 100 participants from different districts including farmer, SHG leaders, members of civil society groups, government institutions and academicians participated in the consultation.

Harihar Balabantaray, Samar Kumar Das & Monalisa Patra of PECUC facilitated this consultation.


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   PECUC ORGANISES STATE LEVEL WORKSHOP ON CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE & ONLINE SAFETY


Bhubaneswar(28/12/2020): Children can express themselves freely in a fearless atmosphere and it is necessary to create such atmosphere for them to prevent child sexual abuse.

It is also necessary to incorporate life skill education in the school curriculum and counselling in family level to increase awareness was said by the expert joined in the dissemination workshop on child sexual abuse and online safety. The study was done in the Khordha district.

People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC), a leading voluntary organisation of Odisha in collaboration with Adoptionscentrum organised this workshop on Child Sexual Abuse and Online Safety on virtual platform. More than 70 participants joined in this workshop.

Dr.Minakhi Panda, Chairperson PECUC presided over the workshop and Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director of PECUC gave the welcome address and shared the purpose.She also gave a brief introduction about the study which was done lockdown period.Ruby Rout, Country Director of Adoptionscenturm presented the finding of the report. She said not only girls but boys are also sexually abused and the problem is the children can’t express it freely to parents and guardians. The problem increased during the time of lockdown due to the increased involvement of children in the online. For this awareness is necessary and also essential to create a fear free environment for children.

Joining as panellist Amita Pattnaik, Joint Director, OSEPA said, “More children are studying through online.So, the teachers should interact frequently with the children and they should bridge the gap and should try to raise their confidence so that the children can discuss their problem with them.” Pritikant Panda, Program Manager, SCPS, Odisha discussed about the different facilities available in districts for the children. He encouraged the children to be brave and to use internet safely by taking all the online safety measures.Madhumita Das, Consultant, Women & Child Development department, Odisha discussed about the POCSO Act and also stressed importance on life skill education in school.She also said awareness begins from home and the parents should be conscious about it.Biswsewari Mohanty, Senior Advocate discussed in details about various legal aids and laws that are available for protection of children.

Parents should build a healthy relationship with their children so that children can express themselves freely was stressed in this workshop. .


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   PECUC ORGANISES STATE LEVEL WORKSHOP ON CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE & ONLINE SAFETY


Bhubaneswar(28/12/2020): Children can express themselves freely in a fearless atmosphere and it is necessary to create such atmosphere for them to prevent child sexual abuse.

It is also necessary to incorporate life skill education in the school curriculum and counselling in family level to increase awareness was said by the expert joined in the dissemination workshop on child sexual abuse and online safety. The study was done in the Khordha district.

People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC), a leading voluntary organisation of Odisha in collaboration with Adoptionscentrum organised this workshop on Child Sexual Abuse and Online Safety on virtual platform. More than 70 participants joined in this workshop.

Dr.Minakhi Panda, Chairperson PECUC presided over the workshop and Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director of PECUC gave the welcome address and shared the purpose.She also gave a brief introduction about the study which was done lockdown period.Ruby Rout, Country Director of Adoptionscenturm presented the finding of the report. She said not only girls but boys are also sexually abused and the problem is the children can’t express it freely to parents and guardians. The problem increased during the time of lockdown due to the increased involvement of children in the online. For this awareness is necessary and also essential to create a fear free environment for children.

Joining as panellist Amita Pattnaik, Joint Director, OSEPA said, “More children are studying through online.So, the teachers should interact frequently with the children and they should bridge the gap and should try to raise their confidence so that the children can discuss their problem with them.” Pritikant Panda, Program Manager, SCPS, Odisha discussed about the different facilities available in districts for the children. He encouraged the children to be brave and to use internet safely by taking all the online safety measures.Madhumita Das, Consultant, Women & Child Development department, Odisha discussed about the POCSO Act and also stressed importance on life skill education in school.She also said awareness begins from home and the parents should be conscious about it.Biswsewari Mohanty, Senior Advocate discussed in details about various legal aids and laws that are available for protection of children.

Parents should build a healthy relationship with their children so that children can express themselves freely was stressed in this workshop. .


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   PECUC started Online Helpline for Children


Bhubaneswar: People’s cultural Centre (PECUC), a leading voluntary organization of Odisha started an online helpline for children and for this purpose PECUC has launched a website www.pecuchelpline.com & helpline whatsapp number for children is 7849010021, landline – 0674-2352278 and email_id- pecuc.counselling2020@gmail.com. This service will be available from 11 am to 1 pm from Monday to Friday. Joining as Chief Guest Ms. Sandhyabati Pradhan, Chairperson, Odisha State commission for Protection of Child Rights (OSCPCR) inaugurated the website and along with she also inaugurated the workshop on “Ensuring Safe and Quality Education for all Children”. She praised the efforts of PECUC for taking such a step for children as it is the need of the hour. She also stressed that all the departments of Government, Civil Society Organisations and OSCPCR should work in coordination for ensuring safe and quality education for children.
This workshop was organised in collaboration with AEIN and more than 70 participants from different districts of Odisha participated in this workshop. Dr. Minakhi Panda, Chairperson, PECUC presided over this workshop. Ms. Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director PECUC, gave the welcome address and shared the purpose of this workshop and she also briefed about the PECUC’s online helpline for children. She said this helpline will help children, parents, guardian, care giver etc who are in need of counselling support. She also said PECUC and Sikhyasandhan is working in 50 villages of Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj for last three years on a project campaign to ensure right to education of children to all children. A video film compiling the achievements of this project was also shared in this workshop.
A panel discussion on “Ensuring safe and quality education for all children” was also held in this workshop. Joining as guests of the panel Mr. Biswanath Tarai, Joint Director, OSEPA, Govt. of Odisha, shared about the different measures taken by the State Govt. for the education of the children during COVID19 pandemic. Mr. Sanjay Kumar Mishra, Member of Niti Aayog Standing Committee on Child Rights and Protection & Secretary, BKS, Ranchi, Treasurer NACG EVAC, India, said that we all should work together to ensure safe and quality education for all. Ms. Madhumita Das, Consultant, WCD Dept. Govt. of Odisha discussed about the importance of early childhood care education. In his concluding remark Mr. Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Secretary PECUC said that this helpline is a new initiative of PECUC and it success depends upon the help and cooperation of all. He also stressed that it is the responsibility of all to stop violence against children. He informed that PECUC has mainstreamed more than 35,000 child labour after rescuing them. Safe and quality education for all children will also help in eradicating child labour was emphasized by him. Ms. Ratna Dash Treasurer PECUC gave the vote of thanks.


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   FOURTH DAY OF 31ST PECUC SISUMELA: CHILD ARTISTE SMARANIKA NAIK RECEIVES PILANKA AKSHAYA SAMMAN-2020


Bhubaneswar (17/11/2020): A special musical night “Pilanka Akhaya” was organized on virtual platform as a tribute to the legendary singer, Lyricist & Music Director Late Akshaya Mohanty on Tuesday.

In a unique way children paid homage to the Icon of Odia Music on his 18th death anniversary.

Eminent Music Director & singer Laxmikant Palit, singer Bibhu Das & Bandita Das and senior artist Banchhanidhi Pattnaik, were the guest of the evening.

They threw lights on the different aspects of the life of the legendary singer.

Among other Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director, PECUC, Rotarian Dibya Ranjan Dash of Rotary Club of UNIQUE, journalist Madhabananda Behura also spoke and paid their homage to the legendary singer.

Minakshi Panda, Chairman, PECUC presided over the ceremony.

Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Secretary PECUC announced the name of the winner of the Pilanka Akshaya Samman Award 2020.

People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC) is giving this award to a singer below 18 years of age since year 2003.

Singer of the young generation Smaranika Nayak honoured with prestigious ‘Pilanka Akshaya Samman 2020’.

Children sang everlasting songs of Akshaya Mohanty like “Jajabar Mana Mora”, “Smruti Tume Shrabana”, “Sei Dipa Achhi”, “E jibane Mo Jibane”, “Chandra Mali Hase”, “Chithi Nuhein Seta”, “Nishi Bijane”, “Abhimanini E”, “Phur Kina Udigala”, “Are Laja Lage”, “Ei Je Bana Lata, Pahada” etc.

The singers were Smaranika Nayak, Yash Mohanty, Akanshya Sahoo, Nirbisesh Sahoo, Lipsa Mishra, Tanishree Jena, Rudramadhab Mandal, Shouryasnata Mishra, Sidhishna Bindhani, Tanushree Jena, and Satwik Samparpan.

The names of the winner of the song competition were announced.

Today’s programme was organized by PECUC in joint collaboration with Rotary Club of UNIQUE, Bhubaneswar.

Ratna Dash, Sushree Shailani Suman, Dharmanand Sundarray, Monalisa Patra and Debasis Mahapatra of PECUC conducted the programme.


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   WEEKLONG PECUC SISUMELA CONCLUDES ON COLOURFUL NOTE


Bhubaneswar(20/11/2020): The weeklong 31st children’s festival on virtual platform of People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC), a leading voluntary organization of Odisha has reached its closing day adding another glorious chapter to the history of PECUC Sisumela.

Many talented children from Odisha and from other states participated and showed their talent in this children festival.

Addressing the closing ceremony, chief guest Justice Birakishor Mishra, former Justice of Orissa High Court, said that children should dream big and also should work towards achieving the same.

Saumya Ranjan Pattnaik, Editor, The Sambad, former Parliamentarian and present MLA advised the children to remain grateful to their parents and to take care of them in the old age and the parents also should consider their child’s interest.

He further said that the children should be courageous and truthful in all their action.

Popular Ollywood actress Anu Chaudhury was also present on this occasion and said that children should be nurtured properly for their all round development.

Sulochana Das, commissioner for persons with disability said, “In this stressful COVID-19 situation, the children should be kept safe.

Their parents and guardians should encourage them to develop their inner talent. Sahadev Sahoo, former chief secretary, Odisha laid emphasis on the safety of the children during this pandemic situation.

This programme was presided over by President, Sisumela Committee and renowned journalist Prodosh Kumar Pattnaik and Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Secretary, PECUC gave the introductory note.

Dr.Minakhi Panda, chairperson PECUC also spoke on this occasion.

Vote of thanks was given by Anuradha Mohanty, executive director PECUC. In this weeklong children festival, talks on different relevant subjects were given by various experts like doctor Sarojini Sarangi, Gynecologist, doctor Swaroop Mohanty, dentist and Madhumita Das, Consultant Women and Child Development, Odisha. On this occasion, children and adult personalities were honoured with many prestigious annual awards for outstanding performance in different fields.

Child artist Ayusha Pattnaik of Khordha received “Dr.

Sarat Chandra Pujari Memorial Award 2020” for acting, while Adarsha Das of Bhubaneswar got “Prafulla Chandra Das Memorial Sisu Prativa Award 2020” for all round achievement, Purnima Giri of Kendrapada bagged the “Baji Rout Memorial Award 2020” for bravery and courageous activity.

Similarly, Lorismita Dalai of Phulnakhara was conferred with the “Prananath Pattnaik Memorial Award 2020” for social work.

Change maker and leader Chanchala Pujari of Koraput was honoured with the “Adaramoni Boral Memorial Award 2020” for her leadership.

Senior journalist Papu Mohanty was honoured with prestigious “Swarup Jena Memorial Award 2020” for his outstanding contribution in the field of journalism, where as “Abani Baral Memorial Award 2020” went to retired teacher Kalicharan Jaysingh for his contribution in the field of teaching.

“Sisusathi Award 2020” was presented to Rajani Ranjan Dash for outstanding contribution in the field of children litreture, “Dr PC Dash Memorial Sisu Adhikar Surakshya Award 2020” to Sneha Mishra for social work.

Besides, Jayashree Nayak, Sarapanch of Bhingarpur of Balianta block was given “Aradhana Nanda Smaraki Samman 2020” for her outstanding work as a people’s representative in the field of women and children & Sushree Shailani Suman received Best Volunteer Award for providing technological support during COVID-19 pandemic situation.

Every evening, colourful cultural programmes were performed by children of Odisha, Assam and Manipur.

During the festival, help and cooperation was provided by Rotary Club RCB Unique, Adoption Centrum, TDH[G], AEIN, Herbage Herbals, IMFA. Ratna Dash, Panu Behera, Dr.Sumitra Mohanty, Monalisa Patra, Jyoti Sankar Mohanty, Upama Mohanty, Dharmanada Sundarray, Dr.Mitali Mohanty, Satyasundar, Debasish, Atishnu, Biswajit, Pritam and Saswati of PECUC conducted the programme successfully.


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   WORLD DAY FOR PREVENTION OF CHILD ABUSE OBSERVED


Bhubaneswar(19/11/2020): World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse was observed all over the world on Thursday.
“SDG – Target 16.2 - End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children by 2030 – leaving no one behind” is taken as the theme for the year 2020.
                    Child abuse is a major cause of concern, which creates barrier for free growth of children.
 
Adding to different form of exploitation, exclusion issues have played major role in damaging the childhood of millions of children.
Violence against children takes many forms-children in armed conflict, child labour, street children, prevention of ICTS Danger, disabilities, child trafficking, corporal punishment, sale of children, sexual abuse, child prostitution, neglect, child sex tourism, malnutrition, bullying, child pornography, harmful traditional practices, abduction, early and forced marriage.
The WHO estimated that up to 1 billion minors between the ages of 2 and 17 years of age have endured violence physical, emotional or sexual.
To mark the occasion, a State Level Youth Convention for Ending Abuse, Exploitation and All Forms of Violence & Torture Against Children was organized on virtual platform by People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC), a leading voluntary organization of Odisha.
Satyajit Mohanty, DG Fire Services was the chief guest of the convention.
Addressing the convention, Mohanty said that COVID-19 has created a very stressful situation for children.
Around 150 crore children have been affected by it.
In this stressful situation it is the responsibility of all stakeholders including media and NGOs to work together for preventing violence and crime against children, he added. Pradeep Kumar Biswal, IAS (retired) spoke about the role of youth in achieving SDG-Target-16.2.
He further stated that active participation of youth can help in achieving SDG.
Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Secretary PECUC & Chairperson of NACG EVAC, India in his key note address while focusing on the SDG 16.2, emphasised on each ones responsibility to achieve the Global Goal by 2030 & said that massive awareness & responsive, sensitive action is necessary to prevent all forms of violence against children.
Dr.Minakhi Panda, Chairman, PECUC said everybody should work together to create a violence free environment for children.
Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director, PECUC gave the welcome address and shared the purpose of this convention.
Speakers emphasized to stop all forms of child abuse, exploitation and violence in their talks and for this all need to work together.
Massive awareness is required to eliminate child labour, prevent child abuse and end violence against children.
Youth Panelists Sushree Shailani Suman, Chief Editor, Research Edit, Stuti Ranjan Pradhan, President, Ecosavers Youth Network, Milonee Mishra, Core team Member, State level Children’s Forum, Yash Mohanty, St.Xaviers, High School, BBSR, Suvendu Kumar Das, President, State Level Children’s Forum & Sasmita Munda, Core Team Member, Ecosavers Youth Network also shared their views and opinions in this Convention amongst other youths.
A large number of youths from different districts of Odisha participated in this convention.
Ratna Dash, Monalisa Patra and Biswajit Mohanty of PECUC coordinated the programme.
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   31ST PECUC SISUMELA INAUGURATED


Bhubaneswar(15/11/2020): Children should dream big and they should work towards achieving their dream.
Parents, teachers and guardians should inspire them to fulfill their wishes, opined eminent dignitaries present in the inaugural ceremony of the 31st edition of Sisumela (Children Festival Week) of People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC), a leading voluntary organization at Bhubaneswar.
The PECUC Sisumela was inaugurated on the occasion of Children’s through virtual platform due to COVID-19 situation and keeping in mind children’s safety. Ranjan Kumar Das, Director of Culture department, Odisha inaugurated the ceremony in presence of eminent actress & PECUC’s Goodwill Ambassador for promotion of child rights Bhoomika Dash, sportsperson & PECUC’s Goodwill Ambassador for Promotion of Right of the Children to Play Anshika Routray, Olympian Anuradha Biswal and others by lighting a lamp.
Ranjan Kumar Das said, “Children should be given freedom then only they can be developed as responsible person in their future.” Senior journalist and president of PECUC Sisumela Committee Pradosh Kumar Pattnaik presided over the over the inaugural function and said PECUC is working since last 30 years to bring smile in the face of every children.
Secretary of PECUC Ranjan Kumar Mohanty gave the welcome address and shared the information about the weeklong festival of Sisumela.
He said, “Every child deserves a safe and happy childhood and it is the responsibility of all to create such environment.” Chairperson of PECUC Minakhi Panda said, “Children should be patient and remain safe during this crisis period and she encouraged them to continue their creative work.
Eminent actress Bhoomika Dash discussed about different challenges the children are facing due to this COVID-19 situation and encouraged them to engage themselves in various creative work.
Sportsperson Anshika Routray emphasized that children should keep themselves safe and should work towards achieving their dream.
Olympian Anuradha Biswal said a happy childhood is the right of every child.
Executive Director of PECUC Anuradha Mohanty gave the vote of thanks.
Ratna Dash, Jyotishankar Mohanty and Prashant Kumar Mallick of PECUC facilitated the programme.
The programme will continue till November 20, 2020.
All the competitions and the cultural programmes will be live on Facebook page of PECUC (@pecucodisha).
The results of the various competitions will be declared on this Facebook live programme which will start at 6:30 PM of every evening starting from November 14, 2020 to November 20, 2020.
The prizes and certificates will be sent to the winners by post.
On November 20, a special progrmme will be organized to give the Annual Awards of PECUC.

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   TECH MAHINDRA FOUNDATION & PECUC DISTRIBUTES RELIEF TO 350 NEEDY FAMILIES


Bhubaneswar(12/11/2020): Tech Mahindra Foundation and People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC), a leading voluntary organisation of Odisha distributed dry ration to 350 COVID19 pandemic affected needy families.
As many as 114 families of Kujimahal and Sundarpur village of Bhubaneswar blocks, 38 families of Nabati village of Balianta block, 128 families of slums under the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and 70 artists received the support. Puppet organisation of Odisha identified the street theatre artists.  The families were supported 10 kgs of rice, 1 kg of Dal, 1 kg of sugar, 3 Kgs of flat rice, 2 lts of oil, 5 kgs of wheat flour, 100 gms of turmeric power, 100 gms of Phutan, 1 kg salt and 2 packets of biscuits.
Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Secretary PECUC, Rasmi Ranjan Mohanty of Tech Mahindra Foundation and Prashant Pattnaik, Theatre Director, Puppet distributed the relief to the needy.
Jyoti Shankar Mohanty of PECUC facilitated the entire process.
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   PECUC Sisumela to be organised digitally for first time


October 14, 2020 

Bhubaneswar, Oct 14 (LocalWire): Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 31st PECUC Sisumela will be organised on a digital platform for the first time in its history, organisers said today.

Every year People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC), a leading voluntary organisation of Odisha, observes the International Child Rights Week (Nov 14-Nov 20) by organising the PECUC “Sisumela”- a competitive programme for children since 1990.

This year, different competitions of the 31st edition of the Sisumela will be organised on a digital platform.

Various competitions like Song (Class II to X), Rhyme (Nursery to class I), Modern Dance (Nursery to Class IV), Odishi Dance (Class II to X), Fancy Dress (Nursery to Class VII), Fine Arts (Class II to IV- Topic- “My dream school playground”, Class V to VII – “Clean & Safe Environment”, Class VIII to X- “Water is Life”) and Elocutions in both English and Odia (Class V to VII- Topic- “COVID-19: My Experience in Lockdown Situation”, Class VIII to X – “Online Education during COVID-19”) will be held.

Participants are required to send their videos and a scanned copy or a photo for the Fine Arts competition before 7th Nov 2020.

Details about the rules and regulations are available on the website www.pecuc.org and also on the Facebook page @pecucodisha of PECUC. The participants can send their videos to pecucsisumela2020@gmail.com or to WhatsApp no. 7848044899.

The prizes and certificates will be sent to the participant’s address.

PECUC is also inviting bio data for PECUC’s different Annual Awards. This bio data or CV needs to be sent to pecucsisumela2020@gmail.com by 1st November.

The awards that will be awarded to the children below 18 years are “Prananatha Pattnaik Memorial Award” for social work, “Dr. P.C. Dash Memorial Sisu Pratibha Award” for all round achievement, “Baji Rout Memorial Award” for bravery and courageous activities, “Sharat Pujari Memorial Awards” to child artist for acting & “Ketaki Pattnaik Memorial Award” for securing highest mark in 5th class scholarship examination.

On this occasion, other awards that will be given are “Shishusathi Award” for outstanding contribution for children, “Swarup Jena Memorial Award” for outstanding contribution in the field of Journalism, “Abani Baral Memorial Award” for teacher, “Dr. P.C. Dash Memorial Sisu Adhikar Surakhya Award” for working towards child protection and development and “Aradhana Nanda Memorial Award” to Women PRI for outstanding work as people’s representative.


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   ADARAMANI BORAL WAS MULTIFACETED TALENT'


Bhubaneswar(12/10/2020): Eminent social worker & reputed educationist Professor Adaramani Boral was a multifaceted talent, speakers said at a condolence meeting on Monday for giving tribute to her. The meeting was organised via virtual platform.
Prof.Boral was a reputed educationist, writer, speaker, an eminent social worker, theatre & radio artist.
She influenced and inspired many people, who came in contact with her, said many eminent personalities of various fields by joining the tribute meeting organized in the memory or Prof.Adaramani Boral.
She truly justified her name by her works.
She was born in the year of 1938 but was a way ahead of her time in her thought.
She passed away on the night of September 24, 2020 at the age of 82.
Around 150 people from Odisha and outside state and country joined this meeting.
Prof Boral was the Chairperson of People’s Cultural Centre [PECUC] , a leading voluntary organization in the state since 2005.
The meeting was chaired by eminent journalist Pradosh Kumar Pattnaik and Anuradha Mohanty.
Ahuti Boral moderated the meeting.
A one-minute of silent prayer was observed in her memory.
Welcome address was given by her son Prof Abhas Kumar Boral.
Remembering her, Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Secretary PECUC said she was a source of inspiration for all and also an extraordinary and rare personality.
Niranjan Sahoo, RDC and former Khordha district collector said that she was a person having self confidence, a strong personality, a motherly figure.
Dr.Lelin Mohanty, Editor Odisha Review & Advocate said she was unique person and her voice has the power to influence others.
Former MLA Adikant Sethi said she was always ready to support and inspire others.
Among others Dr.Amiya Kumar Mohanty, Ruby Rout, Dr.Seba Mohapatra, Kasturi Mahapatra, Dr.Minakhi Panda, Dr Snehaprabha Samantaray, Debu Majumdar, Arbind Mitra, Subodh Pattnaik, Dr.Sanghamitra Mishra, Jayakhushna Hota, Dr.Shashanka Shekhar Ratha, Dr.Biswamohini Mangaraj, Mahendra Kumar Mohanty, Professor Dr.Iswariprasad Badapanda, Professor Shubhendu Mohanty and Sabita Nayak spoke about her.
Her son in law Pratap Kumar Sahu, grand daughter Purbhasha and grandson in law Rahul, grandson Poonscha paid their homage by discussing different aspects of her personalities.
It was decided in the meeting that a souvenir will be published in her memory and steps shall be taken to make her statue in Khordha.

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   WEBINAR ON PREVENTION OF CHILD TRAFFICKING HELD


Bhubaneswar (30/09/2020): Awareness amongst Parents and Conscious efforts on by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), government functionaries,child protection workforce and all stakeholders is essential to prevent child trafficking, said Director General of Prisons Santosh Kumar Upadhyay in a webinar of Child Protection Stakeholders on Prevention of Child Trafficking organized by People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC), a leading voluntary organization of Odisha in collaboration with Girls Advocacy Alliance, RAIDS, Terre Des Hommes, NL.
Upadhyay further stated that allurement is the major cause of these types of crime and covid-19 situation has aggravated the situation due to increasing involvement of children in social media. He emphasized that online safety of the children and awareness is essential to prevent the crime. 
The webinar was attended by 100 participants from different districts of Odisha.
Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, secretary PECUC gave the welcome address and also shared the purpose of this webinar.
He stated that in the current pandamic scenario the vulnerability of the children has increased everywhere and it is necessary that we all should do what is in the best interest of the child.
Dr.Minakhi Panda, Director PECUC moderated the session.
Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director of PECUC gave the vote of thanks.
Subrat Kumar Panda, TDH, NL informed that we all need to work to provide equal opportunity to young girls and now in different states they have formed alliance in national and state level to implement the programme and bring down child marriage which is a form of child trafficking.
A Panel Discussion was held on “Covid 19 Pandemic : Preventing Child Trafficking in Odisha context”.
Madhumita Das, Consultant, WCD, Government of Odisha, Bisweswari Mohanty, Advocate, Banishree Pattnaik, DCPO, Khordha Manabendranath Mandal,SLARTC/ ATSEC,& Thematic Head, Child trafficking, NACG EVAC India joined as panelist and discussed on the various aspect of child trafficking.
Pannelists discussed various legislative provisions , schemes and programmes of Government and various actions by different stakeholders .Pannelists and Speakers in the open house emphasised on community level child protection mechanism & institutions, stringent legislation and law enforcement, a state action plan for prevention of child trafficking, constitution and strengthening of village level child protection committees.
They also suggested like psychosocial counseling to parents & children, strengthening families,their income level, online safety measures, proper implementation of law, proper rehabilitation & integration, proper registration of FIR, reporting of the cases, vigilant of the stakeholders at the grass root level, proper cooperation, coordination and linkage with different department of the government is essential to bring down the crime.
A vigilant community can prevent child trafficking as told by speakers too.

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   CHAIRPERSON OF PECUC PROF.ADARAMANI BORAL PASSES AWAY


Bhubaneswar(25/09/2020): Prof.Adaramani Boral, chairperson of People's Cultural Centre (PECUC), the leading socio cultural organisation passes away on the night of September 25, 2020.
She was 82 years of age.
Prof.Boral was a reputed educationalist, writer, an eminent social worker and theatre & radio artist.
She was also a known figure, a milestone of Odisha Modern Theatre, a young girl of that time who could dare to come and join modern theatre in Cuttack, acted against legendary Sarat Pujari, a very known Radio drama voice. Prof.Adaramani Baral was the wife of eminent educationist Prof.Late Abani Baral.
Prof.Baral was the member of District Child Welfare Committee of Khordha.
Entire PECUC family expressed their deepest condolences on her heavenly demise.
May her soul rest in peace.
Our deepest tribute, said Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, secretary,PECUC..

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   Webinar on ‘National Education Policy: Impact on School Education in Odisha’


Bhubaneswar, Aug 30: Central Government must make more budget allocation for implementation of National Education Policy 2020 said Samir Ranjan Dash, Minister, School & Mass Education, Odisha.

Addressing as Chief Guest in a Webinar on “National Education Policy: Impact on School Education in Odisha”,  Dash emphasized that the ratio of allocation should be 80:20 percent by centre and state respectively for budgeted  expenditure. 

The webinar was organized by Odisha Alliance for Child Rights (OACR), National Action and Coordination Group for Ending Violence Against Children, India, Odisha chapter and People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC). More than 300 participants attended  the webinar.

Presiding over this webinar Mr. Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Secretary, PECUC, Chairperson, NACG EVAC India & Chairman, OACR, told that the main purpose of this webinar is to discuss various features of the the policy, its impact on school education in Odisha and how best we can utilize the policy for improving the school education in Odisha. Ms. Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director of PECUC gave the welcome address and Mr. Prakash Rath, OLS, Vice Chair of OACR, Convener of NACG Odisha moved the vote of thanks in this webinar.

Joining this webinar as guest and panelist, Mr. Gangadhar Sahoo, OAS, Director, SCERT said that this education policy has focused on 8 key sectors of the education including early childhood care & education, foundation learning, Governance model, curriculum reform, teachers education, vocational education etc.  Dr. (prof) Sitakanta Mishra, Associate Professor, Pandit Dindayal Petroleum University said implementation and restructuring of the education is a big responsibility as the education system aims to create better and responsive citizenery. Dr. (Prof) Ajit Mohanty, Former Professor in Psychology, JNU  said implementing the education in the mother tongue and other regional language is a welcome step and an opportunity for Odisha as Odisha has an pre defined model  in it. Odisha should focus mother tongue as medium of instruction till 8th standard. Dr.(Prof) Pritish  Chandra Acharya, Regional Institute Of Education, Odisha focusing on curriculum said that both curricular and extracurricular are given importance in the NEP 2020 and which will help to retain children in school. Dr. Amiya Mohanty, President, FISE & National Convenor, Joint Forum for Movement on Education said there is a need to develop adequate infrastructure and atleast 10% of GDP should be spent for education in the budget. Dr Mohanty also spoke for strengthening early childhood care & education, Aanganwadi Centres. Prof. Dr. Kumarbar Dash, Former Vice Chancellor of FM University emphasized on inclusiveness and quality teacher. Smt. Kasturi  Mohapatra, Former Chairman of OSCPCR,  Former Chairperson of State  Disability Commission, Odisha said about disability issues in the NEP 2020 and said that adequate infrastructure  and trained teachers are required to address the issues of children with disability. Mr. Prakash Mohanty, General Secretary, OSSTA, while welcoming the policy for inclusion of early childhood education with school discussed on curriculum restructuring and teacher’s training. Dr Sumitra Mohanty & Ms Monalisa Patra conducted the programme.


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   WEBINAR ON YOUTH ENGAGEMENT FOR GLOBAL ACTION HELD


Bhubaneswar (13/08/2020): On the occasion of International Youth Day, a webinar on Youth Engagement for Global Action was organised through virtual platform by People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC), a leading voluntary organisation of Odisha, Ecosavers youth Network in collaboration with TDH[G] & BMZ. The theme of International Youth Day 2020, “Youth Engagement for Global Action” seeks to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes, as well as draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in formal institutional politics can be significantly enhanced.

The purpose of this webinar was to motivate youths as a change agent for local action.

Stuti Ranjan Pradhan, State President Ecosavers- the Youth Network presided over the meeting & shared the purpose and welcomed the guests.

Dr.Rinchen Chophel ,Director General South Asia Initiative to End Violence against Children, an apex body of SAARC from Bhutan gave the inaugural address and encouraged the youth to take lead role for bringing desired changes in the society.

He cited the example of Bhutan, how a small country like Bhutan created its unique identity in world by keeping its ecological harmony and developed as a carbon free country.

He mainly focused on to think globally act locally.

Speaking at the webinar, Dilip Routrai, senior bureaucrat, Government of Odisha opined that the youths should come forward with their innovative ideas and should work as a leader in their respective community.

He focused on the inclusive education among youths.

Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Chairperson NACG EVAC India and Secretary PECUC gave the keynote address and spoke about the role and responsibility of youth for creating a better tomorrow. Mohanty emphasised on active participation of young people in political process , strengthen democracy and develop responsive citizenry.

As many as 100 youths from 16 districts of Odisha participated in this webinar. Among other panellists, Sushree Shailani Suman, Chief Editor Research Edit & former State head Ecosavers Youth Network shared ideas on effective use of media for generating public awareness during COVID19 and also shared ideas about how to use various social media platforms in a constructive way to create awareness. Pranab Chaudhury, Researcher and environmentalist emphasised on combating climate change by creating awareness, preserving nature and natural surroundings.

He also suggested that youth should take the lead and play their role effectively by preserving the biodiversity in their immediate surroundings.

He discussed how climate change and pandemic are proportionate to each other.

Madhusudhan Das, National Trustee, National youth project said youth are the leader, they are the change maker and they can bring changes in every sphere of the society.

Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director of PECUC shared best practices by youths & how youths can create a change in the society citing examples.

Niranjan Sahoo, RDC, North Division addressed the valedictory session and encouraged the youth to work for the conservation and preservation of nature in their respective community.

Only they can bring the changes by reducing the footprint on the nature.

Sahoo also advised participating youths to come forward for Plasma donation and aware people not to be panic and fight against COVID 19 without any fear.

Kalpana Nayak, Vice President Ecosavers Youth Network delivered the vote of thanks. .


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   Ecosavers – the Youth Network of Odisha Elected it’s new leadership


Bhubaneswar(10/08/2020): Ecosavers – the Youth Network, Odisha organised a state level Youth Camp on virtual platform.

Around 75 youths from different parts of Odisha participated in this webinar. Speaking on the occasion, Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Secretary, PECUC appreciated the remarkable works of Eco Saver youth network members to save our ecology.

He also discussed about the qualities of a leader.

Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director PECUC described the roles and responsibilities of youth to bring a change in the society and said specially youths have more responsibility towards our environment.

Sushree Shailani Suman, Chief Editor, Research Edit spoke on the dreadful consequences of climate change.

She gave many examples like water crisis, drying of water bodies, melting of ice in polar region which leads our ecology on a dangerous path. Stuti Ranjan Pradhan, President of Ecosavers - the Youth Network Odisha presided over the convention & he is re-elected as President of state Ecosavers youth network till Dec 2021.

Kalpana Nayak,Keonjhar and Pabitra Sahoo, Kendrapada were elected as Vice-presidents.

Jaganath Naik, Jadichatar of Keonjhar, Sasmita Munda, Patna Block, Geeta Mohapatra & Amarnath Sahoo from Khurda District, Kartik Chandra Das ,Bhogarai, Balasore, Debendra Podha ,Sonepur, Pinki Badaseth, Kandhamal, Santosh Naik , Bargarh, Sangya Sahoo , Sambalpur and Dayanidhi Rana , Balangir were elected to the State Core team . People’s Cultural Centre( PECUC), a leading civil society organization and Ecosavers – the Youth Network jointly organised this State level Youth Camp in collaboration with TDH[G] & BMZ.

Newly elected President Stuti Ranjan Pradhan gave vote of thanks to all. -- .


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   Ecosavers – the Youth Network of Odisha Elected it’s new leadership


Bhubaneswar(10/08/2020): Ecosavers – the Youth Network, Odisha organised a state level Youth Camp on virtual platform.

Around 75 youths from different parts of Odisha participated in this webinar. Speaking on the occasion, Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Secretary, PECUC appreciated the remarkable works of Eco Saver youth network members to save our ecology.

He also discussed about the qualities of a leader.

Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director PECUC described the roles and responsibilities of youth to bring a change in the society and said specially youths have more responsibility towards our environment.

Sushree Shailani Suman, Chief Editor, Research Edit spoke on the dreadful consequences of climate change.

She gave many examples like water crisis, drying of water bodies, melting of ice in polar region which leads our ecology on a dangerous path. Stuti Ranjan Pradhan, President of Ecosavers - the Youth Network Odisha presided over the convention & he is re-elected as President of state Ecosavers youth network till Dec 2021.

Kalpana Nayak,Keonjhar and Pabitra Sahoo, Kendrapada were elected as Vice-presidents.

Jaganath Naik, Jadichatar of Keonjhar, Sasmita Munda, Patna Block, Geeta Mohapatra & Amarnath Sahoo from Khurda District, Kartik Chandra Das ,Bhogarai, Balasore, Debendra Podha ,Sonepur, Pinki Badaseth, Kandhamal, Santosh Naik , Bargarh, Sangya Sahoo , Sambalpur and Dayanidhi Rana , Balangir were elected to the State Core team . People’s Cultural Centre( PECUC), a leading civil society organization and Ecosavers – the Youth Network jointly organised this State level Youth Camp in collaboration with TDH[G] & BMZ.

Newly elected President Stuti Ranjan Pradhan gave vote of thanks to all. -- .


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   ପ୍ରକୃତିର ସନ୍ତୁଳନ ପାଇଁ କୃତ୍ରିମ ପକ୍ଷୀ ବସା, ସ୍ବେଚ୍ଛାସେବୀଙ୍କ ଅଭିନବ ପ୍ରୟାସକୁ ଭୁରି ଭୁରି ପ୍ରଶଂସା


ପାଟଣା : ପୃଥିବୀ କେବଳ ମଣିଷମାନଙ୍କ ପାଇଁ ନୁହେଁ ଏଠାରେ କିଟ, ପତଙ୍ଗ, ସରିଶୃପ, ପକ୍ଷୀ ଓ ଅନ୍ୟାନ୍ୟ ସମସ୍ତ ପ୍ରକାର ଜୀବଜନ୍ତୁଙ୍କର ରହିବା ଓ ବଞ୍ଚିବାର ଅଧିକାର ରହିଛି । ଖାଦ୍ୟ ଓ ଖାଦକ ନିୟମରେ କେବଳ ଜୀବଜନ୍ତୁ ଯେ ମଣିଷର ଆହାର ହେଇଛନ୍ତି ତାହା ନୁହେଁ ମଣିଷ ବି ବିଭିନ୍ନ ସମୟରେ ଜୀବଜନ୍ତୁଙ୍କ ପାଇଁ ଖାଦ୍ୟ ପାଲଟିଛି । ତେବେ ଏ ସୃଷ୍ଟିକୁ ରକ୍ଷା କରିବା ଓ ସୁନ୍ଦରତା ଭରି ଦେବାରେ ମଣିଷର ଯୋଗଦାନ ସର୍ବାଧିକ ହୋଇଥିବା ବେଳେ ଏହିଭଳି କିଛି ମହତ ଯୋଗଦାନ ଦେଇଥିବା ଜଡିଚାତର ଗ୍ରାମର କିଛି କୁନିକୁନି ନାବାଳକଙ୍କ ମହତ କାର୍ୟ୍ୟ କେବଳ ପାଟଣା ବ୍ଲକ ନୁହେଁ ସମଗ୍ର କେନ୍ଦୁଝର ଜିଲ୍ଲାରେ ଚର୍ଚ୍ଚାର ପ୍ରସଙ୍ଗ ପାଲଟିଛି ।

 

ପାଟଣା ବ୍ଲକ ଜଡିଚାତର ଗ୍ରାମର ବିର୍ସା ମୁଣ୍ଡା ଇକୋ ସେଭର ୟୁଥ ନେଟୱର୍କ ସଦସ୍ୟମାନଙ୍କ ଦ୍ଵାରା ଆଖପାଖ ଗ୍ରାମରେ ଗ୍ରାମବାସୀମାନଙ୍କୁ ବିଭିନ୍ନ ପ୍ରକାର ପକ୍ଷୀମାନଙ୍କର କଳରବରେ ବାନ୍ଧି ରଖିବା ପାଇଁ ନିଜ ଗ୍ରାମ ସହ ଆଖପାଖ ଗ୍ରାମରେ ଥିବା ବିଭିନ୍ନ ପ୍ରକାର ଗଛରେ କିଛି ଯୁବକ କୃତ୍ରିମ ପକ୍ଷୀ ବସା ତିଆରି କରି ବିଭିନ୍ନ ପକ୍ଷୀମାନଙ୍କୁ ଗାଁ ମୁହାଁ କରାଇବାରେ ସକ୍ଷମ ହେବା ଘଟଣା ଗ୍ରାମବାସୀଙ୍କୁ ବେଶ ଆନନ୍ଦ ଦେଉଥିବା ଦେଖାଯାଇଛି ।

ପିକକ୍ ନାମକ ଏକ ସ୍ବେଚ୍ଛାସେବୀ ସଂଗଠନର ପରିଚାଳନା ନିର୍ଦ୍ଦେଶିକା ଅନୁରାଧା ମହାନ୍ତି, ସମ୍ପାଦକ ରଞ୍ଜନ କୁମାର ମହାନ୍ତିଙ୍କଠାରୁ ପ୍ରେରଣା ପାଇ ବିର୍ସା ମୁଣ୍ଡା ଇକୋ ସେଭର୍ ୟୁଥ୍ ନେଟୱର୍କ ସଦସ୍ୟ ସର୍ବଶ୍ରୀ ଲକ୍ଷ୍ମୀଧର ମହାନ୍ତ , ଜଗନ୍ନାଥ ନାଏକ , ମାନସ ରଞ୍ଜନ ନାଏକ ଓ ମାନସ ରଞ୍ଜନ ପାତ୍ର ପ୍ରମୁଖ ଜଡ଼ିଚାତର ଓ ଆଖପାଖ ଗ୍ରାମରେ ଏହି ଭଳି ପକ୍ଷୀ ବସା ତିଆରି କରୁଥିବା ଦେଖିବାକୁ ମିଳିଛି।


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   NATURE CONSERVATION IS NEED OF THE HOUR


Bhubaneswar(28/07/2020/Article by social worker Anuradha Mohanty E-mail:anuradhabbsr2015@gmail.com): Every child has the right to live in safe environment, to have healthy life and develop their intellectual level which ultimately is related with the future of the country.
A healthy environment is a precondition for physical and mental health of children.
Without it they cannot grow up and become healthy members of society.
Ecology is the science that deals with the relationships between groups of living things and their environments which incorporate the relationship between human being and natural components-water, air, land, etc.
Conserving nature is taking care of our future generation.
Nature provides essential resources for our survival.
Due to the depletion of natural resources and the imbalance in the eco system, the humanity faces the risks like natural disasters, air pollution, ground water depletion, drought, global warming, various diseases and much more.
So, the only solution to overcome these problems is to preserve the natural resources by creating awareness among the people around the world and encourage them to protect the environment for our future generations.
Realizing the importance of nature for survival, the UN has designated July 28 to be celebrated as World Nature Conservation Day in order to raise awareness about protecting nature and conserving our natural resources.
With problems like deforestation and illegal wildlife trade on the rise, nature conservation has gone up on the list of priorities for the countries worldwide.
World Nature Conservation Day is marked internationally to spread awareness about the best practices to protect the natural resources as our earth does not have unlimited amount of things we need like water, trees, soil etc.
A healthy environment is necessary for healthy and a productive society for our future generations.
To help conserve nature, practical actions are required to reduce our ecological footprint, to conserve nature and to connect with nature.
The biggest problem demanding priority of attention of the world community is to protect the nature from over exploitation, wise use of natural resources and maintenance of a healthy and functional eco system.
The top priority of the human population now is to encourage community participation in protecting, conserving and sustainable management of things we use in our everyday life like water, food, electricity.
Rain water harvesting during the monsoon season, composting of vegetable peels for further use can help us for a self sufficient and sustainable life.
By adopting alternative source of energy, plantation, proper use of fuel resources, reducing the use of electricity, less use of paper, vow not to use polythene, re-use of water can be practised at each level.
Organic farming , slow food , creating bird nests , preserve traditional seeds ,preserve forest , less use of vehicles , etc can create handprints on nature.
Organising children & youth, educating them & practising how to create environmental handprints need to be focused. The efforts of Government and active participation of civil society organisations to raise awareness among the common people and industrial and business entities for decent use of natural resources, adoption of mechanisms to check pollution, reuse and recycle in a sustainable way and broadly to prepare and design the future roadmap for conservation of nature.
In the Directive Principle of State Policy, Article 48 says “the state shall endeavour to protect and improve the environment and to safeguard the forests and wildlife of the country”.
In spite of all the steps by the government, the country faces multiple of problems like waste management, polythene hazard, air and water pollution and deforestation.
In order to present a healthy and clean earth to the present and future generation, we must be careful and judicious in utilisation of natural resources, checking pollution and maintain the eco balance now.
Without the right to a healthy environment it is impossible to realize the rights to food, water, health etc.–now and in the future. .

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   WORKSHOP ON IMPACT OF CRISIS ON CHILD LABOUR - “WEBINAR ORGANISED ON WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LA


Bhubaneswar(12/06/2020): A state level workshop on virtual platform on “Impact of Crisis on Child Labour”–was organised by People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC), a leading voluntary organisation of Odisha, in collaboration with AEIN and TDH (G) on the occasion of World Day against Child Labour to mark the culmination of 44 Days Campaign to end Child Labour.
This e-workshop was attended by many participants including government officials, NGOs, Women PRIs, teachers’ association, CWC members, CSOs, media, INGOs etc of Odisha as well as from different states of India.
The present pandemic can push millions of vulnerable children into child labour.
Globally already, there are an estimated 152 million children in labour force, 72 million of which are in hazardous work.
These children are now at even greater risk of facing circumstances.
The entire world is terrified.
The crisis due to COVID19 effects on the existing child labour and it may contribute to the possible rise in the number of child labour in the coming years.
All the educational institutions are closed due to the pandemic situation.
The children of vulnerable class would be forced to leave school and go for earning to support the family.
These are few concerns raised by the speakers.
Ms.
Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director of PECUC gave the welcome address.
Chairing this workshop Mr.
Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Secretary, PECUC gave introductory remark and shared the purpose of this workshop.
He briefly stated that COVID19 has indeed increased the risk for children and lots of effort needed to lessen the risk and save the children from the impact of COVID19.
Pradeep Kumar Mohapatra, Divisional Labour Commissioner, Odisha Labour & ESI department discussed about the challenges created due to COVID19 pandemic and also about the enforcement of laws to combat child labour situation.
This pandemic has accelerated the process of child labour and other child right related issues which needs to be curtailed for the safety and security of the children.
Other notable guest speakers of this workshop were Pradeep Kumar Bisawl, IAS (Retd.), Jatin Dash, senior journalist and Madhumita Das, Consultant, Women & Child Development department, Odisha.
They discussed in detail about the child labour situation in this pandemic time, challenges, disruption of children education, violation of child rights, SDG & children rights, problem faced by the children with disability, issues of children on move, various socio psychological aspects to deal with the children and speakers stressed on the combine effort of all including community, civil society organisation & all line departments of the government, media and corporate houses to overcome this challenging situation and keeping children safe.
Speakers also stressed on the need of alternative to online teaching and strategic action to combat child labour.
Anil Pradhan, convenor of RTE Forum also spoke on this occasion and gave emphasis on opening of school with all safety measures.
Dr.S Jena, Child Welfare Committee (CWC) member and Kabita Kanungo, teacher and CWC members, child right activists and experts also put forward their view points in this workshop.

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   STATE LEVEL YOUTH CONVENTION ON BIODIVERSITY – A WEBINAR ORGANISED BY PECUC ON OCCASION WORLD ENVIRO


Bhubaneswar(05/06/2020): On the occasion of World Environment Day, People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC) in collaboration with Adoptionscentrum organised a state level youth convention on biodiversity, a webinar.
Around 68 participants including youths from Keonjhar, Khordha, Baleswar, Puri, Malkangiri, Sambalpur, Kandhamal, Koraput, Nabrangpur and Kendrapada joined this webinar.
Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director, PECUC welcomed the guests and participants and also shared the purpose of this convention.
Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Secretary, PECUC in his introductory remarks emphasised that we should work for protecting and preserving the bio-diversity of the nature and it is the need as nature has hinted us through series of calamities and disaster.
Other notable guests of the convention were Ulrika Oberg, Programme Manager, Adoptionscentrum, Ruby Rout, Country Director of Adoptionscentrum, Pranab Chaudhury, Former Scientist of Former Scientist of Indian Council Agricultural Research and Sushree Shailani Suman, Chief Editor, Research Edit.
Ulrika Oberg said we should give space to nature and we should reduce our footprint.
COVID-19 has provided much needed breathing space for the nature and we should care and protect the bio-diversity of nature.
Pranab Chaudhury said as earth is losing it bio diversity the frequency of disaster increased and it will increase in future if we will not protect and preserve it.
We all should make it a habit to preserve the nature around us.
Sustainable agriculture should be practices, more tree to be planted and species to be protected to preserve bio diversity.
Ruby Rout pointed out specifically what should be the role of youth to preserve nature.
By innovating new technique the youth should work towards reducing the pollution.
They should take care of the tree they are plating & they should make it a habit to preserve the uniqueness of nature.
Sushree Shailani Suman clearly indicated that by harming the nature we are harming ourselves and everything comes back to us.
We all need to aware about the nature around us as it is very silently works towards our own protection.
In the open discussion session various question asked by participants answered by the guests.
Smruti Ranjan Pradhan, State President of Ecosavers Youth Network briefly shared about the activities they are doing also appealed all youths to join in this noble movement.

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   Fund Raising for COVID19 Response of PECUC


A crisis has struck; will you leave helpless women and children alone?
Large no of Families, including old and sick people, daily wage labourers ,pregnant women and children-are struggling for food in Odisha after COVID19 Pandemic lockdown. Need emergency relief. Every single paisa can make a big difference. Donate Now.
 This worldwide humanitarian crisis due to Corona Pandemic, Class V student Champa Bandra (11) is facing a big crisis . Her mother, takes care of the 7-member family doing various daily wages jobs, has also lost all her incomes for 21 days lockdown .
This is not the story of Champa’s family, hundreds of other daily wage earners and their families are staring at a grim future without any food and money. They are dependent on emergency relief from government and NGOs. People's Cultural Center (PECUC), Odisha  has started relief measures  in coordination with Govt  . Your donation can play a major role in securing health and safety of these vulnerable women and children. Donate generously as 100% of your money will reach to the needy.
 PECUC has planned to provide immediate help to the  needy families in keonjhar ,Khordha & Balasore district. With special focus on old, sick and daily wage labourers & children . PECUC will also raise community awareness about COVID19 Pandemic and encourage WASH/Hygiene & sanitation practices.
Proposed activity & cost per family
S.N. Particulars  Cost
1. Dry Ration Kit  825
  Flat Rice (5kg) 250
  Dal (2kg) 200
  Salt(1kg) 15
  Mustard Oil (1kg) 135
  Sugar (1kg) 45
  Turmeric powder (200gm) 20
  Chhatua (2kg) 160
2. Sanitation Kit 170
  Hand washing soaps (2 packet) 30
  Detergent powder (500gm) 60
  Phynaile (2 bottles) 80
  Total Per Family  995

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   PECUC SUPPORTS 150 MIGRANT LABOURERS WITH DRY RATION FOR SEVEN DAYS IN KHURDA


Bhubaneswar(15/04/2020): PECUC on Wednesday supported 150 migrant labourers with dry ration for 7 days at Pratapsasan Gram Panchayat of Balianta block in Khurda district.
The organization, in all its operational areas, is engaged in awareness generation on social distancing. The members of PECUC are also engaging children in various activities and creating awareness on online safety.

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   PECUC SUPPORTS 60 MIGRANT LABOURERS WITH DRY RATION FOR TEN DAYS


Bhubaneswar (14/04/2020): As a part of it's ongoing effort to feed the poor and needy during COVID-19 lockdown, PECUC on Tuesday supported to 60 migrant labourers for 10 days dry ration at Bentapur Gram Panchayat of Balianta block in Khurdha district. Members of the organisation requested the people to maintain social distancing and adhere to the lockdown guidelines to fight coronavirus..


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   PECUC SUPPORTS 163 HOUSEHOLDS AT KHURDA MUNICIPALITY WITH DRY RATION FOR THREE DAYS


Bhubaneswar(07/04/2020): People's Cultural Centre (PECUC) on Tuesday supported 163 households having 1920 people who are daily wage labourers at Khurda Municipality with dry ration for three days ( dak, flatrice, atta, salt, sugar, haldi, biscuits, soaps). Members of the organisation also provided 500 masks to Khurda district administration for service providers collaboration with SGK foundation.

PECUC supported 163 migrant families from Maharashtra and Murishadabad, tribal people at Balianta block with dry ration ( rice, dal,atta, salt, haldi, oil, vegetables, potato, etc soap) for cooking food for 7 days.

Also, PECUC staff and volunteers are continuously engaged in awareness generation, social distancing, hand wash practice, supporting service providers for distribution in Balianta, Bolagarh, Bhubaneswar block and Khurda municipality and BMC area, also PECUC team facilitating children how to engage them through various activities painting, writing, slogans and counselling.

Besides, the team members are engaged in addressing the elderly, pregnant women if any issues and any other issues..


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   PECUC DISTRIBUTES RATION TO MIGRANT FAMILIES IN BALIANTA


Bhubaneswar(09/04/2020): PECUC team on Thursday distributed ration to 40 migrant families at Bhainchua and Jagannathpur gram panchayats of Balianta block in Khurda district. The ration was distributed for 7 days in collaboration with Rotary club of Bhubaneswar UNIQUE..


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   PECUC SUPPORTS 500 FACE MASKS TO CHC IN BALASORE


Bhubaneswar (10/04/2020): PECUC on Friday supported 500 face masks to Community health Center (CHC) at Bhograi block in Balasore district.
Also PECUC team are engaged with children conducting various home-based activities drawing, writing, poem writing etc.and individual counseling and awareness on COVID 19 and handwash and hygiene practices in its operational areas Khurda, Keonjhar, Balasore districts.
These apart, the team members are facilitating social distancing at PDS distribution points, shops and water collection points..

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   PECUC SUPPORTS 500 FACE MASKS TO CHC IN BALASORE


Bhubaneswar (10/04/2020): PECUC on Friday supported 500 face masks to Community health Center (CHC) at Bhograi block in Balasore district.
Also PECUC team are engaged with children conducting various home-based activities drawing, writing, poem writing etc.and individual counseling and awareness on COVID 19 and handwash and hygiene practices in its operational areas Khurda, Keonjhar, Balasore districts.
These apart, the team members are facilitating social distancing at PDS distribution points, shops and water collection points..

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   National consultation on Draft Educational Policy -2019


Bhubaneswar(28/06/2019); A-day long national consultation of the Draft National Education Policy 2019 which was held at Bhubaneswar on Friday ended with a clarion call to the Government of India for focusing of the overall well being of the child and upholding all rights due to them and address the issues of safety and security in schools and related institutions in policy framework. Participants stressed on quality, inclusive & safe education for every child. The consultation organised by the National Action and Coordination Group for Ending Violence Against Children, India[NACG India] in association with PECUC was inaugurated by Professor Mohammad Fakiruddin, Former Vice Chairman CHSE. Niranjan Sahoo, Director Higher Education and Labour Commissioner also spoke on the opening session. The inaugural session was chaired by Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Chairperson NACG India & D.Roshan Kumar,Vice Chairperson gave vote of thanks. Experts on the field of child Rights and education from across the country took part in the deliberations. Dr Amiya Kuma Mohanty, former Additional Director, Higher Education, Odisha & National Convenor of Joint Forum for movement on Education, Ambarish Rai, National Convenor, RTE Forum, P.Victor Raj, National Convenor, CACL. During the session, Y.Rajendra Prashad, Coordinator, MV Foundation and Razia Ismail of the India Alliance for Child Rights deliberated on the Draft National Education Policy 2019. The various nuances of the policy were discussed in the plenary. In the second plenary on Addressing Safety and Security of Children in Schools within New Education Policy, the discussants highlighted the need of measures which ensures overall security and safety of children in the education system. Kasturi Mohapatra, former Chairperson, OSCPCR, Sanjay Misra, Former Member, Jharkhand SCPCR, Dr.P.C.Mohapatra, former Director, SCERT, Ruby Rout, Country Director, Adoptions Centrum and Suryakant Kulkarni, former member of the Maharastra SCPCR made their presentation on the need for strengthening this component in the new Education Policy. This session was presided by Mr.Mikhael Pradhan ,National Head, Advocacy World Vision of India. Parallel sessions on School Education led by Dr Chiranjeeb Kakoty, Higher Education led by Prof.Mohammad Fakiruddin and Manabendra Nath Mandal, Technology in Education, Vocational Education led by Bibekananda Das and Anil Pradhan and Transforming Education led by C.J.George and Ruby Rout came out with detailed recommendations for onward forwarding to the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.Ms Aditi P.Kaur, MCF, Uttarakhand and Parul Seth, Shaishav, Gujarat facilitated different sessions. Sandhyabati Pradhan, Chairperson, Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights graced the concluding session of the consultation as chief guest. Ms Ratna Dash, Jyoti Shankar Mohanty, Sumitra Mohanty, Sushree Shailani Suman of PECUC supported for organising the National consultation.


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   CHILDREN CREATE PUBLIC AWARENESS TO END CHILD LABOUR AT BDA PARK UTSAV


Bhubaneswar(09/02/2020): Children created public awareness to stop child labour at PECUC Children Cornor at BDA Park Utsav organised at Biju Patnaik Park here on Sunday. Holding placards in hands, the children disseminated messages to educate a child instead of forcing him to work.
They also played games and conducted paintings.

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   PECUC ORGANISES PUBLIC DIALOGUE ON CHILD TRAFFICKING FREE INDIA


Bhubaneswar 5/2/2020: People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC) organized today a district level Public Dialogue on Child Trafficking Free India in collaboration with Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation. Dr. Minakhi Panda, Director, PECUC presided over this public dialogue and also shared the purpose changing mindset of all stakeholders towards the issue.

Inaugurating this Public Dialogue Sj. Arabinda Dhali, MLA, Balianta said to bring about a change in the society the participation of every section of society is very much essential. He further stated lack of education; poverty and addiction to drugs or liquor instigate people to conduct such heinous crime like child trafficking. Efforts at all levels are essential to stop this crime against children. Sj Ananta Narayan Jena, MLA, Bhubaneswar said we have to work together and we have to generate awareness among public & families to prevent child trafficking. He also highlighted some of the programme of the government. Among others Ms. Snigdha Mishra, BEO, Balianta, Ms. Sasmita mali, BEO, Bhubaneswar, Ms. Snehalata Nayak, CDPO, Rural, Khordha, Dr. Tuna Sahu, Expert Member, CWC, Khordha also deliberated on this occasion. According to them awareness building, education, and support and cooperation of all Govt. and non Govt. organization, and general public are essential to stop this crime. Ms. Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director PECUC, said that to stop child trafficking we should work together and the law and legislation also should be strengthened to rip this crime in the bud. ASHA workers, Aanganwadi workers, Women PRIs, Media personnel, Teachers and representative from different voluntary organizations participated and presented their opinion to prevent this crime against children.          


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   Active participation of more and more women in political process emphasized December 22, 2019 135


Bhubaneswar: “Active participation of more and more women in the political process can bring desirable change in social and economic situation” emphasized by speaker while speaking in an interface of elected women Panchayat representaives at Red Cross Bhawan Conference Hall, organized by People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC) and ALIBHA Federation of elected women panchayat representative in collaboration with The Hunger Project. The Meeting was attended by 124 participants including Elected Women Panchayat functionaries of Balianta and Bolgarh block of Khordha district. Welcome address was given by Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director, PECUC and she also shared the purpose of this workshop. Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Secretary, PECUC presided over this interface meeting.
Inaugurating this interface meeting Dr. Arabinda Dhali, MLA, Jayadev, said that women panchayat functionaries should work as a change agent of the society. They are better manager of fund and they should work independently and should be aware about their responsibility. A society will develop and prosper if the women will come to the forefront and take the lead. Sj. Ananta Narayan Jena, MLA, Bhubaneswar said that the women EWRs should work for the development of their ward and also they should reach to people and work for them relentlessly. Women are not weak rather they are quite capable like their male counterpart. The ALIBHA Federation members welcomed the guest with a welcome song. Rasmita Patra, President, ALIBHA EWR Federation, Balianta and Babita Sahu, President, ALIBHA EWR Federation, Bolagarh, read memorandum containing issues like appointment of PEO in every panchayat, compulsory registration of birth and marriage in every panchayat, abolition of two child norm for panchayat election, construction of children park in every panchayat, water and light facilities for every panchayat, ambulance facility in all health centres etc. They presented this memorandum to both the MLAs. The MLA on the other hand promised to take up the issues in the. Among other Prof. Prabir Kumar Pattnaik, SOA National Institute of Law spoke about the role and responsibilities of EWRs and Ms. Ratna Dash, Treasurer PECUC also spoke on this occasion. Vote of thank was given by Upama Mohanty, Block Coordinator of PECUC. Mr. Prashant Kumar Mallick and Mr. Bamadev Jena ,Dr Sumitra Mohanty of PECUC facilitated the programme.


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   WORKSHOP ON SEXUAL & REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH RIGHTS OF ADOLESCENT AND YOUNG WOMEN


Bhubaneswar(21/12/2019): A district Level workshop on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of Adolescent and Young Women was organized by People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC) in collaboration with Adoptions Centrum at DRDA conference hall, Khordha on Saturday. More than 80 participants including adolescent group members, young women group members, Govt. officials and media personnel participated in this workshop. Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director of PECUC, welcomed the guests and also shared the purpose of this workshop. She also said that PECUC is working in this field and generating awareness among adolescents and young women on their education, life skill education reproductive rights, etc. Adaramani Baral, Chairman, PECUC chaired the session and Dr.Minakhi Panda, Director PECUC also spoke on the issues of adolescents and young women.
Ruby Rout, Country Director of Adoptionscentrum said that the problems of the adolescents will be solved with the help of both community and the government. On the occasion, chief guest of this workshop Diganta Routray, Project Director, DRDA, Khordha inaugurated the workshop and said to overcome the challenges, NGOs and government department should work together.
He also emphasized on the life skill education of adolescents as they are prone to abuse in this phase of life. Among others Manoj Naik, District Welfare Officer, Amriita Pattnaik, District Coordinator, Samagra Sikhya, Khordha, Dr.P.K.Mishra, District Public Health Communication Officer, Dr.Indira Rath, District Leprosy Officer, CDMO Office, Somendra Nayak, LPO, District Child Protection Unit were present in this programme. They spoke about the adolescent issues and also women reproductive health issues, schemes and programmes of the government. The speakers also discussed on various issues relating to young women and adolescents like sexual and reproductive rights of women and adolescents, AIDs/HIVs, health services and schemes and programmes of government, domestic violence, health and sanitations for girls, family planning, birth spacing, nutritious food etc. Family, community, civil society organisation, media and government all should work together for education and awareness. Prashant Kumar Mallick of PECUC gave the vote of thanks. The programme was facilitated by Panu Behera, Priyadarshini Swain and Binod Kumar Das of PECUC.
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   WORKSHOP ON SEXUAL & REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH RIGHTS OF ADOLESCENT AND YOUNG WOMEN


Bhubaneswar(21/12/2019): A district Level workshop on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of Adolescent and Young Women was organized by People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC) in collaboration with Adoptions Centrum at DRDA conference hall, Khordha on Saturday. More than 80 participants including adolescent group members, young women group members, Govt. officials and media personnel participated in this workshop. Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director of PECUC, welcomed the guests and also shared the purpose of this workshop. She also said that PECUC is working in this field and generating awareness among adolescents and young women on their education, life skill education reproductive rights, etc. Adaramani Baral, Chairman, PECUC chaired the session and Dr.Minakhi Panda, Director PECUC also spoke on the issues of adolescents and young women.
Ruby Rout, Country Director of Adoptionscentrum said that the problems of the adolescents will be solved with the help of both community and the government. On the occasion, chief guest of this workshop Diganta Routray, Project Director, DRDA, Khordha inaugurated the workshop and said to overcome the challenges, NGOs and government department should work together.
He also emphasized on the life skill education of adolescents as they are prone to abuse in this phase of life. Among others Manoj Naik, District Welfare Officer, Amriita Pattnaik, District Coordinator, Samagra Sikhya, Khordha, Dr.P.K.Mishra, District Public Health Communication Officer, Dr.Indira Rath, District Leprosy Officer, CDMO Office, Somendra Nayak, LPO, District Child Protection Unit were present in this programme. They spoke about the adolescent issues and also women reproductive health issues, schemes and programmes of the government. The speakers also discussed on various issues relating to young women and adolescents like sexual and reproductive rights of women and adolescents, AIDs/HIVs, health services and schemes and programmes of government, domestic violence, health and sanitations for girls, family planning, birth spacing, nutritious food etc. Family, community, civil society organisation, media and government all should work together for education and awareness. Prashant Kumar Mallick of PECUC gave the vote of thanks. The programme was facilitated by Panu Behera, Priyadarshini Swain and Binod Kumar Das of PECUC.
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   Interface Meeting of EWRs with District Administration


Bhubaneswar 10/12/2019: An interface meeting of Elected Women Representative with District Administration was organsied by People’s cultural Centre (PECUC), a leading voluntary organization of Odisha in collaboration with The Hunger Project (THP) at the Red Cross Bhawan. In this meeting more than 35 Women Elected Representative from Bolgarh and Balianta block of Khordha district participated. The guest speaker of this programme were Mr. Sachidananda Pati, District Project Officer, Khordha, Ms. Banishree Pattnaik, District Child Protection Officer, Khordha, Ms. Sandhyarani Guru, District Emergency Officer, Khordha and Bijayalaxmi Behera, Child Development Project Officer, BMC, Bhubaneswar. They discussed on child protection, child right, child and mother care, village level emergency committee and role of women and also about their issues, Govt.s  programme for emergency  situation and also on various Govt.’s scheme and programme etc. Among other Rasmita Patra, Sarpanch Benupur & President ALIBHA EWRs Federation also present in this meeting.  The EWRs also put forward their issues like strengthening of child protection committee in the Panchayat level, informing people about all the schemes and programme relating to ICDS, Increasing the height of canal embankment to prevent flooding in the Balianta, providing Govt support to rightful beneficiary of the disaster etc in this interface meeting. Prashant Kumar Mallick, Upama Mohanty and Bamadeva Jena of PECUC conducted this programme.     


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   PECUC KICK STARTS WEEKLONG CAMPAIGN ON ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN


Bhubaneswar(03/12/2019): People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC), a leading organization in the state in collaboration with The Hunger Project on Tuesday launched its “16 days of Activism” on Ending Violence against Women.

The 16 Days Activism is an International Campaign that started in 1991.

Since then, over 6000 organisations in 187 countries have taken part in this campaign.

This Campaign provides each and every one of us with the opportunity to break the silence around violence against women.

Almost 35% of women in the world are victims of violence.

Nearly three out of every four trafficked women and girls are trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

Even in this modern day and age, violence against women is still on the rise.

They are not only being raped but kidnapped, sexually abused and also through domestic violence and dowry killings.

This weeklong campaign launched a mobile van campaign at Balianta and Bolagarh block of Khurda district to aware the people on the issues of VAW and more specifically domestic violence.

A district level workshop on violence against women was organized at Rotary Bhawan, Bhubaneswar.

Dr.Minakhi Panda, Director PECUC, presided over the meeting.

Esteemed guest Arun Kumar Behera, Additional District Magistrate, Bhubaneswar said that the domestic violence issues can be solved by creating awareness among all sections of people.

Sulata Deo, Adviser Women & Child Development department, Snehanjali Mohanty, Member, State Commission for women & Anuradha Biswal, Olympian addressed the gathering and appreciated the campaign for raising awareness among people regarding how to get information and access the services to end violence against women.

Also they spoke on DV act and role of Women Commission & Protection Officer.

Among others, Swapna Bhoi, Vice Chairman, ALIBHA EWR Federation, Balianta block & Babita Sahoo, Sarpanch of Bolgarh block spoke on this occasion.

Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director, PECUC, gave welcome address and shared the objective of the workshop and on the weeklong campaign and said,”PECUC is taking initiative at different levels to address the issues to protect women from violence and abuses and working towards a Violence Free Society”.

In this campaign, more than 100 women PRIs and SHG leaders participated and shared views that panchayat should be given adequate power for giving marriage certificate, birth certificate etc; formation of Sexual Harassment committee at panchayat level; single/divorced women, unmarried girls/ widow’s life should be protected; every panchayat should have separate toilets for women; two-child norm at Panchayati Raj system should be completely banned.

Upama Mohanty, Block Coordinator, PECUC gave vote of thanks.

The programme was facilitated by PECUC team Member, Jyotishankar Mohanty, Bamadeva Jena and Dr.Sumitra Mohanty. .

 


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   World day for prevention of child abuse Observed Walkathon against Child Labour, Exploitation & Viol


World day for prevention of child abuse Observed

Walkathon against Child Labour, Exploitation & Violence in Bhubaneswar City

19th November is being observed as the   “World day for prevention of child abuse” all over the world. Take action and prevent child abuse is taken as theme for 2019. Child abuse is a major cause of concern, which creates barrier for free growth of children. Adding to different form of exploitation, exclusion issues have played major role in damaging the child hood of millions of children.  Violence against children takes many forms i.e Child labour, child trafficking, Corporal punishment, sale of children, sexual abuse, child prostitution, neglect, child sex tourism, malnutrition,  bullying, child pornography, harmful traditional practices, abduction, early and forced marriage   etc.

In 2017, the WHO estimated that up to 1 billion minors between the ages of 2 and 17 years of age have endured violence either physical, emotional, or sexual. Sexual abuse (from groping to rape), according to some UNICEF estimates from 2014, affected over 120 million children, representing the highest number of victims. In 2017, the same UN organization reported that in 38 low and middle income countries, almost 17 million adult women admitted having a forced sexual relationship during their childhood. 

At least 3 of every 4 of the world’s children have experienced violence .Child labour is one of the worst forms of violence against children.  According to ILO, 152 million children are still in child labour. Child labour occurs in almost all sectors, yet 7 out of every 10 of these children are working in agriculture.

In November of 1989, nearly every country in the world signed on to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history. Countries across the globe signed onto the CRC, of which one of the articles stated that all children have the right to be protected from violence.

Thirty years later, the world has undoubtedly changed for children. While only five countries had prohibited corporal punishment against children in 1989, today, 58 countries have issued bans of their own. The number of child labourers has decreased by a third since 2000, from 246 to 152 million. And over the last decade, 25 million child marriages were prevented due to increased gender equity and widespread progress. This year the whole world is observing the 30th anniversary of United Nations Convention of Rights of the Child. 

To mark the occasion   a “ Walkathon against child Labour, Exploitation and Abuse” , From Ram Mandir Square to Master canteen Square and  Signature campaign near Master Canteen Square  were  organized by People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC) a leading child rights organization in collaboration with  the Labour & ESI Department, Govt. Of  Odisha. Chairperson of Odisha Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board Sj. Subash Singh, and Sj. Niranjan Sahoo, Labour Commissioner & Anshika Routray, PECUC Goodwill Ambassador, for promotion Right of the Children to Play, inaugurated the walk and signature campaign. Other dignitaries like Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Secretary PECUC & Chairperson of NACG EVAC, India, Mrs. Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director, PECUC, Pradeep Kumar Mohapatra, Divisional labour Commissioner, Anuradha Biswal, Olympiad, Sulata Deo, Adviser, WCD, Govt. of Odissa, Mr. S.N Acharya, Assistant Labour Officer, Ms. Dharashree Mohapatra, Assistant Labour Officer, Mr. Pravakar Biswal, Labour Inspector & Kaliputra Kuldeep Prasad, Labour Inspector were present on this occasion. Speakers emphasized to stop child labour and all form of child abuse in their talk. Child labour is the worst form of violence on children. We all need to work together to eradicate child labour and mainstream them through education .The Govt & Civil Society Organisations of Odisha are taking up various steps for development of children .However we all need to work together and also massive awareness is required to eliminate child labour, prevent child abuse, and end violence against children was stressed by speakers also told that it is our responsibility to aware people about not to engage children as child labour which destroy their childhood. A large number of youth from Baneswar Higher Secondary College and youth volunteers from around 10 districts of Odisha participated in the programme.

Ms. Ratna Dash, Ms. Prashant Kumar Mallick and Mr. Jyotisankar Mohanty, Mr. Panu Behera facilitated the programme.


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   Child Artiste Abhijit Padhi got “Pilanka Akshaya Samman-2019” November 18, 2019 170


Child Artiste Abhijit Padhi got “Pilanka Akshaya Samman-2019”

Tribute to Legendary Music Director, Singer & Lyricist Akshaya Mohanty by children

Bhubaneswar (17-Nov-2019): “Pilanka Akhaya” night of 30th PECUC Sisumela. The Amphitheatre of Ekamrahat echoed with the everlasting songs of Legendary Singer, Lyricist & Music Director Late Akshaya Mohanty, on the voice of little children, as the evening progressed. In a unique way children paid tribute to the Icon of Odia Music on his 17th Death Anniversary.

Singer of the young generation  Abhijit Padhi honoured with prestigious Pilanka Akshaya Samman 2019. Eminent singer Smt Shyamamani Devi,Mr  Prabeep kumar Biswal, IAS, Additional Secretary, Finance Dept. Govt. of Odisha, renowned  Singers  Laxmikant Palit, Subas Dash,  Bandita Das, Ghasiram Panda Social Worker,Sj jatin Dash , Senior Journalist , Rupak Mohanpatra, Programme Manager, NRHM ,Madhabananda Beura ,Journalist were spoke on the occassion. Mrs. Adaramani Boral, Chairman, Mr. Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Secretary, Dr. Minakhi Panda, Director, Mrs. Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director, of PECUC, also spoke on the occasion.

 Ekamrahat  reverberate with songs like Udashi Akhi……, Udi Udi Jaere Mora Gudi……, Sei Dipa Achhi……, Mana Hajijae……, Danei Das Kahere Bhai….,Paradeshi Bandhu…., Chithi Mor Tiki Chadhei….., Shikari Shikari……., Smruti Eka Rupa Janha….., Chumki Chumki…., Jajabar Mana Mora…., Phur Kini Udi Gala…., Tor Mor Katha Heba…, Jharaka Kholi….., Nadira Nama…, Mayabini Bana Jyotsna…, Sabi Sabi…, Batoi Bhai…. etc. The singers were Anjalideepa,  Abhijit, Nirbishesh, Smaranika, Akankhya, Tanushree, Dibyanshu, Santosh, Rudra Madhab, Niharika & Adysha.  The programme was nicely anchored by Soumya Priyadarshi & Sovnit Patnaik .   

 The veteran musicians  Mr Sarat Pani, M. Simadri, Babloo & Alok accompanied the child singers. The prizes distributed by the guests to the winners of song competition. The programme was organized by PECUC in joint collaboration with Rotary Club Unique, Bhubaneswar.

Fine Art, Elocution and Quiz competition were also organised among the children in the morning. Manas Ranjan Nayak, Shushree Shailani Suman, Shishir Bahinipati and Manoranjan Mishra joined as judges for this competitions.

Mrs. Ratna Dash, Mr Prashant Kumar Mallick, Mr. Panu Behera,, Ganeswar Singh, Monalisa Patro , Upama Mohanty, Bamdev Jena, Pridarshini  .of PECUC conducted the programme.


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   Weeklong 30th PECUC Sisumela Concluded


The weeklong Children’s festival- 30th PECUC Sisumela has reached its closing day adding another glorious chapter to the history of PECUC Sisumela. Addressing the closing ceremony Chief Guest Justice Sj Biswanath Rath, Honourable Judge Odisha High Court said  we all should work for the development of children. Mr. Saumya Ranjan Pattnaik, Editor, The Sambad and MLA advised the children to remain grateful  to their parents and to take care of them in the old age and the parents also should consider their child’s interest. Mr. Sitanshu Kumar Rout, Collector Khordha empasised that the children should build their character for a greater future. Mr, Ashok Kumar Tripathy, Former  Administrator Ashok Kumar Tripathy, encouraged the children to follow their dream. Our guests from AEIN Luxembourg Francois, Julien and Jeff congratulated the children on the 30th anniversary of UNCRC. Among other Ruby Rout, Country Director, Adoption Centrum,  emphasized on the welfare of the children. They emphasized that all children deserve happy childhood and they should be encouraged to follow their dream. They further stated that all the parent, guardian, citizen, community, Govt. bodies, voluntary organization should come forward to join their hand to create a better environment where every child  should feel safe, secure and well protected. Their natural physical and mental progress should not be hindered by any social, economical and cultural barrier.

This programme was presided over by President, Sisumela Committee and Renowned Journalist Mr. Prodosh Kumar Pattnaik and Mr. Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Secretary, PECUC gave the introductory note. Among others Mrs. Adaramani Boral, chairman PECUC  spoke on the occasion. Vote of Thanks was given by Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director PECUC.

On this occasion children and adults personalities were honoured with many prestigious annual awards for outstanding performance in different fields. Senior Journalist Sj Shital Taranga Beuria  was honoured with prestigious “Swarup Jena Memorial Award 2019 for outstanding contribution in the field of journalism, where as “Abani Baral Memorial Award 2019” to Retd. Teacher Kishor Chandra Paramguru  for his contribution in the field of teaching,  “Sisusathi Award 2019” to Sj. Nrushinha Nath Singh for outstanding contribution for children,  “Prafulla Chandra Dash Memorial Sisu Adhikar Surakshya Award 2019” to SJ Prakash Kumar Rath for his social work, Women PRI Rasmita Patra was given “Aradhana Nanda Smaraki Samman 2019” for his outstanding work as a people’s representative,  “Ketaki Pattnaik Memorial Award 2019”  to Smruti Ranjan Mohanty & Rajeswari Swain  for securing highest mark in scholarship examination,  “Dr. Sarat Chandra Pujari Memorial Award 2019” to Child Artist  Ayesha Shamal for acting, “Prafulla Chandra Das Memorial Sisu Prativa Award 2019”  to Ayusha Pattnaik  for all round achievement , “Baji Rout Memorial Award 2019” to Kumari Shrimati Bandra for bravery and courageous activity,  “Prananath Pattnaik Memorial Award 2019” to a child Kalyani Priyadarshini for social work, Gautam Rath was chosen for “Baby of the Year award 2019”.

Child artists of Cultural groups like Sunrise Public School, BJEM Dance group, Flowers Group,  Navodaya Vidyalaya, Khordha, Sarala Dance Group, performed colourful cultural programme. In this week long children festival help and cooperation was provided by Cultural Department and Labour Department of State Government, Rotary Club RCB Unique, Adoption Centrum, TDH[G], AEIN, OIK, DIK,  SBI, India, IMFA, Canara Bank etc. Mrs. Ratna Dash, Mr. Jyoti Sankar Mohanty, Mr Prashant Kumar Mallick, Mr. Panu Behera, Mr. Ganeswar Singh, Upama Mohanty, Binod Kumar Dash, Dr. Sumitra Mohanty, Monalisa Patra  etc. of PECUC conducted the programme.


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   PECUC’s 30th Sisu Mela: Week Long Children Festival Inaugurated


Bhubaneswar: Children must dream to become successful during early stage of their life and to fulfill the dream they should devote their effort in this direction. All parents, guardians and teachers should come forward to encourage their children in achieving their goal, told by eminent dignitaries while addressing to the Inaugural Ceremony of 30th year Sisu Mela (Children festival week) of People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC), a leading socio-cultural organization at Bhubaneswar.

On Thurseday evening, while inaugurating the weeklong festival of PECUC the guest encouraged the children and emphasized that the children must see dream and they should engage themselves to achieve them.
Inaugurating the 30th PECUC Sisumela Minister of Home, Energy & Industry Captain Dibya Shankar Mishra emphasized that the children should be encouraged to follow their dream. Sri Arun Kumar Sahoo, Minister, Higher Education & Agriculture and farmer empowerment, fisheries and animal resources said that children should not became the machine rather they should spent their childhood in enjoying it to the fullest. MLA Ananta Narayan Jena and MLA Prashant Muduli told about the different schemes and programmes of Government for children.

The inaugural function was chaired by senior journalist and President of PECUC sisumela Sri Pradosh Pattnaik, Mr. Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Secretary, PECUC gave the welcome address and Esecutive Director of PECUC Ms. Anuradha Mohanty gave vote of thanks.

Mr. Niranjan Sahoo, IAS, labour commissioner, Govt. of Odisha emphasized that it is the responsibility of all the elders to ensure smiling on the face of all children, he also said about the recent child labour act provisions & engaging children in labour is a heinous crime. Mr. Sahadev Sahu, Retd IAS, Former Chief Secretary Govt. of Orissa said that dedication, hard work and positive attitude are the key points behind all success and to be a responsible citizen all children should follow these principles. Among other Adaramani Baral, Chairperson, PECUC, Dr. Seba Mohapatra and Ms Anuradha Biswal, Olympian said a happy childhood is the right of every child.
Eminent Actress & 16 year old Bhoomika Dash PECUC’s Goodwill Ambassador for promotion of child rights for the year 2019-2021 discussed about the different challenges the children of today are facing and she also encouraged the children to follow their dreams. 14 year old sports person Anshika Routray, Goodwill Ambassador for Promotion of Right of the Children to Play shows her concerns over the less time to play for children and stressed that the parents should encourage their children for outdoor games as it is necessity for their physical stability.

It was followed by colourful cultural program by Children of KTT group from Dept of culture, Govt of Odisha, Vickey dance group and by Avantika dance group. The program was conducted by Mrs. Ratna Dash, Mr. Prashant Kumar Mallick, Mr. Jyotisankar Mohanty, Mr. Ganeswar Singh of PECUC.
The festival will continue until 20th Nov.


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   PECUC TO OBSERVE 30TH YEAR OF SISUMELA CHILDREN FESTIVAL FROM NOVEMBER 14 TO 20


PECUC TO OBSERVE 30TH YEAR OF SISUMELA CHILDREN FESTIVAL FROM NOVEMBER 14 TO 20


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   PECUC TO OBSERVE 30TH YEAR OF SISUMELA CHILDREN FESTIVAL FROM NOVEMBER 14 TO 20


Bhubaneswar(01/11/2019): This year, People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC) is observing 30th year of Sisumela Children Festival from November 14 to 20, 2019 at Ekamra Haat, Bhubaneswar. There will be mesmerizing cultural performances by children every evening.

Besides, different competitions will also be conducted among children during the festival.

Details about the competitions are available on website-www.pecuc.org.

This apart, eminent personalities and talented children will be honoured for their excellence in various fields.

Interested persons may apply for different awards online through pecucsisumela@gmail.com by November 7. The prestigious Prananath Patnaik Smaraki Samman will be conferred on children below 18 years of age for social service.

Similarly, the Bajirout Smaraki Samman will be conferred for bravery and Sarat Pujari Smaraki Samman will be presented for acting.

The Pilanka Akhaya Samman and Ketaki Patnaik Smaraki Samman will be conferred on children for their success in scholarship examinations and singing, respectively.

Moreover, talented children will be conferred with Praffulla Chandra Das Sisu Prativa Puraskar


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   Cyclone "Fani" Response by PECUC


A change in habbit has been seen in Suryakanta Bhoi aged 12, a regular attendee of Child Friendly Space. He has left the habbit of taking of Pan, Gutka and Bidi and also regular attending the school. Similarly 12 years old Lipasa Bhoi has overcome her fear by coming to this centre and playing with children of her age. Not only Suryakanta or Lipsa but many children were benefited by the Child Friendly Space organized by PECUC.  

On the third of May Cyclone “Fani” ravaged the coast of Odisha. The situation of the people was precarious with thousands of broken trees and broken electric pole disrupting both the land and telephonic communication associated with the problem of water scarcity left the people of capital in a stand still situation. The loss of other things including house, agriculture, livelihood and livestock was beyond imagination. Khordha & Puri district was worst hit. In the advent of cyclone People’s Cultural Centre PECUC had supported community in its operational areas for early warning, in evacuation and also deputed volunteers etc to make people aware about the situation. Continuously supported in the evacuation process and also counseled people in the shelter and looked after their safety. They also coordinated in the block office. PECUC team reached in the field after the cyclone to assess the situation so that immediate relief measure can be undertaken to help people.

As immediate measure Community kitchen were organized in Chacherasabarasahi of Khordha Municipality, Sundarpur, Dashpur and Godibari village of Bhubaneswar block, Purunajinti Bhoisahi, Nabati Bhoisahi and Barijanga Bhoisahi of Balianta block. In total PECUC could able to feed 3760 hungry soul, which was the immediate need of the community as the people mostly being poor and houses being broken were deprived of cooked food for many days. In total PECUC could organize 15 community kitchens. Besides two days community kitchen for 900 people, at Chanrapada village, Nimapada block of Puri district was provided by PECUC.  

A total of 5719 families were supported with food and non food items in 63 villages of Balianta block, 5 villages of Bhubaneswar block, 5 villages of Khodha Municipality and 4 slums of BMC. Temporary shelter 2650 families supported with tarpaulin one piece each, 800 families with double cotton Mosquito net one each, 133 families with 13.30 quintals of rice, 2462 families with 49.24 quintals of dal, 310 families 9.97 quintals of flat rice, 2329 families [for children] 69.87 quintals of Chhatua, 2329 families with 1KG salt each, 1400 children received 1400 pkts of Biscuit, 1693 adolescent girls received 5179 pkts of sanitary napkins, solar lantern support to 140 families, kitchen garden support to 100 families, 1450 plants, 415 schools children of Balinat block received school kit support. Besides 289 families of Mahisha village of Nimapada block of Puri received sanitary kit including mosquito net, Bucket and Mug one set each.

After “Fani” children in Balianta block were most vulnerable. Their houses broken & study materials destroyed they were very much affected by the situation. Schools were also closed during that period for summer vacation. They were traumatized and passing through a period of uncertainty. Considering the situation PECUC set up 12 Child Friendly Space (CFS) at 7 vulnerable places  of Balianta block, 5 at Khordha Municipality to protect children from abuse, violence & exploitation and to provide them a safe space, where they can spent their time without any fear and anxiety. This space was called as Shradha Bhawan. The children were playing there and also taking part in dance, song, and other such fun activities. Their education was also given equally importance in that centre. Counseling support was also provided to the children to recover from the trauma of cyclone. Trained CFS volunteers were there to take care of them and the centre was opening from 9 AM to 4 PM. The children were engaged in a various activities in a very joyful manner. A total of 469 children were coming to CFS on a regular basis. After the school reopened the children were motivated to join school and the CFS now operating in the morning and afternoon before and after school hours. The volunteers are helping the children to cope with the school. CFS was also a success as the children were playing in the centre under the guidance of our trained volunteers their parents get time to repair their house.

Health risk of community as an aftermath of “Fani” increased. Heat wave, fever, diarrhea, cold etc made situation more vulnerable. PECUC organized 20 nos of Health camps in Balinata block. Around 1630 nos people including children, women and older people, attended the health camp   get medicines. Various awareness campaign like on Diarrhea, hand wash, malaria are also organized in this camp. Sanitation drives was also taken up 30 villages of Balianta block, 1 village in Jatani block and 4 villages in the Khordha municipality where bleaching powder also applied near hand pumps, wells, ponds, drains etc and people were made aware about their health and sanitation. PECUC is also conducting repairing work of cyclone affected Ananta Gopal Upper Primary Bidyapitha of Atala village of Balianta block with the support of Help for Children in Need Foundation, Pune, Maharastra. 

However PECUC was not alone in its endeavor, it was supported by its benevolent partner organizations like TDH(G), AEIN, DIK, Adoptions Centrum, Hindusthan Coca Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd., Analog Devices, SGK India Industrial Services (P) Ltd., Singapur Odia Society and many generous personalities. PECUC’s staffs and its Board Members were also contributed to Fani Response programme.


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   Cyclone "Fani" Response by PECUC


Bhubaneswar: Suryakanta Bhoi aged 12, a regular attendee of Child Friendly Space. He has left the habbit of taking of Pan, Gutkha and Bidi and also regular attending the school. Similarly 12 years old Lipasa Bhoi has overcome her fear by coming to this centre and playing with children of her age. Not only Suryakanta or Lipsa but many children were benefited by the Child Friendly Space & back to school.
On the third of May Cyclone “Fani” ravaged the coast of Odisha. The situation of the people was precarious with thousands of broken trees and broken electric pole disrupting both the land and telephonic communication associated with the problem of water scarcity left the people of capital in a stand still situation. The loss of other things including house, agriculture, livelihood and livestock was beyond imagination. Khordha & Puri district was worst hit. In the advent of cyclone People’s Cultural Centre PECUC had supported community in its operational areas for early warning, in evacuation and also deputed volunteers etc to make people aware about the situation. Continuously supported in the evacuation process and also counseled people in the shelter and looked after their safety. They also coordinated in the block office. PECUC team reached in the field after the cyclone to assess the situation so that immediate relief measure can be undertaken to help people.
As immediate measure Community kitchen were organized in Chacherasabarasahi of Khordha Municipality, Sundarpur, Dashpur and Godibari village of Bhubaneswar block, Purunajinti Bhoisahi, Nabati Bhoisahi and Barijanga Bhoisahi of Balianta block. In total PECUC could able to feed 3760 hungry soul, which was the immediate need of the community as the people mostly being poor and houses being broken were deprived of cooked food for many days. In total PECUC could organize 15 community kitchens. Besides two days community kitchen for 900 people, at Chanrapada village, Nimapada block of Puri district was provided by PECUC.
A total of 5719 families were supported with food and non food items in 63 villages of Balianta block, 5 villages of Bhubaneswar block, 5 villages of Khodha Municipality and 4 slums of BMC. Temporary shelter 2650 families supported with tarpaulin one piece each, 800 families with double cotton Mosquito net one each, 133 families with 13.30 quintals of rice, 2462 families with 49.24 quintals of dal, 310 families 9.97 quintals of flat rice, 2329 families [for children] 69.87 quintals of Chhatua, 2329 families with 1KG salt each, 1400 children received 1400 pkts of Biscuit, 1693 adolescent girls received 5179 pkts of sanitary napkins, solar lantern support to 140 families, kitchen garden support to 100 families, 1450 plants, 415 schools children of Balinat block received school kit support. Besides 289 families of Mahisha village of Nimapada block of Puri received sanitary kit including mosquito net, Bucket and Mug one set each.
After “Fani” children in Balianta block were most vulnerable. Their houses broken & study materials destroyed they were very much affected by the situation. Schools were also closed during that period for summer vacation. They were traumatized and passing through a period of uncertainty. Considering the situation PECUC set up 12 Child Friendly Space (CFS) at 7 vulnerable places of Balianta block, 5 at Khordha Municipality to protect children from abuse, violence & exploitation and to provide them a safe space, where they can spent their time without any fear and anxiety. This space was called as Shradha Bhawan. The children were playing there and also taking part in dance, song, and other such fun activities. Their education was also given equally importance in that centre. Counseling support was also provided to the children to recover from the trauma of cyclone. Trained CFS volunteers were there to take care of them and the centre was opening from 9 AM to 4 PM. The children were engaged in a various activities in a very joyful manner. A total of 469 children were coming to CFS on a regular basis. After the school reopened the children were motivated to join school and the CFS now operating in the morning and afternoon before and after school hours. The volunteers are helping the children to cope with the school. CFS was also a success as the children were playing in the centre under the guidance of our trained volunteers their parents get time to repair their house.
Health risk of community as an aftermath of “Fani” increased. Heat wave, fever, diarrhea, cold etc made situation more vulnerable. PECUC organized 20 nos of Health camps in Balinata block. Around 1630 nos people including children, women and older people, attended the health camp get medicines. Various awareness campaign like on Diarrhea, hand wash, malaria are also organized in this camp. Sanitation drives was also taken up 30 villages of Balianta block, 1 village in Jatani block and 4 villages in the Khordha municipality where bleaching powder also applied near hand pumps, wells, ponds, drains etc and people were made aware about their health and sanitation. PECUC is also conducting repairing work of cyclone affected Ananta Gopal Upper Primary Bidyapitha of Atala village of Balianta block with the support of Help for Children in Need Foundation, Pune, Maharastra.
However PECUC was not alone in its endeavor, it was supported by its benevolent partner organizations like TDH(G), AEIN, DIK, Adoptions Centrum, Hindusthan Coca Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd., Analog Devices, SGK India Industrial Services (P) Ltd., Singapur Odia Society and many generous personalities. PECUC’s staffs and its Board Members were also contributed to Fani Response programme.


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   Cyclone "Fani" Response by PECUC


Bhubaneswar: Suryakanta Bhoi aged 12, a regular attendee of Child Friendly Space. He has left the habbit of taking of Pan, Gutkha and Bidi and also regular attending the school. Similarly 12 years old Lipasa Bhoi has overcome her fear by coming to this centre and playing with children of her age. Not only Suryakanta or Lipsa but many children were benefited by the Child Friendly Space & back to school.
On the third of May Cyclone “Fani” ravaged the coast of Odisha. The situation of the people was precarious with thousands of broken trees and broken electric pole disrupting both the land and telephonic communication associated with the problem of water scarcity left the people of capital in a stand still situation. The loss of other things including house, agriculture, livelihood and livestock was beyond imagination. Khordha & Puri district was worst hit. In the advent of cyclone People’s Cultural Centre PECUC had supported community in its operational areas for early warning, in evacuation and also deputed volunteers etc to make people aware about the situation. Continuously supported in the evacuation process and also counseled people in the shelter and looked after their safety. They also coordinated in the block office. PECUC team reached in the field after the cyclone to assess the situation so that immediate relief measure can be undertaken to help people.
As immediate measure Community kitchen were organized in Chacherasabarasahi of Khordha Municipality, Sundarpur, Dashpur and Godibari village of Bhubaneswar block, Purunajinti Bhoisahi, Nabati Bhoisahi and Barijanga Bhoisahi of Balianta block. In total PECUC could able to feed 3760 hungry soul, which was the immediate need of the community as the people mostly being poor and houses being broken were deprived of cooked food for many days. In total PECUC could organize 15 community kitchens. Besides two days community kitchen for 900 people, at Chanrapada village, Nimapada block of Puri district was provided by PECUC.
A total of 5719 families were supported with food and non food items in 63 villages of Balianta block, 5 villages of Bhubaneswar block, 5 villages of Khodha Municipality and 4 slums of BMC. Temporary shelter 2650 families supported with tarpaulin one piece each, 800 families with double cotton Mosquito net one each, 133 families with 13.30 quintals of rice, 2462 families with 49.24 quintals of dal, 310 families 9.97 quintals of flat rice, 2329 families [for children] 69.87 quintals of Chhatua, 2329 families with 1KG salt each, 1400 children received 1400 pkts of Biscuit, 1693 adolescent girls received 5179 pkts of sanitary napkins, solar lantern support to 140 families, kitchen garden support to 100 families, 1450 plants, 415 schools children of Balinat block received school kit support. Besides 289 families of Mahisha village of Nimapada block of Puri received sanitary kit including mosquito net, Bucket and Mug one set each.
After “Fani” children in Balianta block were most vulnerable. Their houses broken & study materials destroyed they were very much affected by the situation. Schools were also closed during that period for summer vacation. They were traumatized and passing through a period of uncertainty. Considering the situation PECUC set up 12 Child Friendly Space (CFS) at 7 vulnerable places of Balianta block, 5 at Khordha Municipality to protect children from abuse, violence & exploitation and to provide them a safe space, where they can spent their time without any fear and anxiety. This space was called as Shradha Bhawan. The children were playing there and also taking part in dance, song, and other such fun activities. Their education was also given equally importance in that centre. Counseling support was also provided to the children to recover from the trauma of cyclone. Trained CFS volunteers were there to take care of them and the centre was opening from 9 AM to 4 PM. The children were engaged in a various activities in a very joyful manner. A total of 469 children were coming to CFS on a regular basis. After the school reopened the children were motivated to join school and the CFS now operating in the morning and afternoon before and after school hours. The volunteers are helping the children to cope with the school. CFS was also a success as the children were playing in the centre under the guidance of our trained volunteers their parents get time to repair their house.
Health risk of community as an aftermath of “Fani” increased. Heat wave, fever, diarrhea, cold etc made situation more vulnerable. PECUC organized 20 nos of Health camps in Balinata block. Around 1630 nos people including children, women and older people, attended the health camp get medicines. Various awareness campaign like on Diarrhea, hand wash, malaria are also organized in this camp. Sanitation drives was also taken up 30 villages of Balianta block, 1 village in Jatani block and 4 villages in the Khordha municipality where bleaching powder also applied near hand pumps, wells, ponds, drains etc and people were made aware about their health and sanitation. PECUC is also conducting repairing work of cyclone affected Ananta Gopal Upper Primary Bidyapitha of Atala village of Balianta block with the support of Help for Children in Need Foundation, Pune, Maharastra.
However PECUC was not alone in its endeavor, it was supported by its benevolent partner organizations like TDH(G), AEIN, DIK, Adoptions Centrum, Hindusthan Coca Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd., Analog Devices, SGK India Industrial Services (P) Ltd., Singapur Odia Society and many generous personalities. PECUC’s staffs and its Board Members were also contributed to Fani Response programme.


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   Cyclone "Fani" Response by PECUC


Bhubaneswar: Suryakanta Bhoi aged 12, a regular attendee of Child Friendly Space. He has left the habbit of taking of Pan, Gutkha and Bidi and also regular attending the school. Similarly 12 years old Lipasa Bhoi has overcome her fear by coming to this centre and playing with children of her age. Not only Suryakanta or Lipsa but many children were benefited by the Child Friendly Space & back to school.
On the third of May Cyclone “Fani” ravaged the coast of Odisha. The situation of the people was precarious with thousands of broken trees and broken electric pole disrupting both the land and telephonic communication associated with the problem of water scarcity left the people of capital in a stand still situation. The loss of other things including house, agriculture, livelihood and livestock was beyond imagination. Khordha & Puri district was worst hit. In the advent of cyclone People’s Cultural Centre PECUC had supported community in its operational areas for early warning, in evacuation and also deputed volunteers etc to make people aware about the situation. Continuously supported in the evacuation process and also counseled people in the shelter and looked after their safety. They also coordinated in the block office. PECUC team reached in the field after the cyclone to assess the situation so that immediate relief measure can be undertaken to help people.
As immediate measure Community kitchen were organized in Chacherasabarasahi of Khordha Municipality, Sundarpur, Dashpur and Godibari village of Bhubaneswar block, Purunajinti Bhoisahi, Nabati Bhoisahi and Barijanga Bhoisahi of Balianta block. In total PECUC could able to feed 3760 hungry soul, which was the immediate need of the community as the people mostly being poor and houses being broken were deprived of cooked food for many days. In total PECUC could organize 15 community kitchens. Besides two days community kitchen for 900 people, at Chanrapada village, Nimapada block of Puri district was provided by PECUC.
A total of 5719 families were supported with food and non food items in 63 villages of Balianta block, 5 villages of Bhubaneswar block, 5 villages of Khodha Municipality and 4 slums of BMC. Temporary shelter 2650 families supported with tarpaulin one piece each, 800 families with double cotton Mosquito net one each, 133 families with 13.30 quintals of rice, 2462 families with 49.24 quintals of dal, 310 families 9.97 quintals of flat rice, 2329 families [for children] 69.87 quintals of Chhatua, 2329 families with 1KG salt each, 1400 children received 1400 pkts of Biscuit, 1693 adolescent girls received 5179 pkts of sanitary napkins, solar lantern support to 140 families, kitchen garden support to 100 families, 1450 plants, 415 schools children of Balinat block received school kit support. Besides 289 families of Mahisha village of Nimapada block of Puri received sanitary kit including mosquito net, Bucket and Mug one set each.
After “Fani” children in Balianta block were most vulnerable. Their houses broken & study materials destroyed they were very much affected by the situation. Schools were also closed during that period for summer vacation. They were traumatized and passing through a period of uncertainty. Considering the situation PECUC set up 12 Child Friendly Space (CFS) at 7 vulnerable places of Balianta block, 5 at Khordha Municipality to protect children from abuse, violence & exploitation and to provide them a safe space, where they can spent their time without any fear and anxiety. This space was called as Shradha Bhawan. The children were playing there and also taking part in dance, song, and other such fun activities. Their education was also given equally importance in that centre. Counseling support was also provided to the children to recover from the trauma of cyclone. Trained CFS volunteers were there to take care of them and the centre was opening from 9 AM to 4 PM. The children were engaged in a various activities in a very joyful manner. A total of 469 children were coming to CFS on a regular basis. After the school reopened the children were motivated to join school and the CFS now operating in the morning and afternoon before and after school hours. The volunteers are helping the children to cope with the school. CFS was also a success as the children were playing in the centre under the guidance of our trained volunteers their parents get time to repair their house.
Health risk of community as an aftermath of “Fani” increased. Heat wave, fever, diarrhea, cold etc made situation more vulnerable. PECUC organized 20 nos of Health camps in Balinata block. Around 1630 nos people including children, women and older people, attended the health camp get medicines. Various awareness campaign like on Diarrhea, hand wash, malaria are also organized in this camp. Sanitation drives was also taken up 30 villages of Balianta block, 1 village in Jatani block and 4 villages in the Khordha municipality where bleaching powder also applied near hand pumps, wells, ponds, drains etc and people were made aware about their health and sanitation. PECUC is also conducting repairing work of cyclone affected Ananta Gopal Upper Primary Bidyapitha of Atala village of Balianta block with the support of Help for Children in Need Foundation, Pune, Maharastra.
However PECUC was not alone in its endeavor, it was supported by its benevolent partner organizations like TDH(G), AEIN, DIK, Adoptions Centrum, Hindusthan Coca Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd., Analog Devices, SGK India Industrial Services (P) Ltd., Singapur Odia Society and many generous personalities. PECUC’s staffs and its Board Members were also contributed to Fani Response programme.


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   Cyclone "Fani" Response by PECUC


Bhubaneswar: Suryakanta Bhoi aged 12, a regular attendee of Child Friendly Space. He has left the habbit of taking of Pan, Gutkha and Bidi and also regular attending the school. Similarly 12 years old Lipasa Bhoi has overcome her fear by coming to this centre and playing with children of her age. Not only Suryakanta or Lipsa but many children were benefited by the Child Friendly Space & back to school.
On the third of May Cyclone “Fani” ravaged the coast of Odisha. The situation of the people was precarious with thousands of broken trees and broken electric pole disrupting both the land and telephonic communication associated with the problem of water scarcity left the people of capital in a stand still situation. The loss of other things including house, agriculture, livelihood and livestock was beyond imagination. Khordha & Puri district was worst hit. In the advent of cyclone People’s Cultural Centre PECUC had supported community in its operational areas for early warning, in evacuation and also deputed volunteers etc to make people aware about the situation. Continuously supported in the evacuation process and also counseled people in the shelter and looked after their safety. They also coordinated in the block office. PECUC team reached in the field after the cyclone to assess the situation so that immediate relief measure can be undertaken to help people.
As immediate measure Community kitchen were organized in Chacherasabarasahi of Khordha Municipality, Sundarpur, Dashpur and Godibari village of Bhubaneswar block, Purunajinti Bhoisahi, Nabati Bhoisahi and Barijanga Bhoisahi of Balianta block. In total PECUC could able to feed 3760 hungry soul, which was the immediate need of the community as the people mostly being poor and houses being broken were deprived of cooked food for many days. In total PECUC could organize 15 community kitchens. Besides two days community kitchen for 900 people, at Chanrapada village, Nimapada block of Puri district was provided by PECUC.
A total of 5719 families were supported with food and non food items in 63 villages of Balianta block, 5 villages of Bhubaneswar block, 5 villages of Khodha Municipality and 4 slums of BMC. Temporary shelter 2650 families supported with tarpaulin one piece each, 800 families with double cotton Mosquito net one each, 133 families with 13.30 quintals of rice, 2462 families with 49.24 quintals of dal, 310 families 9.97 quintals of flat rice, 2329 families [for children] 69.87 quintals of Chhatua, 2329 families with 1KG salt each, 1400 children received 1400 pkts of Biscuit, 1693 adolescent girls received 5179 pkts of sanitary napkins, solar lantern support to 140 families, kitchen garden support to 100 families, 1450 plants, 415 schools children of Balinat block received school kit support. Besides 289 families of Mahisha village of Nimapada block of Puri received sanitary kit including mosquito net, Bucket and Mug one set each.
After “Fani” children in Balianta block were most vulnerable. Their houses broken & study materials destroyed they were very much affected by the situation. Schools were also closed during that period for summer vacation. They were traumatized and passing through a period of uncertainty. Considering the situation PECUC set up 12 Child Friendly Space (CFS) at 7 vulnerable places of Balianta block, 5 at Khordha Municipality to protect children from abuse, violence & exploitation and to provide them a safe space, where they can spent their time without any fear and anxiety. This space was called as Shradha Bhawan. The children were playing there and also taking part in dance, song, and other such fun activities. Their education was also given equally importance in that centre. Counseling support was also provided to the children to recover from the trauma of cyclone. Trained CFS volunteers were there to take care of them and the centre was opening from 9 AM to 4 PM. The children were engaged in a various activities in a very joyful manner. A total of 469 children were coming to CFS on a regular basis. After the school reopened the children were motivated to join school and the CFS now operating in the morning and afternoon before and after school hours. The volunteers are helping the children to cope with the school. CFS was also a success as the children were playing in the centre under the guidance of our trained volunteers their parents get time to repair their house.
Health risk of community as an aftermath of “Fani” increased. Heat wave, fever, diarrhea, cold etc made situation more vulnerable. PECUC organized 20 nos of Health camps in Balinata block. Around 1630 nos people including children, women and older people, attended the health camp get medicines. Various awareness campaign like on Diarrhea, hand wash, malaria are also organized in this camp. Sanitation drives was also taken up 30 villages of Balianta block, 1 village in Jatani block and 4 villages in the Khordha municipality where bleaching powder also applied near hand pumps, wells, ponds, drains etc and people were made aware about their health and sanitation. PECUC is also conducting repairing work of cyclone affected Ananta Gopal Upper Primary Bidyapitha of Atala village of Balianta block with the support of Help for Children in Need Foundation, Pune, Maharastra.
However PECUC was not alone in its endeavor, it was supported by its benevolent partner organizations like TDH(G), AEIN, DIK, Adoptions Centrum, Hindusthan Coca Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd., Analog Devices, SGK India Industrial Services (P) Ltd., Singapur Odia Society and many generous personalities. PECUC’s staffs and its Board Members were also contributed to Fani Response programme.


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   Cyclone "Fani" Response by PECUC


Bhubaneswar: Suryakanta Bhoi aged 12, a regular attendee of Child Friendly Space. He has left the habbit of taking of Pan, Gutkha and Bidi and also regular attending the school. Similarly 12 years old Lipasa Bhoi has overcome her fear by coming to this centre and playing with children of her age. Not only Suryakanta or Lipsa but many children were benefited by the Child Friendly Space & back to school.
On the third of May Cyclone “Fani” ravaged the coast of Odisha. The situation of the people was precarious with thousands of broken trees and broken electric pole disrupting both the land and telephonic communication associated with the problem of water scarcity left the people of capital in a stand still situation. The loss of other things including house, agriculture, livelihood and livestock was beyond imagination. Khordha & Puri district was worst hit. In the advent of cyclone People’s Cultural Centre PECUC had supported community in its operational areas for early warning, in evacuation and also deputed volunteers etc to make people aware about the situation. Continuously supported in the evacuation process and also counseled people in the shelter and looked after their safety. They also coordinated in the block office. PECUC team reached in the field after the cyclone to assess the situation so that immediate relief measure can be undertaken to help people.
As immediate measure Community kitchen were organized in Chacherasabarasahi of Khordha Municipality, Sundarpur, Dashpur and Godibari village of Bhubaneswar block, Purunajinti Bhoisahi, Nabati Bhoisahi and Barijanga Bhoisahi of Balianta block. In total PECUC could able to feed 3760 hungry soul, which was the immediate need of the community as the people mostly being poor and houses being broken were deprived of cooked food for many days. In total PECUC could organize 15 community kitchens. Besides two days community kitchen for 900 people, at Chanrapada village, Nimapada block of Puri district was provided by PECUC.
A total of 5719 families were supported with food and non food items in 63 villages of Balianta block, 5 villages of Bhubaneswar block, 5 villages of Khodha Municipality and 4 slums of BMC. Temporary shelter 2650 families supported with tarpaulin one piece each, 800 families with double cotton Mosquito net one each, 133 families with 13.30 quintals of rice, 2462 families with 49.24 quintals of dal, 310 families 9.97 quintals of flat rice, 2329 families [for children] 69.87 quintals of Chhatua, 2329 families with 1KG salt each, 1400 children received 1400 pkts of Biscuit, 1693 adolescent girls received 5179 pkts of sanitary napkins, solar lantern support to 140 families, kitchen garden support to 100 families, 1450 plants, 415 schools children of Balinat block received school kit support. Besides 289 families of Mahisha village of Nimapada block of Puri received sanitary kit including mosquito net, Bucket and Mug one set each.
After “Fani” children in Balianta block were most vulnerable. Their houses broken & study materials destroyed they were very much affected by the situation. Schools were also closed during that period for summer vacation. They were traumatized and passing through a period of uncertainty. Considering the situation PECUC set up 12 Child Friendly Space (CFS) at 7 vulnerable places of Balianta block, 5 at Khordha Municipality to protect children from abuse, violence & exploitation and to provide them a safe space, where they can spent their time without any fear and anxiety. This space was called as Shradha Bhawan. The children were playing there and also taking part in dance, song, and other such fun activities. Their education was also given equally importance in that centre. Counseling support was also provided to the children to recover from the trauma of cyclone. Trained CFS volunteers were there to take care of them and the centre was opening from 9 AM to 4 PM. The children were engaged in a various activities in a very joyful manner. A total of 469 children were coming to CFS on a regular basis. After the school reopened the children were motivated to join school and the CFS now operating in the morning and afternoon before and after school hours. The volunteers are helping the children to cope with the school. CFS was also a success as the children were playing in the centre under the guidance of our trained volunteers their parents get time to repair their house.
Health risk of community as an aftermath of “Fani” increased. Heat wave, fever, diarrhea, cold etc made situation more vulnerable. PECUC organized 20 nos of Health camps in Balinata block. Around 1630 nos people including children, women and older people, attended the health camp get medicines. Various awareness campaign like on Diarrhea, hand wash, malaria are also organized in this camp. Sanitation drives was also taken up 30 villages of Balianta block, 1 village in Jatani block and 4 villages in the Khordha municipality where bleaching powder also applied near hand pumps, wells, ponds, drains etc and people were made aware about their health and sanitation. PECUC is also conducting repairing work of cyclone affected Ananta Gopal Upper Primary Bidyapitha of Atala village of Balianta block with the support of Help for Children in Need Foundation, Pune, Maharastra.
However PECUC was not alone in its endeavor, it was supported by its benevolent partner organizations like TDH(G), AEIN, DIK, Adoptions Centrum, Hindusthan Coca Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd., Analog Devices, SGK India Industrial Services (P) Ltd., Singapur Odia Society and many generous personalities. PECUC’s staffs and its Board Members were also contributed to Fani Response programme.


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   Cyclone "Fani" Response by PECUC


Bhubaneswar: Suryakanta Bhoi aged 12, a regular attendee of Child Friendly Space. He has left the habbit of taking of Pan, Gutkha and Bidi and also regular attending the school. Similarly 12 years old Lipasa Bhoi has overcome her fear by coming to this centre and playing with children of her age. Not only Suryakanta or Lipsa but many children were benefited by the Child Friendly Space & back to school.
On the third of May Cyclone “Fani” ravaged the coast of Odisha. The situation of the people was precarious with thousands of broken trees and broken electric pole disrupting both the land and telephonic communication associated with the problem of water scarcity left the people of capital in a stand still situation. The loss of other things including house, agriculture, livelihood and livestock was beyond imagination. Khordha & Puri district was worst hit. In the advent of cyclone People’s Cultural Centre PECUC had supported community in its operational areas for early warning, in evacuation and also deputed volunteers etc to make people aware about the situation. Continuously supported in the evacuation process and also counseled people in the shelter and looked after their safety. They also coordinated in the block office. PECUC team reached in the field after the cyclone to assess the situation so that immediate relief measure can be undertaken to help people.
As immediate measure Community kitchen were organized in Chacherasabarasahi of Khordha Municipality, Sundarpur, Dashpur and Godibari village of Bhubaneswar block, Purunajinti Bhoisahi, Nabati Bhoisahi and Barijanga Bhoisahi of Balianta block. In total PECUC could able to feed 3760 hungry soul, which was the immediate need of the community as the people mostly being poor and houses being broken were deprived of cooked food for many days. In total PECUC could organize 15 community kitchens. Besides two days community kitchen for 900 people, at Chanrapada village, Nimapada block of Puri district was provided by PECUC.
A total of 5719 families were supported with food and non food items in 63 villages of Balianta block, 5 villages of Bhubaneswar block, 5 villages of Khodha Municipality and 4 slums of BMC. Temporary shelter 2650 families supported with tarpaulin one piece each, 800 families with double cotton Mosquito net one each, 133 families with 13.30 quintals of rice, 2462 families with 49.24 quintals of dal, 310 families 9.97 quintals of flat rice, 2329 families [for children] 69.87 quintals of Chhatua, 2329 families with 1KG salt each, 1400 children received 1400 pkts of Biscuit, 1693 adolescent girls received 5179 pkts of sanitary napkins, solar lantern support to 140 families, kitchen garden support to 100 families, 1450 plants, 415 schools children of Balinat block received school kit support. Besides 289 families of Mahisha village of Nimapada block of Puri received sanitary kit including mosquito net, Bucket and Mug one set each.
After “Fani” children in Balianta block were most vulnerable. Their houses broken & study materials destroyed they were very much affected by the situation. Schools were also closed during that period for summer vacation. They were traumatized and passing through a period of uncertainty. Considering the situation PECUC set up 12 Child Friendly Space (CFS) at 7 vulnerable places of Balianta block, 5 at Khordha Municipality to protect children from abuse, violence & exploitation and to provide them a safe space, where they can spent their time without any fear and anxiety. This space was called as Shradha Bhawan. The children were playing there and also taking part in dance, song, and other such fun activities. Their education was also given equally importance in that centre. Counseling support was also provided to the children to recover from the trauma of cyclone. Trained CFS volunteers were there to take care of them and the centre was opening from 9 AM to 4 PM. The children were engaged in a various activities in a very joyful manner. A total of 469 children were coming to CFS on a regular basis. After the school reopened the children were motivated to join school and the CFS now operating in the morning and afternoon before and after school hours. The volunteers are helping the children to cope with the school. CFS was also a success as the children were playing in the centre under the guidance of our trained volunteers their parents get time to repair their house.
Health risk of community as an aftermath of “Fani” increased. Heat wave, fever, diarrhea, cold etc made situation more vulnerable. PECUC organized 20 nos of Health camps in Balinata block. Around 1630 nos people including children, women and older people, attended the health camp get medicines. Various awareness campaign like on Diarrhea, hand wash, malaria are also organized in this camp. Sanitation drives was also taken up 30 villages of Balianta block, 1 village in Jatani block and 4 villages in the Khordha municipality where bleaching powder also applied near hand pumps, wells, ponds, drains etc and people were made aware about their health and sanitation. PECUC is also conducting repairing work of cyclone affected Ananta Gopal Upper Primary Bidyapitha of Atala village of Balianta block with the support of Help for Children in Need Foundation, Pune, Maharastra.
However PECUC was not alone in its endeavor, it was supported by its benevolent partner organizations like TDH(G), AEIN, DIK, Adoptions Centrum, Hindusthan Coca Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd., Analog Devices, SGK India Industrial Services (P) Ltd., Singapur Odia Society and many generous personalities. PECUC’s staffs and its Board Members were also contributed to Fani Response programme.


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   ହିଂସା ଓ ନିଶାମୁକ୍ତ ପଞ୍ଚାୟତ


ହିଂସା ଓ ନିଶାମୁକ୍ତ ପଞ୍ଚାୟତ ଗଠନ ଲାଗି ମହିଳା ଲୋକ ପ୍ରତିନିଧିମାନଙ୍କୁ ନେଇ ଗଠିତ ମହାସଂଘ ଅଲିଭା ଫେଡେରେସନ ତାହାର ଉଦ୍ୟମ ଜାରି ରଖିଛି । ଆଗାମୀ ଦିନରେ ଅଧିକରୁ ଅଧିକ ମହିଳା ଲୋକ ପ୍ରତିନିଧିଙ୍କୁ ଏଥିରେ ସାମିଲ କରାଯିବ ବୋଲି ଆଜି ଏଠାରେ ମହିଳା ଲୋକପ୍ରତିନିଧି ଓ ଗଣମାଧ୍ୟମକୁ ନେଇ ଆୟୋଜିତ କର୍ମଶାଳାରେ କୁହାଯାଇଛି ।

ସ୍ୱେଚ୍ଛାସେବୀ ସଂଗଠନ ପିପୁଲ୍‍ସ କଲଚରାଲ ସେଣ୍ଟର (ପିକକ୍‍) ଓ ଦି ହଙ୍ଗର ପ୍ରୋଜେକ୍ଟର ମିଳିତ ସହାୟତାରେ ଆୟୋଜିତ ଏହି କର୍ମଶାଳାରେ ବାଲିଅନ୍ତା ଓ ବୋଲଗଡ ବ୍ଲକର ମହିଳା ଲୋକପ୍ରତିନିଧିମାନେ ଯୋଗ ଦେଇଥିଲେ । ବାଲିଅନ୍ତା ବ୍ଲକ ଅଲିଭା ଫେଡେରେସନର ସଭାପତି ତଥା ବେଣୁପୁର ସରପଞ୍ଚ ରଶ୍ମିତା ପାତ୍ର, ବୋଲଗଡ ଅଲିଭା ସଭାପତି ତଥା ବୋଲଗଡ ସରପଞ୍ଚ ବବିତା ସାହୁ, ପିକକ୍‍ର କାର୍ଯ୍ୟନିର୍ବାହୀ ନିର୍ଦ୍ଦେଶିକା ଅନୁରାଧା ମହାନ୍ତି ଓ ପିକ୍‍କର ମିନାକ୍ଷୀ ପଣ୍ଡା ପ୍ରମୁଖ ଉପସ୍ଥିତ ଥିଲେ ।

ଉପସ୍ଥିତ ମହିଳା ଲୋକପ୍ରତିନିଧିମାନଙ୍କୁ ଉଦ୍‍ବୋଧନ ଦେଇ ଶ୍ରୀମତୀ ମହାନ୍ତି ଶାସନ ବ୍ୟବସ୍ଥାରେ ମହିଳା ପ୍ରତିନିଧିମାନେ ନିଜ ସାମିଲ ହେବାକୁ ଆହ୍ୱାନ ଦେଇଥିଲେ । ସେ କହିଥିଲେ ଯେ ବାଲିଅନ୍ତା ଓ ବୋଲଗଡର ୨୩ଟି ପଞ୍ଚାୟତର ୨୨୩ ଜଣ ମହିଳା ଲୋକପ୍ରତିନିଧି ଏହି ଅଭିଯାନରେ ସାମିଲ ଅଛନ୍ତି ।

ମହିଳା ଲୋକ ପ୍ରତିନିଧିମାନେ କିଭଳି ସରକାରୀ କାର୍ଯ୍ୟବ୍ୟବସ୍ଥା ବିଶେଷକରି ପଞ୍ଚାୟତର ଅର୍ଥ ପରିଚାଳନା ସଂକ୍ରାନ୍ତରେ ଭଲଭାବେ ବୁଝି ଉନ୍ନୟନ କାର୍ଯ୍ୟକୁ ଆଗକୁ ନେବେ ସେ ସଂକ୍ରାନ୍ତରେ ସେମାନଙ୍କୁ ତାଲିମ ପ୍ରଦାନ କରାଯାଉଛି ।

କର୍ମଶାଳାରେ ଉପସ୍ଥିତି ମହିଳା ପ୍ରତିନିଧିମାନେ ସେମାନଙ୍କର ସଫଳତାର ଅଭିଜ୍ଞତା ବର୍ଣ୍ଣନା କରିଥିଲେ । ବେଣୁପୁର ସରପଞ୍ଚ ଶ୍ରୀମତୀ ପାତ୍ର ନିଜ ଅଞ୍ଚଳକୁ ନିଶାମୁକ୍ତ କରିଥିବାବେଲେ ଏଥିପାଇଁ ପିକକ୍‍ ସେମାନଙ୍କୁ ସାହସ ଯୋଗାଉଥିବା କହିଥିଲେ ।

ବୋଲଗଡ ସରପଞ୍ଚ ବବିତା ସାହୁ ନାରୀ ନିର୍ଯ୍ୟାତା ଓ ବାଲ୍ୟ ବିବାହ ରୋକିବା କ୍ଷେତ୍ରରେ ଅଲିଭା ଫାଉଣ୍ଡେସନର କାର୍ଯ୍ୟ ସଂକ୍ରାନ୍ତରେ ଉଲ୍ଲେଖ କରିଥିଲେ । ସତ୍ୟଭାମାପୁରର ନାଏବ ସରପଞ୍ଚ ସାବିତ୍ରୀ ସାହୁ ନିଜସ୍ୱ ଉଦ୍ୟମରେ ଘରୋଇ ହିଂସାର ସମାଧାନ, ଭଇଁଚୁଆ ପଞ୍ଚାୟତର ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ଲକ୍ଷ୍ମୀପ୍ରିୟା ସାହୁ ବାଲ୍ୟବିବାହ ରୋକିବା, ବାଲିଅନ୍ତାର ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ବିଜୟିନୀ ପାତ୍ର ବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟରେ ଥିବା ଅସୁବିଧାକୁ ଦୂର କରିବା ସହିତ ଘରୋଇ ହିଂସା ରୋକିବା ଓ ଆବଶ୍ୟକ ସ୍ଥାନରେ ନଳକୂପ ଖନନ କରିଥିବା କହିଥିଲେ ।

ପୂରଣ ପଞ୍ଚାୟତର ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ସ୍ୱପ୍ନା ଭୋଇ ନିଜ ଅଞ୍ଚଳର ସମସ୍ତ ପିଲାଙ୍କୁ ବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟକୁ ପଠାଇବା ସହିତ ଜଣେ ଦୁଃସ୍ଥ କର୍କଟରୋଗୀଙ୍କୁ ସହାୟତା କରିଥିବା ଦର୍ଶାଇଥିଲେ । ସେହି ପଞ୍ଚାୟତର ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ଶାନ୍ତିଲତା ପ୍ରଧାନ ଭିନ୍ନକ୍ଷମଙ୍କୁ ସରକାରୀ ସହାୟତା କରିଥିବାବେଳେ ଭିଙ୍ଗାରପୁରର ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ଗୀତାଞ୍ଜଳୀ ଦାସ ଜଣେ ଗରିବ ଲୋକଙ୍କୁ ସରକାରୀ ଘର ପାଇବାରେ ଉପୁଜିଥିବା ପ୍ରତିବନ୍ଧକ ଦର୍ଶାଇଥିଲେ ।

ପୁରୁଷଙ୍କ ପ୍ରତିଦ୍ୱନ୍ଦୀଙ୍କ ସହିତ ଲଢି ବିଜୟୀ ହୋଇଥିବା ବୋଲଗଡ ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ଅଞ୍ଜନା ସ୍ୱାଇଁ ଯୋଜନାରୁ ବାଦ୍‍ ପଡିଥିବା ହିତାଧିକାରୀଙ୍କୁ ଭତ୍ତା ପ୍ରଦାନ କରିଥିବା କହିଥିଲେ । ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ପୁଷ୍ପଲତା ପାଇକରାୟ ନିଜ ଅଞ୍ଚଳରେ ଜଳ ସମସ୍ୟାର ସମାଧାନ କଥା କହିଥିଲେ ।  


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   ହିଂସା ଓ ନିଶାମୁକ୍ତ ପଞ୍ଚାୟତ


ହିଂସା ଓ ନିଶାମୁକ୍ତ ପଞ୍ଚାୟତ ଗଠନ ଲାଗି ମହିଳା ଲୋକ ପ୍ରତିନିଧିମାନଙ୍କୁ ନେଇ ଗଠିତ ମହାସଂଘ ଅଲିଭା ଫେଡେରେସନ ତାହାର ଉଦ୍ୟମ ଜାରି ରଖିଛି । ଆଗାମୀ ଦିନରେ ଅଧିକରୁ ଅଧିକ ମହିଳା ଲୋକ ପ୍ରତିନିଧିଙ୍କୁ ଏଥିରେ ସାମିଲ କରାଯିବ ବୋଲି ଆଜି ଏଠାରେ ମହିଳା ଲୋକପ୍ରତିନିଧି ଓ ଗଣମାଧ୍ୟମକୁ ନେଇ ଆୟୋଜିତ କର୍ମଶାଳାରେ କୁହାଯାଇଛି ।

ସ୍ୱେଚ୍ଛାସେବୀ ସଂଗଠନ ପିପୁଲ୍‍ସ କଲଚରାଲ ସେଣ୍ଟର (ପିକକ୍‍) ଓ ଦି ହଙ୍ଗର ପ୍ରୋଜେକ୍ଟର ମିଳିତ ସହାୟତାରେ ଆୟୋଜିତ ଏହି କର୍ମଶାଳାରେ ବାଲିଅନ୍ତା ଓ ବୋଲଗଡ ବ୍ଲକର ମହିଳା ଲୋକପ୍ରତିନିଧିମାନେ ଯୋଗ ଦେଇଥିଲେ । ବାଲିଅନ୍ତା ବ୍ଲକ ଅଲିଭା ଫେଡେରେସନର ସଭାପତି ତଥା ବେଣୁପୁର ସରପଞ୍ଚ ରଶ୍ମିତା ପାତ୍ର, ବୋଲଗଡ ଅଲିଭା ସଭାପତି ତଥା ବୋଲଗଡ ସରପଞ୍ଚ ବବିତା ସାହୁ, ପିକକ୍‍ର କାର୍ଯ୍ୟନିର୍ବାହୀ ନିର୍ଦ୍ଦେଶିକା ଅନୁରାଧା ମହାନ୍ତି ଓ ପିକ୍‍କର ମିନାକ୍ଷୀ ପଣ୍ଡା ପ୍ରମୁଖ ଉପସ୍ଥିତ ଥିଲେ ।

ଉପସ୍ଥିତ ମହିଳା ଲୋକପ୍ରତିନିଧିମାନଙ୍କୁ ଉଦ୍‍ବୋଧନ ଦେଇ ଶ୍ରୀମତୀ ମହାନ୍ତି ଶାସନ ବ୍ୟବସ୍ଥାରେ ମହିଳା ପ୍ରତିନିଧିମାନେ ନିଜ ସାମିଲ ହେବାକୁ ଆହ୍ୱାନ ଦେଇଥିଲେ । ସେ କହିଥିଲେ ଯେ ବାଲିଅନ୍ତା ଓ ବୋଲଗଡର ୨୩ଟି ପଞ୍ଚାୟତର ୨୨୩ ଜଣ ମହିଳା ଲୋକପ୍ରତିନିଧି ଏହି ଅଭିଯାନରେ ସାମିଲ ଅଛନ୍ତି ।

ମହିଳା ଲୋକ ପ୍ରତିନିଧିମାନେ କିଭଳି ସରକାରୀ କାର୍ଯ୍ୟବ୍ୟବସ୍ଥା ବିଶେଷକରି ପଞ୍ଚାୟତର ଅର୍ଥ ପରିଚାଳନା ସଂକ୍ରାନ୍ତରେ ଭଲଭାବେ ବୁଝି ଉନ୍ନୟନ କାର୍ଯ୍ୟକୁ ଆଗକୁ ନେବେ ସେ ସଂକ୍ରାନ୍ତରେ ସେମାନଙ୍କୁ ତାଲିମ ପ୍ରଦାନ କରାଯାଉଛି ।

କର୍ମଶାଳାରେ ଉପସ୍ଥିତି ମହିଳା ପ୍ରତିନିଧିମାନେ ସେମାନଙ୍କର ସଫଳତାର ଅଭିଜ୍ଞତା ବର୍ଣ୍ଣନା କରିଥିଲେ । ବେଣୁପୁର ସରପଞ୍ଚ ଶ୍ରୀମତୀ ପାତ୍ର ନିଜ ଅଞ୍ଚଳକୁ ନିଶାମୁକ୍ତ କରିଥିବାବେଲେ ଏଥିପାଇଁ ପିକକ୍‍ ସେମାନଙ୍କୁ ସାହସ ଯୋଗାଉଥିବା କହିଥିଲେ ।

ବୋଲଗଡ ସରପଞ୍ଚ ବବିତା ସାହୁ ନାରୀ ନିର୍ଯ୍ୟାତା ଓ ବାଲ୍ୟ ବିବାହ ରୋକିବା କ୍ଷେତ୍ରରେ ଅଲିଭା ଫାଉଣ୍ଡେସନର କାର୍ଯ୍ୟ ସଂକ୍ରାନ୍ତରେ ଉଲ୍ଲେଖ କରିଥିଲେ । ସତ୍ୟଭାମାପୁରର ନାଏବ ସରପଞ୍ଚ ସାବିତ୍ରୀ ସାହୁ ନିଜସ୍ୱ ଉଦ୍ୟମରେ ଘରୋଇ ହିଂସାର ସମାଧାନ, ଭଇଁଚୁଆ ପଞ୍ଚାୟତର ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ଲକ୍ଷ୍ମୀପ୍ରିୟା ସାହୁ ବାଲ୍ୟବିବାହ ରୋକିବା, ବାଲିଅନ୍ତାର ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ବିଜୟିନୀ ପାତ୍ର ବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟରେ ଥିବା ଅସୁବିଧାକୁ ଦୂର କରିବା ସହିତ ଘରୋଇ ହିଂସା ରୋକିବା ଓ ଆବଶ୍ୟକ ସ୍ଥାନରେ ନଳକୂପ ଖନନ କରିଥିବା କହିଥିଲେ ।

ପୂରଣ ପଞ୍ଚାୟତର ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ସ୍ୱପ୍ନା ଭୋଇ ନିଜ ଅଞ୍ଚଳର ସମସ୍ତ ପିଲାଙ୍କୁ ବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟକୁ ପଠାଇବା ସହିତ ଜଣେ ଦୁଃସ୍ଥ କର୍କଟରୋଗୀଙ୍କୁ ସହାୟତା କରିଥିବା ଦର୍ଶାଇଥିଲେ । ସେହି ପଞ୍ଚାୟତର ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ଶାନ୍ତିଲତା ପ୍ରଧାନ ଭିନ୍ନକ୍ଷମଙ୍କୁ ସରକାରୀ ସହାୟତା କରିଥିବାବେଳେ ଭିଙ୍ଗାରପୁରର ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ଗୀତାଞ୍ଜଳୀ ଦାସ ଜଣେ ଗରିବ ଲୋକଙ୍କୁ ସରକାରୀ ଘର ପାଇବାରେ ଉପୁଜିଥିବା ପ୍ରତିବନ୍ଧକ ଦର୍ଶାଇଥିଲେ ।

ପୁରୁଷଙ୍କ ପ୍ରତିଦ୍ୱନ୍ଦୀଙ୍କ ସହିତ ଲଢି ବିଜୟୀ ହୋଇଥିବା ବୋଲଗଡ ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ଅଞ୍ଜନା ସ୍ୱାଇଁ ଯୋଜନାରୁ ବାଦ୍‍ ପଡିଥିବା ହିତାଧିକାରୀଙ୍କୁ ଭତ୍ତା ପ୍ରଦାନ କରିଥିବା କହିଥିଲେ । ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ପୁଷ୍ପଲତା ପାଇକରାୟ ନିଜ ଅଞ୍ଚଳରେ ଜଳ ସମସ୍ୟାର ସମାଧାନ କଥା କହିଥିଲେ ।  


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ହିଂସା ଓ ନିଶାମୁକ୍ତ ପଞ୍ଚାୟତ ଗଠନ ଲାଗି ମହିଳା ଲୋକ ପ୍ରତିନିଧିମାନଙ୍କୁ ନେଇ ଗଠିତ ମହାସଂଘ ଅଲିଭା ଫେଡେରେସନ ତାହାର ଉଦ୍ୟମ ଜାରି ରଖିଛି । ଆଗାମୀ ଦିନରେ ଅଧିକରୁ ଅଧିକ ମହିଳା ଲୋକ ପ୍ରତିନିଧିଙ୍କୁ ଏଥିରେ ସାମିଲ କରାଯିବ ବୋଲି ଆଜି ଏଠାରେ ମହିଳା ଲୋକପ୍ରତିନିଧି ଓ ଗଣମାଧ୍ୟମକୁ ନେଇ ଆୟୋଜିତ କର୍ମଶାଳାରେ କୁହାଯାଇଛି ।

ସ୍ୱେଚ୍ଛାସେବୀ ସଂଗଠନ ପିପୁଲ୍‍ସ କଲଚରାଲ ସେଣ୍ଟର (ପିକକ୍‍) ଓ ଦି ହଙ୍ଗର ପ୍ରୋଜେକ୍ଟର ମିଳିତ ସହାୟତାରେ ଆୟୋଜିତ ଏହି କର୍ମଶାଳାରେ ବାଲିଅନ୍ତା ଓ ବୋଲଗଡ ବ୍ଲକର ମହିଳା ଲୋକପ୍ରତିନିଧିମାନେ ଯୋଗ ଦେଇଥିଲେ । ବାଲିଅନ୍ତା ବ୍ଲକ ଅଲିଭା ଫେଡେରେସନର ସଭାପତି ତଥା ବେଣୁପୁର ସରପଞ୍ଚ ରଶ୍ମିତା ପାତ୍ର, ବୋଲଗଡ ଅଲିଭା ସଭାପତି ତଥା ବୋଲଗଡ ସରପଞ୍ଚ ବବିତା ସାହୁ, ପିକକ୍‍ର କାର୍ଯ୍ୟନିର୍ବାହୀ ନିର୍ଦ୍ଦେଶିକା ଅନୁରାଧା ମହାନ୍ତି ଓ ପିକ୍‍କର ମିନାକ୍ଷୀ ପଣ୍ଡା ପ୍ରମୁଖ ଉପସ୍ଥିତ ଥିଲେ ।

ଉପସ୍ଥିତ ମହିଳା ଲୋକପ୍ରତିନିଧିମାନଙ୍କୁ ଉଦ୍‍ବୋଧନ ଦେଇ ଶ୍ରୀମତୀ ମହାନ୍ତି ଶାସନ ବ୍ୟବସ୍ଥାରେ ମହିଳା ପ୍ରତିନିଧିମାନେ ନିଜ ସାମିଲ ହେବାକୁ ଆହ୍ୱାନ ଦେଇଥିଲେ । ସେ କହିଥିଲେ ଯେ ବାଲିଅନ୍ତା ଓ ବୋଲଗଡର ୨୩ଟି ପଞ୍ଚାୟତର ୨୨୩ ଜଣ ମହିଳା ଲୋକପ୍ରତିନିଧି ଏହି ଅଭିଯାନରେ ସାମିଲ ଅଛନ୍ତି ।

ମହିଳା ଲୋକ ପ୍ରତିନିଧିମାନେ କିଭଳି ସରକାରୀ କାର୍ଯ୍ୟବ୍ୟବସ୍ଥା ବିଶେଷକରି ପଞ୍ଚାୟତର ଅର୍ଥ ପରିଚାଳନା ସଂକ୍ରାନ୍ତରେ ଭଲଭାବେ ବୁଝି ଉନ୍ନୟନ କାର୍ଯ୍ୟକୁ ଆଗକୁ ନେବେ ସେ ସଂକ୍ରାନ୍ତରେ ସେମାନଙ୍କୁ ତାଲିମ ପ୍ରଦାନ କରାଯାଉଛି ।

କର୍ମଶାଳାରେ ଉପସ୍ଥିତି ମହିଳା ପ୍ରତିନିଧିମାନେ ସେମାନଙ୍କର ସଫଳତାର ଅଭିଜ୍ଞତା ବର୍ଣ୍ଣନା କରିଥିଲେ । ବେଣୁପୁର ସରପଞ୍ଚ ଶ୍ରୀମତୀ ପାତ୍ର ନିଜ ଅଞ୍ଚଳକୁ ନିଶାମୁକ୍ତ କରିଥିବାବେଲେ ଏଥିପାଇଁ ପିକକ୍‍ ସେମାନଙ୍କୁ ସାହସ ଯୋଗାଉଥିବା କହିଥିଲେ ।

ବୋଲଗଡ ସରପଞ୍ଚ ବବିତା ସାହୁ ନାରୀ ନିର୍ଯ୍ୟାତା ଓ ବାଲ୍ୟ ବିବାହ ରୋକିବା କ୍ଷେତ୍ରରେ ଅଲିଭା ଫାଉଣ୍ଡେସନର କାର୍ଯ୍ୟ ସଂକ୍ରାନ୍ତରେ ଉଲ୍ଲେଖ କରିଥିଲେ । ସତ୍ୟଭାମାପୁରର ନାଏବ ସରପଞ୍ଚ ସାବିତ୍ରୀ ସାହୁ ନିଜସ୍ୱ ଉଦ୍ୟମରେ ଘରୋଇ ହିଂସାର ସମାଧାନ, ଭଇଁଚୁଆ ପଞ୍ଚାୟତର ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ଲକ୍ଷ୍ମୀପ୍ରିୟା ସାହୁ ବାଲ୍ୟବିବାହ ରୋକିବା, ବାଲିଅନ୍ତାର ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ବିଜୟିନୀ ପାତ୍ର ବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟରେ ଥିବା ଅସୁବିଧାକୁ ଦୂର କରିବା ସହିତ ଘରୋଇ ହିଂସା ରୋକିବା ଓ ଆବଶ୍ୟକ ସ୍ଥାନରେ ନଳକୂପ ଖନନ କରିଥିବା କହିଥିଲେ ।

ପୂରଣ ପଞ୍ଚାୟତର ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ସ୍ୱପ୍ନା ଭୋଇ ନିଜ ଅଞ୍ଚଳର ସମସ୍ତ ପିଲାଙ୍କୁ ବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟକୁ ପଠାଇବା ସହିତ ଜଣେ ଦୁଃସ୍ଥ କର୍କଟରୋଗୀଙ୍କୁ ସହାୟତା କରିଥିବା ଦର୍ଶାଇଥିଲେ । ସେହି ପଞ୍ଚାୟତର ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ଶାନ୍ତିଲତା ପ୍ରଧାନ ଭିନ୍ନକ୍ଷମଙ୍କୁ ସରକାରୀ ସହାୟତା କରିଥିବାବେଳେ ଭିଙ୍ଗାରପୁରର ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ଗୀତାଞ୍ଜଳୀ ଦାସ ଜଣେ ଗରିବ ଲୋକଙ୍କୁ ସରକାରୀ ଘର ପାଇବାରେ ଉପୁଜିଥିବା ପ୍ରତିବନ୍ଧକ ଦର୍ଶାଇଥିଲେ ।

ପୁରୁଷଙ୍କ ପ୍ରତିଦ୍ୱନ୍ଦୀଙ୍କ ସହିତ ଲଢି ବିଜୟୀ ହୋଇଥିବା ବୋଲଗଡ ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ଅଞ୍ଜନା ସ୍ୱାଇଁ ଯୋଜନାରୁ ବାଦ୍‍ ପଡିଥିବା ହିତାଧିକାରୀଙ୍କୁ ଭତ୍ତା ପ୍ରଦାନ କରିଥିବା କହିଥିଲେ । ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ପୁଷ୍ପଲତା ପାଇକରାୟ ନିଜ ଅଞ୍ଚଳରେ ଜଳ ସମସ୍ୟାର ସମାଧାନ କଥା କହିଥିଲେ ।  


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   ହିଂସା ଓ ନିଶାମୁକ୍ତ ପଞ୍ଚାୟତ


ହିଂସା ଓ ନିଶାମୁକ୍ତ ପଞ୍ଚାୟତ ଗଠନ ଲାଗି ମହିଳା ଲୋକ ପ୍ରତିନିଧିମାନଙ୍କୁ ନେଇ ଗଠିତ ମହାସଂଘ ଅଲିଭା ଫେଡେରେସନ ତାହାର ଉଦ୍ୟମ ଜାରି ରଖିଛି । ଆଗାମୀ ଦିନରେ ଅଧିକରୁ ଅଧିକ ମହିଳା ଲୋକ ପ୍ରତିନିଧିଙ୍କୁ ଏଥିରେ ସାମିଲ କରାଯିବ ବୋଲି ଆଜି ଏଠାରେ ମହିଳା ଲୋକପ୍ରତିନିଧି ଓ ଗଣମାଧ୍ୟମକୁ ନେଇ ଆୟୋଜିତ କର୍ମଶାଳାରେ କୁହାଯାଇଛି ।

ସ୍ୱେଚ୍ଛାସେବୀ ସଂଗଠନ ପିପୁଲ୍‍ସ କଲଚରାଲ ସେଣ୍ଟର (ପିକକ୍‍) ଓ ଦି ହଙ୍ଗର ପ୍ରୋଜେକ୍ଟର ମିଳିତ ସହାୟତାରେ ଆୟୋଜିତ ଏହି କର୍ମଶାଳାରେ ବାଲିଅନ୍ତା ଓ ବୋଲଗଡ ବ୍ଲକର ମହିଳା ଲୋକପ୍ରତିନିଧିମାନେ ଯୋଗ ଦେଇଥିଲେ । ବାଲିଅନ୍ତା ବ୍ଲକ ଅଲିଭା ଫେଡେରେସନର ସଭାପତି ତଥା ବେଣୁପୁର ସରପଞ୍ଚ ରଶ୍ମିତା ପାତ୍ର, ବୋଲଗଡ ଅଲିଭା ସଭାପତି ତଥା ବୋଲଗଡ ସରପଞ୍ଚ ବବିତା ସାହୁ, ପିକକ୍‍ର କାର୍ଯ୍ୟନିର୍ବାହୀ ନିର୍ଦ୍ଦେଶିକା ଅନୁରାଧା ମହାନ୍ତି ଓ ପିକ୍‍କର ମିନାକ୍ଷୀ ପଣ୍ଡା ପ୍ରମୁଖ ଉପସ୍ଥିତ ଥିଲେ ।

ଉପସ୍ଥିତ ମହିଳା ଲୋକପ୍ରତିନିଧିମାନଙ୍କୁ ଉଦ୍‍ବୋଧନ ଦେଇ ଶ୍ରୀମତୀ ମହାନ୍ତି ଶାସନ ବ୍ୟବସ୍ଥାରେ ମହିଳା ପ୍ରତିନିଧିମାନେ ନିଜ ସାମିଲ ହେବାକୁ ଆହ୍ୱାନ ଦେଇଥିଲେ । ସେ କହିଥିଲେ ଯେ ବାଲିଅନ୍ତା ଓ ବୋଲଗଡର ୨୩ଟି ପଞ୍ଚାୟତର ୨୨୩ ଜଣ ମହିଳା ଲୋକପ୍ରତିନିଧି ଏହି ଅଭିଯାନରେ ସାମିଲ ଅଛନ୍ତି ।

ମହିଳା ଲୋକ ପ୍ରତିନିଧିମାନେ କିଭଳି ସରକାରୀ କାର୍ଯ୍ୟବ୍ୟବସ୍ଥା ବିଶେଷକରି ପଞ୍ଚାୟତର ଅର୍ଥ ପରିଚାଳନା ସଂକ୍ରାନ୍ତରେ ଭଲଭାବେ ବୁଝି ଉନ୍ନୟନ କାର୍ଯ୍ୟକୁ ଆଗକୁ ନେବେ ସେ ସଂକ୍ରାନ୍ତରେ ସେମାନଙ୍କୁ ତାଲିମ ପ୍ରଦାନ କରାଯାଉଛି ।

କର୍ମଶାଳାରେ ଉପସ୍ଥିତି ମହିଳା ପ୍ରତିନିଧିମାନେ ସେମାନଙ୍କର ସଫଳତାର ଅଭିଜ୍ଞତା ବର୍ଣ୍ଣନା କରିଥିଲେ । ବେଣୁପୁର ସରପଞ୍ଚ ଶ୍ରୀମତୀ ପାତ୍ର ନିଜ ଅଞ୍ଚଳକୁ ନିଶାମୁକ୍ତ କରିଥିବାବେଲେ ଏଥିପାଇଁ ପିକକ୍‍ ସେମାନଙ୍କୁ ସାହସ ଯୋଗାଉଥିବା କହିଥିଲେ ।

ବୋଲଗଡ ସରପଞ୍ଚ ବବିତା ସାହୁ ନାରୀ ନିର୍ଯ୍ୟାତା ଓ ବାଲ୍ୟ ବିବାହ ରୋକିବା କ୍ଷେତ୍ରରେ ଅଲିଭା ଫାଉଣ୍ଡେସନର କାର୍ଯ୍ୟ ସଂକ୍ରାନ୍ତରେ ଉଲ୍ଲେଖ କରିଥିଲେ । ସତ୍ୟଭାମାପୁରର ନାଏବ ସରପଞ୍ଚ ସାବିତ୍ରୀ ସାହୁ ନିଜସ୍ୱ ଉଦ୍ୟମରେ ଘରୋଇ ହିଂସାର ସମାଧାନ, ଭଇଁଚୁଆ ପଞ୍ଚାୟତର ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ଲକ୍ଷ୍ମୀପ୍ରିୟା ସାହୁ ବାଲ୍ୟବିବାହ ରୋକିବା, ବାଲିଅନ୍ତାର ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ବିଜୟିନୀ ପାତ୍ର ବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟରେ ଥିବା ଅସୁବିଧାକୁ ଦୂର କରିବା ସହିତ ଘରୋଇ ହିଂସା ରୋକିବା ଓ ଆବଶ୍ୟକ ସ୍ଥାନରେ ନଳକୂପ ଖନନ କରିଥିବା କହିଥିଲେ ।

ପୂରଣ ପଞ୍ଚାୟତର ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ସ୍ୱପ୍ନା ଭୋଇ ନିଜ ଅଞ୍ଚଳର ସମସ୍ତ ପିଲାଙ୍କୁ ବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟକୁ ପଠାଇବା ସହିତ ଜଣେ ଦୁଃସ୍ଥ କର୍କଟରୋଗୀଙ୍କୁ ସହାୟତା କରିଥିବା ଦର୍ଶାଇଥିଲେ । ସେହି ପଞ୍ଚାୟତର ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ଶାନ୍ତିଲତା ପ୍ରଧାନ ଭିନ୍ନକ୍ଷମଙ୍କୁ ସରକାରୀ ସହାୟତା କରିଥିବାବେଳେ ଭିଙ୍ଗାରପୁରର ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ଗୀତାଞ୍ଜଳୀ ଦାସ ଜଣେ ଗରିବ ଲୋକଙ୍କୁ ସରକାରୀ ଘର ପାଇବାରେ ଉପୁଜିଥିବା ପ୍ରତିବନ୍ଧକ ଦର୍ଶାଇଥିଲେ ।

ପୁରୁଷଙ୍କ ପ୍ରତିଦ୍ୱନ୍ଦୀଙ୍କ ସହିତ ଲଢି ବିଜୟୀ ହୋଇଥିବା ବୋଲଗଡ ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ଅଞ୍ଜନା ସ୍ୱାଇଁ ଯୋଜନାରୁ ବାଦ୍‍ ପଡିଥିବା ହିତାଧିକାରୀଙ୍କୁ ଭତ୍ତା ପ୍ରଦାନ କରିଥିବା କହିଥିଲେ । ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ପୁଷ୍ପଲତା ପାଇକରାୟ ନିଜ ଅଞ୍ଚଳରେ ଜଳ ସମସ୍ୟାର ସମାଧାନ କଥା କହିଥିଲେ ।  


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   ODISHA ELECTION WATCH & ADR TO LAUNCH MASSIVE VOTERS’ AWARENESS PROGRAMME


Bhubaneswar (7/9/2018): Odisha Election Watch (OEW), the state chapter of National Election Watch, on Friday announced its decision to undertake massive voters’ awareness programme in collaboration with Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).
Throwing light on the objective of the awareness programme, former chief secretary and core team member of OEW Sahadev Sahu said, “The initiative aims to create larger awareness among voters regarding electoral process, increasing voter’s participation, particularly youth and women in forthcoming general elections and assembly elections and also to promote ethical voting.” OEW will launch the campaign “My Vote My Country: My Vote not for Sale” soon in the state, he added.
In her address, core team member, OEW Dr Seba Mohapatra said that the campaign shall be conducted in different villages and cities covering all the 30 districts of Odisha through mobile van campaign using audio visual materials, folk media, street play, different cultural actions, posters, pamphlets, workshops and awareness meetings.
OEW has appealed to all the print, electronics and web media of Odisha to join hands with it to create a conducive environment for ensuring free and fare elections, increasing voter’s turn out and promoting ethical voting, Mohapatra added. OEW and ADR have jointly launched a campaign titled “Hum Badlenge Apnaa Bharat” to sensitize children to perform their duties as citizens of India responsively and apprise them on challenges facing the Indian democracy.
Speaking on the occasion, coordinator of OEW Ranjan Kumar Mohanty said, “Banning of criminals from contesting elections is not only a necessity for the welfare of the nation, but it is also a means of safeguarding the integrity of the Parliament and Legislative Assembly.
If people with criminal records are allowed to contest elections, they may use unethical means and coercion to force persons to vote for them.
This will increase violence in elections and create challenge for free and fair elections.
This is a violation of the very fundamental basis of democracy.” OEW and ADR requests all the political parties that persons with serious criminal background and involved in heinous crime should be debarred from contesting election.
Political parties should not nominate such persons to contest elections on their behalf in the forthcoming general election and election to Odisha Legislative Assembly and restraint from distributing tickets to the persons with criminal background.
Also the political parties should disclose the criteria on which candidates are given tickets. Among others, former director, Doordarshan Baikuntha Nath Panigrahi also spoke on the occasion.

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   Youth convention on environment & ecology organised in Bhubaneswar


Youth convention on environment & ecology organised in Bhubaneswar

 

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   Youth convention on environment & ecology organised in Bhubaneswar


Youth convention on environment & ecology organised in Bhubaneswar

 

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   Youth convention on environment & ecology organised in Bhubaneswar


Youth convention on environment & ecology organised in Bhubaneswar

 

Bhubaneswar, 28/6/20o18 ( Odisha Samachar / Abhishek Mohanty )- : A two-day state level youth convention on environment and ecology was organised by People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC), in association with ECOSAVERS Youth Network and Adoptions Centrum on June 27 and 28 at DRTC here.

As many as 70 youths including members of ECOSAVER youth network promoted by PECUC, CAUSE, YSC, DISHA, OLS, Ruchika, PALLISHREE, Sikhyasandhan  and  NSS volunteers  participated in the convention and decided to take up massive plantation, protect forests, campaigning
against use of plastics, promote organic kitchen garden, conserve rainwater, make bird nests, observe different days relating to environment and create awareness among general public, youths, children and community people.

Additional Secretary of General Administration Department Pradeep Biswal, senior environment scientist State Pollution Control Board Dr Dilip Kumar Behera, Assistant Conservator  Forest, City forest Division, Bhubaneswar Ashok Mishra, Country Director, Adoptions
Centrum Ruby Rout, Secretary, PECUC Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, HOD, Department of Soil & Water Conservation Engineering, OUAT Prof. Balaram Panigrahi, Research Scholar Sushree Shailani Suman and Executive Director, PECUC Anuradha Mohanty spoke on the occasion and encouraged the youths to be  change agents  for  protecting the environment.

The two-day convention concluded with a vote of thanks by Programme Manager, PECUC Jyotirmayee Mohapatra.

The convention was supported by Panu Behera, Bijaya Senapati, Nilakantha Reddy, Bisnupriya Mohapatra and Reena Dash of PECUC.


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   NATIONAL CSO AWARD


National Election Watch was conferred the “National CSO Award 2015” by Election Commission of India for the campaign in Odisha, M.P.  UP, Maharashtra and Bihar for carrying out  “Mera Vote Mera Desh”- Campaign to promote ethical and informed voting. Mr. Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Secretary, PECUC and State Coordinator of  Odisha Election Watch, the state chapter of National Election Watch received the Award for Odisha”for the best campaign on voter education and awareness for General Election 2014 for its commendable election related measures in the State of Odisha from Honorable former President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalamon the occasion of 5th National Voters’ Day celebration held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi on 25th of January, 2015.

 

Odisha Election Watch, that aims to strengthen and promote good governance with a view to further democratize polity at all levels, it had started its journey in the year 2004 by educating cross sections of the society towards political and Electoral reforms. It has undertaken a focused campaign in the state during the Elections 2014 i.e. My Vote My Country. The campaign aims at increasing voters’ turnover, voters’ participation and promoting ethical voting.

 

Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) is coordinating the National process of Election Watch whereas PECUC, a leading civil society organization in Odisha is coordinating the state process of Election Watch. More than 150 civil society groups and large numbers of persons from different background including Media, academia, Retired Senior Bureaucrats, Doctors, Retd. Judges, Retd. Senior Police officials, Concern citizens are actively involved in the process. 30 CSOs are coordinating the District level process in 30 districts.


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   NATIONAL CSO AWARD


PECUC and State Coordinator of  Odisha Election Watch, the state chapter of National Election Watch received the Award for Odisha”for the best campaign on voter education and awareness for General Election 2014 for its commendable election related measures in the State of Odisha from Honorable former President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalamon the occasion of 5th National Voters’ Day celebration held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi on 25th of January, 2015.

 

Odisha Election Watch, that aims to strengthen and promote good governance with a view to further democratize polity at all levels, it had started its journey in the year 2004 by educating cross sections of the society towards political and Electoral reforms. It has undertaken a focused campaign in the state during the Elections 2014 i.e. My Vote My Country. The campaign aims at increasing voters’ turnover, voters’ participation and promoting ethical voting.

 

Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) is coordinating the National process of Election Watch whereas PECUC, a leading civil society organization in Odisha is coordinating the state process of Election Watch. More than 150 civil society groups and large numbers of persons from different background including Media, academia, Retired Senior Bureaucrats, Doctors, Retd. Judges, Retd. Senior Police officials, Concern citizens are actively involved in the process. 30 CSOs are coordinating the District level process in 30 districts.


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   NATIONAL CSO AWARD


PECUC and State Coordinator of  Odisha Election Watch, the state chapter of National Election Watch received the Award for Odisha”for the best campaign on voter education and awareness for General Election 2014 for its commendable election related measures in the State of Odisha from Honorable former President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalamon the occasion of 5th National Voters’ Day celebration held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi on 25th of January, 2015.

 

Odisha Election Watch, that aims to strengthen and promote good governance with a view to further democratize polity at all levels, it had started its journey in the year 2004 by educating cross sections of the society towards political and Electoral reforms. It has undertaken a focused campaign in the state during the Elections 2014 i.e. My Vote My Country. The campaign aims at increasing voters’ turnover, voters’ participation and promoting ethical voting.

 

Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) is coordinating the National process of Election Watch whereas PECUC, a leading civil society organization in Odisha is coordinating the state process of Election Watch. More than 150 civil society groups and large numbers of persons from different background including Media, academia, Retired Senior Bureaucrats, Doctors, Retd. Judges, Retd. Senior Police officials, Concern citizens are actively involved in the process. 30 CSOs are coordinating the District level process in 30 districts.


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   NATIONAL CSO AWARD


PECUC and State Coordinator of  Odisha Election Watch, the state chapter of National Election Watch received the Award for Odisha”for the best campaign on voter education and awareness for General Election 2014 for its commendable election related measures in the State of Odisha from Honorable former President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalamon the occasion of 5th National Voters’ Day celebration held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi on 25th of January, 2015.

 

Odisha Election Watch, that aims to strengthen and promote good governance with a view to further democratize polity at all levels, it had started its journey in the year 2004 by educating cross sections of the society towards political and Electoral reforms. It has undertaken a focused campaign in the state during the Elections 2014 i.e. My Vote My Country. The campaign aims at increasing voters’ turnover, voters’ participation and promoting ethical voting.

 

Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) is coordinating the National process of Election Watch whereas PECUC, a leading civil society organization in Odisha is coordinating the state process of Election Watch. More than 150 civil society groups and large numbers of persons from different background including Media, academia, Retired Senior Bureaucrats, Doctors, Retd. Judges, Retd. Senior Police officials, Concern citizens are actively involved in the process. 30 CSOs are coordinating the District level process in 30 districts.


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   Harsh Mayar with Jitendra Mishra reaching Bhubaneswar for inauguration of 25 th PECUC -SISUMELA - Se


Harsh Mayar with Jitendra Mishra reaching Bhubaneswar for inauguration of 25 th PECUC -SISUMELA - See more at: http://www.orissadiary.com/CurrentNews.asp?id=54895#sthash.pPggPdd2.dpuf

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   24th PECUC sisumela 2013 - Valediction


24th PECUC Sisu Mela 2013 concluded with mesmerizing performances by children


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