Berhampur, May 31 (Localwire): The Ganjam district administration plans to engage women self-help groups (SHGs) in disaster management activities under a special project named “Swayamsiddha”.
The project is likely to be launched in first week of June to train SHGs in evacuation, rescue, restoration and rehabilitation works during natural calamities such as floods, cyclone, fire accidents and earthquake.
“In the first phase, 50 selected SHG members in the age group of 18 to 35 years will undergo training,” said Ganjam collector Vijay Amruta Kulange.
Training will be provided by personnel of different agencies like police, fire services, Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF), health and family welfare and other key government departments, he said
“We are now preparing a guide book for the trainers. The duration of the training will be considered only after the preparation of the book,” said district social welfare officer Manorama Reddy.
She said two meetings were already held with the concerned departments to discuss the project. The SHGs are voluntarily coming forward for the training, she added.
Ganjam district has around 4.50 lakh members under various women SHGs in both rural and urban areas.
The trained volunteers would be provided with uniform, identity card and first aid kits, the collector said. They would also coordinate with block development officers in their respective areas.
The programme assumes significance as Ganjam is considered a flood- and cyclone-prone district, which had bore the brunt of cyclones like Phailin in 2013, Huduhud (2014), Titli (2018) and Fani (2019).
The SHG movement in Ganjam has been very successful for the socio-economic development of women. Considering this, BJD had fielded 70- year-old SHG leader Pramila Bisoi from Aska parliamentary seat, and she had won it handsomely.