By Ashis Senapati
Jajpur, Jan 26 (LocalWire) The three-day long CSR meet ‘Arunima’ organized by Tata Steel concluded on Friday at Kalinganagar in Jajpur district.
The event brought together over 2000 beneficiaries across Bamnipal, Sukinda and Kalinganagar areas
The aim was to showcase the progressive journey that this region in Odisha stands a witness to.
The theme for ‘Arunima’ this year is “Save Water”, based on a strong felt need to focus on water in the ecosystem and also inspired by the United Nations mission of declaring 2018-19 as the Water Decade.
“This endeavour of Tata Steel was aimed to inspire youth and farmers to save water which is a need of the time,” said Ambika Prasad Nanda, Head CSR, Odisha.
On the second day, a total of 700 youth participated in ‘Dhwani’ – A Youth Conclave.
The third day was dedicated to ‘Vaarta’ – An Agriculture Meet’ where 600 farmers were present for a cross learning of experiences in different aspects of agriculture.
During Dhwani, three local youth icons – Swarnalata Dalai, a girl from Kalinganagar who had summited Mount Everest, Purnima Hembrom, an international athlete from Mayurbhanj district, and Yubraj Rana, MD, Common Service Centre, Odisha – shared their experiences and knowledge with the youth.
While Swarnalata narrated her difficult journey to the summit of Mt Everest, Purnima spoke about how youth could make a career in sports.
Yubraj Rana sought to impart knowledge on cybercrime.
A skit competition on “save water” was also organised with an aim to sensitise youth about the importance of water.
A total of four teams participated in this competition, added Nanda.
On the concluding day, experts from different government departments spoke about organic cultivation, government schemes for horticulture and animal husbandry among others.
A few progressive farmers also shared their experiences.
“This year’s ‘Vaarta’ had a two-fold objective: conserving water and implementing agricultural activities in a controlled environment,” said Nanda.
“Our objective is to strengthen the livelihoods of the community members so that industry and agriculture can flourish together. In this respect, we build the capacity of the farmers to adopt the climate resilient agriculture to ensure there is optimum utilization of water,” said Nanda.
Deputy Divisional Manager of NABARD in Jajpur district, Subrat Sahoo, Assistant Director, Horticulture, Loknath Jena and Chief District Veterinary Officer Jajpur, Kartik Sahoo joined as Guest Speakers for Vaarta.
They highlighted various government schemes available to farmers. Ansuman Pattnaik from Department of Agriculture, Government of Odisha, delivered a talk on organic farming.