Monday, September 17, 2018

Expertise in CSOs work is not only essential but also need of the hour – Dr.Rajesh Tandon.



Dr.Rajesh Tandon,

The sharing session on challenges and opportunities before the Civil Service Organizations, in rural and urban areas in Tamilnadu and to function in a better way was held at Gandhigram Trust at Gandhigram in Dindigul district on Saturday, the 15,Sep. 2018. Around 32 CSOs of Tamilnadu met in Gandhigram and  had a detailed brainstorming transparent discussions about the current status of Civil Societies under the dynamic leadership of Dr.Rajesh Tandon and eminent and seasoned NGO leaders in India.The young, small and medium sized representatives of NGOs have expressed their difficulties and their desire to get support from network organisations and other leaders. Dr. Rajesh Tandon, Founder of PRIA, New Delhi presided over the meeting cum interaction session with CSOs from various parts of the state. Sri K Shiva Kumar of Gandhigram coordinated the session. During interaction, Dr. Tandon offered his valuable ideas, focused highly potential and untapped areas for effective and better functioning of CSOs. CSO’S work is not noticed and common people have no idea about our selfless work. Media, especially social media should be tapped effectively for better focus and spread our ideals. CSOs should create a medium to “talk to those who do not know much about us.” Dr.Tandon added, ‘Expertise in CSOs work is not only essential but also need of the hour. Expertise in the field of health care, drinking water, infrastructure development, rural development, women and child care and labour are vital. Two decades ago, we had evolved and developed several practical role models for agriculture and rural development. The CSOs should go back to roots to restore its past glory. Urban poor, urban labourers, mostly in inorganised sector and exploitation of migrant labourers from north and north eastern states, forestry development are potential and untapped areas. Health of women, especially reproductive health care needs special attention.  CSOs think globally and act appropriately by understanding current scenario” is the advice of Dr.Rajesh Tandon.
Participants of the seminar
Nanditha Pradhan of Marthas’ Foundation briefed about importance of forming committee under sexual harassment of women at work place (prevention prohibition and redressal) Act 2013 as employer were responsible for maintaining a safe work environment meant for women workers and to conduct inquiry in case of discrepancy, if any.
K. Shiva Kumar said: “It is high time to rejuvenate CSOs to meet future challenges and tap opportunities. With concerted and relentless efforts and effective coordination and support, we would continue our work to redress our genuine grievances and get all eligible rights”. All must agree that space for social work and fund flow has shrunk sizably, so also strategies. CSOs should change their style of development work. Armed with huge funds and latest technologies, the CSR Foundations have made inroads in civil society. They field top management professionals and technocrats to execute the programmes in a scientific way. We should understand this noticeable effect”. The Participants appealed that highly committed and potential human resources in CSOs, and their valuable and practical knowledge and expertise on various social issues should be utilized efficiently for better civil society. The CSOs expressed need for a
Separate ministry for fund allocation and get projects from various ministries like single window system and channelize funds and Universities and higher educational institutions should share technologies and management techniques to CSOs for uplift of poor. SEVAI K.Govindarajan consolidated the views and appreciated the depth of the discussions and valid points raised by all the participants and thanked them. Earlier, Dr. Tandon presented an award to Mr. Shiva Kumar recognising his life time contributions in strengthening governance of civil society. He also handed over a shawl given by his “Highness Dalai Lama along with the blessings of his Highness”.-Kris

Sunday, September 16, 2018

SEVAI, a Trichy based NGO promotes Cost effective, co-friendly structures are affordable for shelter.



Cost effective shelter technology centre

SEVAI, a Trichy based NGO promotes Cost effective, co-friendly structures are affordable for shelter. Cost effective building is eco friendly and   efficient use of materials using standard construction dimensions and a module are most cost-effective and reduces material waste. Reducing waste will save money because we are buying less material to begin with and not wasting any. One of the latest developments in recent history has been the slow migration to advanced framing techniques. Advanced framing techniques provide cheaper and faster construction and save energy. It’s cheaper because there are fewer loads. It’s faster because there are fewer pieces of lumber to install. And it saves energy because it provides more cavity space for insulation and less thermal bridging. This results in a 5-10% reduction in lumber cost, a 30% reduction in framing labor costs, and a 75% increase in thermal performance. Adequate shelter for all people is one of the pressing challenges faced by India; it has become a necessity to adopt cost effective, innovative and environment-friendly housing technologies for the construction of houses and buildings for enabling the common people to construct houses at affordable cost. Construction methods of foundation, walling, roofing and lintel are compared with traditional constructions. Strength and durability of the structure, stability, safety and mental satisfaction are factors that assume top priority during cost reduction. It is found that about 26.11% and 22.68% of the construction cost can be saved by using low cost housing
Then CM Kalaijar inspected the cost effective building constructed by SEVAI in Farmer Market,Trichy in the presence of Ministers,District Collector and NGO head SEVAI K.Govindaraju
technologies in comparison with the traditional construction methods in the case studies for walling and roofing respectively. Some of the improved cost effective technology are Foundation: Under reamed piles for foundations have been developed for housing in black cotton soil area, Damp Proof Courses: Use of polythene, bituminous materials and cement mortar with water proofing agents have been suggested for damp proof courses, Walls: Fly ash bricks, precast hollow concrete blocks (without plaster), brick panels and precast wall panels may be used to get reasonably good comfort with little cost, Doors and Windows: Precast R.C.C. frames can save 25 to 30 per cent cost when composed with wooden frames. Instead of wooden shutters particle
CM appreciated SEVAI
board shutters may be used, Lintels: Locally available stones and slates can serve as lintels, Precast Structural Elements: In mass constructions works precast members may be used for columns, beams, reapers and stair cases. One can think of using wall panels also, Flooring: Low cost housing flooring may be with soil cement base, thin clay tiles, bricks on edges or with flagstones. If group housing is taken up automatically there is cost reduction, since mobilization of men, material cost is reduced and continuity of labour work is maintained. Kris

Friday, September 14, 2018

SEVAI, a Trichy based NGO constructs Check dam in Sengattukulam near Gudalur of Karur District.



Chengatukulam Check dam construction is in progress
SEVAI, a Trichy based NGO with the support of HIRZEL Foundation-OFI and technical support of CASA Foundation constructs Check dam in Sengattukulam situated near Gudalur village of Kulitalai Taluk of Karur District. This check dam construction is in progress. SEVAI had already constructed several Check dams and tank renovations in Thogamalai Block of the same District in Sengattukulam check dam is a significant   barrier constructed of strong stone foundation to reduce the effective slope of the channel, thereby storing water for agriculture development as it recharges the nearby wells also. Check dam is constructed to avoid gully formation and to control soil erosion and recharge ground water as the stored water can be used to grow crops. It has been built as permanent concrete structures to improve localized irrigation facilities by developing a network of check dams. Check dams facilitate infiltration of water into the soil. Check dams Control runoff and accelerate recharging. Check dams provide enough time and space for the water to soak into the soil.Check dam is useful for the management judicious use of all the resources i.e. land, water, vegetation in an area for providing an answer to alleviate drought, moderate floods, prevent soil erosion, improve water availability and increase food, fodder, fuel and fiber on sustained basis. Check dam helps to achieve maximum production with minimum hazard to the natural resources and for the well being of people. The check dam is a geo hydrological unit or piece of land that drain at a common point. Check dams have been built to check soil erosion and conserve water, several wells ponds and upgrade to make the water situation better both for drinking, irrigation purposes. India is one among the top most water-starved nations of the world due to declining water availability and escalating demand. This check dam has remarkable potential to be replicated to reduce irrigation water stress.K.Devendaran the SEVAI coordinator and K.Sakthivel, technical staff with the support of water user groups of farmers are involved in planning, decision making and implementation process of check dam construction.-Kris

Women self Help groups, promoted by SEVAI, a Trichy based NGO run public distribution system commodities shops for the past 23 years.



Women SHG Member sells PDS Commodities to the common Public

Women self Help groups, promoted by SEVAI, a Trichy based NGO run public distribution system commodities shops for the past 23 years since 1995. The district administration of Trichirapalli District in Tamilnadu approved four sub-centres for distribution of public distribution system commodities to eligible public through women members of self help groups (SHGs) in rural areas of Andanallur Block namely Gudalur,Thindukarai, Kamanaickan Palayam and S, Pududukottai village hamlets. With women’s Self-Help Group (SHG) taking up the charge the poor and the needy Trichirapalli District have been getting the benefits of Public Distribution System (PDS) in time.SHGs heads of four SHGs where the PDS are functioning over two decades said they had been taking loads of PDS rice and other items. They are also making regular payments to the civil supply department and beneficiaries are happy as they are getting the subsidised PDS supplies near their home, which they can collect when they have the money in hand. The SHG members are thankful to then Chief Minister and District Collector for approving the PDS project for such a rural hamlets due to which they are able to get the PDS supply. The PDS shops were constructed under Namakku Naame Thittam with the support of Tamilndu Government and local NGO, SEVAI.As the buildings are 23 years old, the structures need renovation and the Women SHGs and SEVAI NGO proposes to renovate the PDS shops run in these four hamlets.-Govin

Kalaiarangam, a New Marriage Hall inaugurated by District Collector, K.Rajamani.



Current view of Kalaiarangam New marriage Hall

The Kalaiarangam, a cinema theatre in Trichy, a property of District Welfare Fund Committee   has been altered into a large fully air-conditioned marriage hall. The marriage hall has a seating capacity of 1,700 persons with a dining space with a capacity to accommodate 350 persons in one sitting. The Project cost was Rs.2 crore. The marriage hall would benefit the common people for holding dramas and other functions at affordable cost. District Collector K. Rajamani, who is the Chairman of the District Welfare Fund Committee, inaugurated the air-conditioned marriage hall on 12th September 2018, Wednesday in the presence of the treasurer SEVAI Govindarajan and members namely JJL Gnanaraj,Dr.Alleem,Sivani P.Selvaraj,A.V.Rajagoplan,Dr.V.Jayapal,Manager Thirunavukarsu,Engineer Sudeep and PRO,Singaram. The DWFC (Kalaiarangam) Premises has one more Kalyan mandapam with a seating capacity of 1200, the dining hall has A/C facility with a dining capacity
Dt.Collector- during renovation process
of 300 persons. A mini meeting has full air-conditioned is also available in the
Interior view of Kalaiarangam New wedding hall
same premises. The income from these properties is applied for the welfare of the Trichirapalli District population in the areas if emergency care,

care of the disabled, medical support, education support etc as the committee decides. -Kris