The Deputy Commissioner, Ms. Vandana
Dadel, conducted several meetings with concerned departments and
NGOs working in Bagodar and Saria blocks. She had firmed belief
that development of Birhors could only be ascertained through
convergence of all departments and their programmes should be
customized to cater specific needs of the community.
Vanvasi Vikas Ashram, a leading NGO in
Giridih district, was directed to conduct household survey in five tandas of Bagodar and Saria blocks. After verification of data and
information provided by Vanvasi Vikas Ashram, it was decided that
the household survey would be taken as base information for
further works in five Birhor tandas.
It was decided to involve one NGO in
each tanda to ensure effective and efficient implementation of
integrated project. They were asked to do micro planning in their
respective tandas and prepare proposal on the same.
To accomplish the micro planning process and proposal development
in each tanda, five organizations were selected on the basis of
their experience, strength and track record.
Education Department would initiate
the development process in Birhor tandas and gradually other
departments would join with their share of works to make each and
every tandas a hub of comprehensive and convergent development
Education department would start their
work with opening of Residential Bridge Course (RBC) in each
tandas. The basic purpose of opening RBC in each tandas is to
build rapport with the community, provide basic education to the
children of 6 – 14 age group and most importantly to ensure
nutrition of these children throughout the day. The number of
children getting enrolled in the RBC is not important as the
Education department would provide full amount so that surplus
amount could be used to cater the nutritional need of women and
adolescent girls of the community.
Every NGO would provide four full time
workers in each tanda. They will reside in the tanda with Birhor
people and try to build rapport with them. Their primary work is
to aware and sensitize them on several relevant issues like
literacy, education, personal cleanliness, health, hygiene&
sanitation, improved community agriculture and involvement in
other income generation activities, women and child care and the
list may go on as per the ideal development indicators.
It has been seen that the ambitious
projects get hampered due to transfer of concerned officials. To
avoid discontinuity or dilution in effective programme
implementation due to transfer of concerned officials, decision
was taken to constitute district and block level task force. The
role of task force is to monitor the program implementation,
follow up support to implementing NGOs and inform the field level
development to district administration.