Bastar : a way forward
The GoI and The State GoC give priority to the development of the tribal community and have identified several priority areas in the development plans.
The identified priority areas include formal education, primary health care, access to safe drinking water and sanitation and provision of livelihood opportunities under NREGS.
The government is doing it’s best by allocating funds and creating infrastructure.
Government efforts alone are not enough as the back log is huge and wide spread.
BKNS established an independent service centre at Halbaras in district Dantewada in 1999.
The aim of the BKNS is to reach the un-reached tribal villages with basic services and to contribute to the government efforts.
Bastar-reaching the un-reached
BKNS identified priority interventions based on the field visits, nutrition surveys and consultations with the community leaders.
Awareness creation is core of the BKNS programme. The priority interventions and on going activities of the BKNS include the following:
Supplementary nutrition for school children
Primary health care for women and children
Sickle cell testing and counseling for all
Gurukul facilities for deserving and needy students
Cultural centre for physical and informal education
As of now, the centre provides supplementary nutrition to about 1000 children through 31 Ekalvidyalas
About 15 students are provided Gurukul facilities at Halbaras Asharam
The centre established Sickle cell testing facilities in 2003. Since then 12000 samples have been examined and results shared with state health authority.
Excursion tours to cities are organized for children
Exhibition of the Baster artifacts and saris is organized in major cities, to promote Bastar art and to raise funds.
Training of community health guides for better out reach
Support for external technical and vocational training for developing local skills, expertise and employment opportunities for local youth
BKNS centre at Halbaras is located in a rejuvenated old building situated on a 3 acre land donated by the State government.
(Ashram photo) The other facilities at the centre include a laboratory for sickle cell testing cum dispensary and a community cum training hall.
The centre has a captive water supply source and it is adequate to provide the present infrastructure.
The centre has no source of income and the activities as stated above are supported with financial assistance from corporate groups & donors, contributions by individuals and sale of artifacts.
The BKNS Halbaras centre is managed by dedicated professionals who offer their services free of cost.
The centre employs a doctor, a driver, two lab assistants and about 30 village health guides.
The centre observes complete transparency in all spheres and keeps record of financial transactions including receipts and expenditure. The accounts of the centre are audited annually by a CA.
During the last three years the average annual expenditure of the centre was Rs 10,00,000.
The interventions planned and implemented by the BKNS centre Halbaras has shown success and positive results.
The supplementary nutrition has restored normal growth of more than 1000 children.
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The GoI and The State GoC give priority to the development of the tribal community and have identified several priority areas in the development plansBastar : a way forward