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Meet held on livelihood restoration of Phailin survivors

Bhubaneswar: An ActionAid-led consortium with the support from European Commission Humanitarian Office (ECHO) organized a convergence meeting with the government officials to discuss on the GO-NGO linkages to speed up post Phailin response programme, especially the restoration of livelihood of the people affected by cyclone Phailin and its subsequent flood. 

The onsortium which comprises International NGOs like ActionAid, ADRA, Oxfam, Christian Aid and Plan had a daylong discussion with the officials of Department of Horticulture and Fisheries onto take forward the post Phailin response programme with the support from the concerned departments.

Delineating the objectives of the meeting, Mr Debabrat Patra, Regional Manager, ActionAid, Odisha said that, “We have already initiated convergence with the concerned government departments at our personal capacities but this meeting will be an exclusive opportunity for us to explore various government schemes available in Fisheries and Horticulture department so that we can find out possible ways and means to converge with them especially for boats and nets, sapling and vegetable seeds for kitchen garden.”

Participating in the discussion, Mr. P.R.Rout, Asst. Director of Fisheries, Mr. Chintamani Behera, Asst. Fishery Officer, Ganjam and Dr. Susant Das, Asst. Horticulture Officer informed the gathering about the schemes and programmes and explained the processes on how the people can be benefited from the ongoing programmes of the state government. They also assured of possible support to take ahead the post Phailin response programme, implemented by the Consortium. Apart from that the role of Civil Society Organizations to spread the awareness of the government programme was also discussed.

Mr. Ghasiram Panda, Programme Manager moderated the programme. Among others, ActionAid Consortium Manager Mr. Rajeev Jha and representatives from Save the Children Consortium were also present.

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