Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 13:
ActionAid led consortium, with the support from European Commission Humanitarian Office (ECHO) organized a convergence meeting with the government officials here on Wednesday last to discuss on the GO-NGO linkages to expedite post-Phailin response programme, especially the restoration of livelihood of the people affected by cyclone Phailin and subsequent flood in Odisha in October last year.
The consortium which comprises International NGOs like ActionAid, ADRA, Oxfam, Christian Aid and Plan had a daylong discussion with the officials of Horticulture and Fisheries department to take forward the post-Phailin Response programme with the support from the concerned departments.
Delineating the objectives of the meeting, Debabrat Patra, regional manager, ActionAid, Odisha said, “We have already initiated convergence with the concerned government departments at our personal capacities.
However, this meeting will be a unique opportunity for us to explore various government schemes available in Fisheries and Horticulture departments 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, PR Rout, assistant director, Fisheries, Chintamani Behera, assistant Fishery officer, Ganjam and Dr Susant Das, Assistant Horticulture officer spoke 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 to extend all possible support to take ahead the post-Phailin response programme implemented by the consortium.
Apart from this, the role of the civil society organizations to spread the awareness of the government programme was also discussed.
The programme, moderated by Ghasiram Panda, programme manager, ActionAid Odisha, was attended by ActionAid consortium manager Rajeev Jha and representatives from Save the Children consortium.