Exposure Visit to Warangal and Janagoan Updated On 2017-11-02
The women from the Kudumbashree Attappady tribal special project including the leaders of Ooru samithy, Panchayat samithy, Block samithy, Community Resource persons and Animators visited the Janagoan and Warangal District of Telangana state to learn about the women federations and its activities under National Rural livelihood Mission from 26 - 30 October 2017 . The team visited the District, Mandal and Village level federations and took keen interest in the various initiatives of the women federations of Telangana. The vision and the clarity of each members of the executive committee inspired the tribal women from Attappady.
The community based institution structure includes Self Help Groups, Village Organisations, Mandal Federation and District federation. The executive committee of each institution is managing different programmes under the institutions. Livelihoods are promoted by the organizations with the support of Community Investment Fund and now they are focusing on group initiatives. Federation of Persons with Disabilities is their yet another innovative initiative. One community care centre for the PWD is running for the care and protection of the persons who are suffering from various disabilities, managed by the village organisation which consists of doctors, counselors and mentors who provide expert guidance and treatment to the disabled people. The rights and entitlements of the persons are ensured and livelihood opportunities are offered to the family members of PWD.
The team made their visit to Model Villages as well, i.e., to the Pochannapet village of Bachanapet block, which is a completely digitalised village. CCTV camera, card reader for every transaction of villagers (cash less transaction) and digitalised system for purified drinking water (ATW) is the peculiar feature of the village. They are ensuring the basic needs of the families. The villages are 100% Open Defecation Free (ODF) and in every house have ground water regeneration pits. Gangadevipalli of Warangal District is another model village. The decentralization strategy of panchayat is amazing that they have 27 committees in different sectors having members from 12 to 17 which constitute 80% of the population. The planning and implementation of the projects are through these committees. All the members are involved in the decision making process.
The team visited the training institute, different livelihood activities of individual as well as groups and the women shared their experiences with each other and it became a memorable learning experience for the tribal women of Attappady and came back with a firm resolve to build better and sustainable community based institutions.