Balasore, 30th June, 2016 (OdishaLIVE Bureau): Balasore MP, Shri R K Jena met Ratan Tata, the Chairman of Tata Trusts, in Mumbai to extend his gratitude to him personally  on behalf of the people of Balasore for the wonderful support extended to Balasore  constituency by Tata Trusts under his dynamic leadership for data-driven governance in district.

One of its kind initiatives taken in the country with the sole objective of bringing development to the doorstep of every household, who need it the most.

“Tata Trusts also promised to help us in Balasore for various social initiatives in key sectors going forward. It was inspiring to learn from Ratan Tata about how he assembled a high-performance team which collaborates and works with people with common interests across the country,” said Jena.

“By common interests, he meant people who are passionate to create an impact on the grassroots and are willing to work towards changing lives of people around,” he said. It may be noted that following initiative of Mr. Jena, the Tata Trusts has undertaken a massive work in Balasore. The team members under the trusts headed by Nikhita Nadkarni, have been making door to door to   baseline survey in Balasore.

During the exhaustive survey they noted actual ground position including the socio economic condition. In the first phase while they undertook two blocks Basta and Baliapal the data were collected by spending 6 lakh man hours between March and May (3 months).

Population , land or landless , types of house(kuchha/pucca), road , drinking water ,electricity, toilet  , school facilities and the source of livelihood etc. were data collected  by the team during door to door survey .

After receipt of the data, those were placed before the district administration, where line department officers too were present.

Those Data while compared with the SECC (Socio economic caste census) conducted by the state government a lot of gap was found between them.

For example, in the case of construction of toilets different figures were found between the Trust and SECC.

The executive engineer, RWSS Rajib Panigrahi said “We carried out works basing on the SECC survey made in 2011, where as the Tata Trust has conducted survey in the current months. So there could be gap.

It was decided in the meeting that a joint team comprising members of the Trust and government official, would make snap check in some villages and see whether there was a gap.

“The objective of the survey by the Tata Trusts   is to   do social mapping then implement the village development plan.  The data has given a real ground picture. The intervention would be made through convergence of different schemes of the government,” said Jena, the MP.

It may be noted Balasore district is the fourth district of the Tata Trust to carry out such type of survey.

Earlier it carried out survey in one each district in Maharashtra, AP and Jharkhand.

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