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  • Title: By the Brahmaputra (Vol:15) : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: By the Brahmaputra (Vol:15).. | October 3, 2011 |.. C-NES Newsletter.. (For the quarter July – September 2011).. Editorial.. Sikkim Quake is Wake Up call.. The earthquake in Sikkim and the sheer terror and sense of helplessness that it inspired among the victims as well as those who have been trying to rescue them and document/report on event is a grim reminder of the power that nature can unleash without warning.. I’m not talking about the ‘havoc’ that our natural world can strike but of the power it wields and the incapacity, inefficiency and seeming inability of our human systems, processes and ingenuity to ‘deal’ with this.. Human folly, error, greed or a deadly mix of all three causes most of the ‘havoc’ that explodes during and after a natural calamity such as an earthquake or major flood.. Because that ‘havoc’ in often meant to translate into loss of human life, human property, and the economy on which we depend.. Have you noticed that there is little or no reportage of the damage caused to wildlife or to the ecology of the place? That much of the damage, in Sikkim and elsewhere, is a result of bad planning of infrastructure expansion, especially roads and major hydro projects, of haphazard building of homes and offices, of not understanding and respecting mountain systems and of learning that our place in these systems is minor, not major.. We destroy and change without planning or concern for the future – at our own cost.. The destruction of our species lies in its infinite capacity to malignantly harm its own kind – no other species on the face of the earth does that – and in our supreme arrogance thinking that we are right.. Our hearts go out to those who have suffered in the Sikkim earthquake and to those who have gone before them in calamities without number, unheeded, unreached and unhelped: Gujarat, Kashmir, Latur, Uttarkashi and the mother of them all – the Great Assam Earthquake of 1950, Aug.. 15.. And now the same voices will be heard – ‘we were not prepared’, ‘the buildings were unsafe’, help did not reach in time’, ‘the government doesn’t seem to know what it’s doing’ and ‘we helped each other, where were the disaster relief teams?’ etc.. There’s a new twist to the tale – as one news channel reported, members of the National Disaster Relief Force who arrived in Gangtok the day after the tragedy struck, were not going around their job but trying to get their food and rations.. That is why the National Disaster Programme is often derided as a disaster itself.. This is not to underplay the importance of the role of the NRDF and their courage but to underline the failure of those who plan for disasters; it is mired in bureaucratic mindsets, which see success in a few drills, training workshops and some action in the field.. I used to be a member of the Advisory Council of the National Disaster Management Board some time back; some of us raised issues time and again about preparedness especially at the state level, for urban planning and management and controls, of the need to use fast boats for rescue operations in river-dependent states.. I would urge media training workshops etc.. Nothing much happened – not surprisingly: we would meet but once a year.. So why would anyone, in the ‘permanent executive’, i.. e.. the bureaucracy, take us seriously?.. The earthquake in our small neighbouring state was felt in Tibet and Nepal; such events do not respect national boundaries no matter how our media plays it up as something located in India.. The disaster underlines the urgent need to look at specific strategies to tackle the nightmarish growth that is killing our cities and the lands and ecosystems around them.. Take the relentless construction in places like Guwahati where concrete monsters of malls, homes and offices are occupying the natural flood management centres, the wetlands or beels.. We are rushing to our own destruction for these are the very areas that an earthquake will first demolish.. We have some very articulate young leaders who seek permanency rights to those who have settled illegally, for example, in Guwahati, the heart of the North-east.. It is the right of everyone to have a roof over their heads, food for nourishment, access to health and education.. That is unquestionable.. But this needs to be done, taking into account, the rights of others and the safety and sustainability of settlement.. After all, who will mourn for those who have settled illegally when they become victims of landslides, quakes and floods? Will those who agitate for them also compensate them?.. We hope such leaders will raise their voices against the land mafia which has have captured the lands of others.. The land mafia is an international phenomenon, preying on human greed and distress.. It operates in urban centres across the world, including Guwahati, enjoying protection by officials, the support of business, illegal land sharks but revenue staff.. The latter are the kingpins and it is they who must be investigated and exposed as also their links to the higher echelons of power, including the police, bureaucracy and politics.. The Minister in Assam who handles Guwahati is Himanta Biswa Sarma.. Many disagree with him on a wide range of issues.. Yet, his no-nonsense approach has galvanized the Health Department over the years and he is turning his attention to Education, which needs a major clean up and push.. But what are happening about Guwahati and other urban centres in Assam? There are few signs of efforts to control the land mafia and the haphazard growth disaster overtaking the city as forests, hills and agricultural lands are plundered.. The mess at Khanapara and Jorabat is visible for all to see and experience, every day.. Action must be taken urgently; the Sikkim earthquake is a wake up call and media, rights activists and scientists should put pressure on state governments in quake-prone regions to publicly come out with their disaster preparedness programs, starting from the district and panchayat level to the state level.. The key challenge is construction design and the need to build earthquake-proof or resistant and resilient buildings; this in turn depends on location and soil quality as much as on what materials should be used.. There need to be trauma and counseling centres because people have been struck by distress and fear.. This is an issue that is often forgotten: physical damage, in terms of injuries and property and loss of funds, can be repaired or healed.. No so trauma, which needs treatment and counseling, similar to victims of violence and oppression.. The Centre must push the States on this and ‘civil society’ and media must be unrelenting.. The Sikkim quake cannot be treated as another event that is forgotten in a week and then remembered when the next disaster strikes.. That is what governments would love us to do.. We cannot afford to be complacent.. The same can be said for Aizawl, Shillong and Kohima, at the very least in our region, and all hill stations across the Himalayan belt, in and outside India.. After a major earthquake as this, it is natural for people in the entire region to be worried and for a spate of uninformed writing to assault readers as well as breathless, pontificating and reporting by news channels to overwhelm viewers, adding to their concern and panic.. But that’s the subject of another column.. However, this is a matter to be seriously reviewed – how should news media, visual and print as well as radio and new media (internet, Face Book, Twitter etc) report on such major events? It is all very well to report the facts– but when journalists start broadcasting opinions without understanding basic issues, that’s when major problem arise and they end up by spreading confusion, panic and misinformation.. Sanjoy Hazarika.. Managing Trustee.. (From his regular column in the Assam Tribune, 21 September, 2011).. Assam MMR highest.. Against a national average of 212, the MMR in Assam is 390, the highest in the country, according to the MMR bulletin released by the Home Ministry on July 7th, 2011 along with IMR (Infant Mortality rate) and TFR (Total Fertility Rates).. MMR is the rate of women who die in child birth as a proportion of the population.. However MMR in Assam has considerably declined from 480(during 2004- 2006) period to 390(2007- 2009) and Assam has seen significant efforts by the state government in the health field to bring down MMR, IMR and TFR.. C-NES’ Boat Clinic health outreach programme works specifically in these three areas in 13 districts of Assam, in a huge task partnership with NRHM , crucial to reach the vulnerable areas of the sapori and char population across the Brahmaputra Valley.. MT meets NRHM officials.. A health camp under a tent at Jorhat districts Charai sapori.. Managing Trustee Sanjoy Hazarika held a meeting with senior officials of the National Rural Health Mission in New Delhi to discuss the ongoing partnership between C-NES and NRHM in Assam.. The meeting, on 5 July, between Mr.. Hazarika, Mr.. Pradhan, head and Executive Director of the NRHM, and Mr.. Naved Masood, Special Secretary was held at the Ministry of Health.. At the discussion, issues relating to the C-NES- NRHM Public Private Partnership model being followed for the Boat  ...   Mr P.. Ghosh, Director, Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI).. Sanjay Sharma represented C-NES and spoke on the process of the spread of the boat clinics taking active part in the panel discussion on “Rethinking Health systems”.. Speaking on the health and education scenario of the region, Professor Amartya Sen said that both these crucial areas of development indicators were neglected.. He stressed on the need for quality healthcare which reaches the poorest in remote areas of the region.. Professor Michael Marmot highlighted on the global health aspects and showed slides on health, nutrition, average life expectancy, average growth weight, and the need to focus on key areas with research findings to have significant achievements.. The panel discussion under the theme, “Equity in Health” saw Dr Sunil Kaul from the.. ant.. , Chirang district of Assam speaking on the issues on immunisation coverage and non availability of Medical officers in the remote areas of Assam.. He also spoke highly on the performance of NRHM in Assam.. The speakers in the panel discussions stressed mostly on the need for healthcare delivery at the grassroots.. Towards the conclusion of the assembly, a minutes silence was observed in the memory of the late Dr Chandrakanta Patil, who was pursuing his post graduate studies in Community Medicine and Public Health at the KEM Medical College, Mumbai during his tragic accidental death on September 21, 2008, by lightening while he was providing medical relief to flood victims, at a relief camp in Bihar’s nondescript Katariya, Supaul.. Dr Patil was just 24.. Visitors at Rowmari Char.. Ms Daniel from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, US and Mr Santosh, UNICEF Consultant,s observing the health camp being conducted.. A two member team comprising of Ms D.. Daniel from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, US and Mr Santosh, UNICEF Consultant, visited the Barpeta Unit II Boat Clinic in lower Assam on July 14, 2011.. The team joined the health team on the Boat Clinic during their trip to conduct a health camp at Rowmari char, located behind the picturesque Baghbar hills.. The SDM HO of Mandia BPHC, Block Extension Educator (BEE) and Block Programme Manager (BPM ) accompanied the team.. The hour long boat journey from Manikpur ghat to the char started at 11am.. The health team informed the local ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) ahead of the teams visit so that necessary arrangements for the camp were made.. The Community workers of the health team were sent earlier to the char to inform villagers about the camp, held on the banks of the Brahmaputra.. There were 117 general check ups, 6 ante natal check ups conducted and 16 children immunized.. As part of family planning measures, oral contraceptive pills and condoms were distributed among eligible couples.. An awareness session on the importance of breast feeding was also conducted by the team.. The visitors were impressed by the way the camp was organized and the outreach of health services to these isolated people obvious from the comment left behind by Daniel in the Visitors book “The experience of seeing the Boat clinic camp is life changing.. The staff at the clinic is doing wonderful work.. They care for the very young to the very old.. So many different areas are covered- general check ups, laboratory tests, distribution of medicine, family planning and immunization.. The team is providing care to the people who would not have access to these services otherwise.. Wonderful work!” she wrote.. Health Camp at Kadamtola Kopahtoli char: A report by Sanjay Sharma, Associate Programme Manager, C-NES.. Young girls from Ramapara Pathar returning from Kodomtola High School.. They were offered a lift in the boat Clinic.. They have often to swim and cross three streams in the Brahmaputra after classes due to shortage of passenger boats.. A visit was made to Kadamtola Kopahtoli char, Mondia Block on 15 July 2011 with the Barpeta Boat Clinic Unit II.. The team reached the Manikpur ghat at 930 hours.. At Manikpur ghat the road was muddy and slippery.. We had to cross a small stream near the ghat to reach the boat holding their shoes and slippers in hand.. During the journey there were discussions on the visit of the representative of CDC, Atlanta the previous day.. After about one and half hours the boat reached Kodamtola Kopahtoli ghat and the camp was organized at the Kodamtola M E School.. A large crowd had already gathered at the school when we reached.. The temporary health unit was set up immediately inside the school.. The school was having summer holidays and the team could use it for conducting the health camp.. Pharmacy was setup in the boat as the boat was anchored close to the school.. During monsoons the boat reaches inside the villages.. Medical officers Dr Soleman Khan and Dr Shah Alom checked up the patients in the temporary OPD setup inside the school building assisted by the laboratory technician and nurses.. Community Workers Reyhan Ali, Montaz Ali Khan and Wahabur Rahman were busy organizing the crowd and distributing advice slips to the patients.. At times they were seen to be in difficulty controlling the large crowd.. The DPO and the Community workers called on ASHA workers to organize the crowd.. Later an awareness meeting was organized wherein there were discussions on IMR and MMR , their extremely poor figures for Assam and why care of the young mothers was important.. The importance of Family Planning was also highlighted.. The community workers spoke on the six killer diseases which proves fatal for infants and how the process of routine immunization helps in reducing IMR.. People were told about the schemes of NRHM where the mothers, men and women could take benefits.. At the health camp there were 18 ANCs, 24 RIs, and 191 general Health Checkups.. The camp which started at 1130 hours ended at 1530 hours.. We reached the ghat at 1700 hours and started the return journey to Guwahati.. The Pharmacist, laboratory technician and an ANM Jilima Begum accompanied in our car.. Bearing witness- Boll report released.. Sanjoy Hazarika, speaking at the launch of the Report, Bearing Witness at New Delhi, Sept.. 7.. on his left is Mr.. Gopal Pillai, former Union Home Secretary, Government of India, who inaugurated the three-day event.. On Mr.. Pillai s left is Mr.. MP Bezbaruah, former Union Tourism Secretary.. Former Home Secretary Gopal Pillai launched a three-day programme of C-NES in New Delhi on September 7, 2011, saying that it was crucial for governments and non-government groups to reach out to groups and communities in the North-east which felt distanced and alienated.. Pillai, who released the report, ‘Bearing Witness: the impact of conflict on women in Nagaland and Assam,’ based on research by C-nes teams in the two states, said that he had been moved by the accounts in the reports of the reality of the pain and trauma that women especially had suffered over decades.. Sanjoy Hazarika, Managing Trustee of C-nes, who was co-author and project director, delivered opening remarks, spoke of the project and how it had taken shape.. He paid tribute to the hard work of the research teams of Charles Chasie, Dr.. Lungshang Zeliang and Dr.. Buno Ligase in Nagalad as well as Mirza Zulfikar Rehman and Riturekha Baruah of Assam and their networks that enabled such a powerful document to emerge.. The Project Report was edited by Ms.. Preeti Gill, the editor of Zubaan, also an associate director of the Conflict project.. Senior figures from government, media, scholars, non-government groups as well as diplomats and representatives of international organizations took part in the inaugural, which was held at the India International Centre Annexe where Kausiki Sarma’s graphic photographs of the project and women victims was also opened by Mr.. Pillai.. The project was funded by the Heinrich Boll Foundation of Germany and the IIC was also a partner.. The premiere of the documentary, ‘A Measure of Impunity,’ directed by Maulee Senapati and produced and scripted by Sanjoy Hazarika was also screened during the three day event.. The final event was a surcharged evening of discussions led by a panel comprising of the respected scholar Prof.. Udayon Misra, Dr.. P.. Ngully, psychiatrist from Nagaland, Ms.. Meenakshi Ganguly, representative of Human Rights Watch, Ms.. Monalisa Chankija, editor of the Nagaland Page, Mr.. Mirza Rahman, researcher for the Assam segment of the project, and Mr.. Hazarika.. The discussion was chaired by Ms.. Gill, who spoke of how her understanding of issues and people had grown over the years through travel there and extensive meetings and conversations with a wide range of individuals and groups.. Closing the three-day event, Mr.. Hazarika spoke of how the issues raised in the report and the interactions could be developed in the National Steering Committee on Health of which he was a member; it would be important to include these issues through a prescriptive framework into a policy structure involving the stakeholders.. Like this:.. Like.. Loading.. Category.. :.. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to receive more just like it.. Subscribe via RSS Feed.. Leave a Reply.. Click here to cancel reply.. Name.. ( required ).. Email.. ( required; will not be published ).. Website.. If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a.. Gravatar.. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.. Notify me of new posts by email.. %d.. bloggers like this:..

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  • Title: By the Brahmaputra (Vol :14) : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: By the Brahmaputra (Vol :14).. | July 14, 2011 |.. (For the quarter April – June 2011).. Editorial.. Delhi needs to follow Gogoi’s lead.. The Assam Chief Minister, cruising on his massive mandate in the recent Assembly elections, is wasting no time in getting down to business.. In a flurry of activity, Tarun Gogoi has, these past days, instructed members of his Cabinet to formulate their priorities in a document so that he can incorporate these into his annual Budget (the formal presentation of the Budget for 2011-12 was delayed by the May elections) — as a reward, a grateful Centre has hiked Assam annual allocation of Plan funds by a whopping 20%; strongly petitioned Government of India on the reported Chinese plans to build dams on the Yarlung Tsangpo, as the Brahmaputra of Assam is known in Tibet where the great river originates.. Mr Gogoi has asked for strategy papers, backed up by data on financial resources required to fulfill those goals by 25 June.. This must be a first of its kind, at least for the state, and is important not just to present at the Budget but also to follow up strongly so that these strategies are translated into implementation.. Since Mr Gogoi is serious about tackling both short term and long term issues head on, he must take the exercise two steps further if it is to have meaning in real terms: the ministers and their officials must be asked to set annual targets with bi-annual reviews of their work and their continuance in office should be dependent on their report cards.. A new minister should be given two-to-three years to show delivery of results; the veterans need not be given more than one or two at the very most.. Mr Gogoi has the capacity and the mandate to crack the whip with complete assurance — there is no challenge to his leadership and it is important to show that he not just means business but also shows decisively that he can do just that.. Of course, it is easier, in some ways, to sack ministers than their permanent staff, but the latter must also be made accountable through the Right to Information process which becomes the public s access to what public servants and government leaders are doing or supposed to be doing.. In addition, the depleted Opposition, without losing heart, should function as watchdogs, with the media also taking up issues without being scandal-mongers.. One would say that this is the approach that one would seek from the Opposition and media in a larger context as well, not limited to one state but to all states across India as well as Parliament.. The latest battles on the Lokpal Bill and the issue of corruption shows that there is a growing demand not just for accountability and able political leadership, but also for what one would call clean politicians at the Parliamentary and other levels.. This should gather momentum in the next years and not peter away.. On the issue of the Chinese dams on the Tsangpo, — an issue highlighted by this column — Mr Gogoi has minced no words and pulled no punches, for this would devastate the agricultural economies of Assam and Bangladesh, so dependent on floods and the floodplains as well as the alluvial soil that enriches farmlands (both regions have low dependency on pesticides and fertilizers).. This is the right stand to take, for the Chinese must be reminded that while internal dam engineering is their own affair (including the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze which is proving both economically and environmentally disastrous), they have no right to make unilateral constructions on international rivers which impact the lower riparian.. India and Bangladesh must make common cause on this issue.. Mr Gogoi has been extremely astute: he has positioned himself on the side of the influential anti-big dam movements in the Northeast, putting Arunachal, with its ridiculous and anti-people plans for damning every river that flows through that state, in the hot seat.. But more important, by focusing on Tibet, he has shown a national approach; after all, it was less than 50 years ago when China invaded Arunachal Pradesh, then the North Eastern Frontier Agency (NEFA), to assert its territorial claims, and Jawaharlal Nehru made a pathetic broadcast that outraged and still angers the Northeast, virtually saying goodbye: My heart goes out to the people of Assam.. This will not be accepted by anyone in the region and Delhi would do well to follow Mr Gogoi s lead and tell Beijing where to get off.. (From his regular column in the Sunday Guardian, July 9th, 2011).. Baby delivered at Sarikholia sapori.. The new born soon after delivery.. A baby boy was delivered in April 2011 at Sarikholia sapori, Dibrugarh district in upper Assam, under the supervision of Dr Bhaben Borah and Dr Kumud Agarwala, Medical Officers of the Dibrugarh Boat Clinic while the boat clinic was anchored at Mesaki sapori for a scheduled camp.. The new mother, Ramita Yadav was earlier brought to the boat clinic by her husband Ashok Yadav at 7 am under labour.. She was kept under observation of the doctors and the nurses in the make shift labour room inside the tent, given necessary drips and medicines and at 10:40 am delivered a healthy baby boy weighing 2.. 8 kg.. Ramita had undergone all three mandatory ANC check ups at the boat clinic.. This was the fifth delivery conducted by the Dibrugarh boat clinic since 2008 and ninth successful, safe delivery conducted on the boat clinics till date – Five in Dibrugarh, two in Dhemaji, one in Barpeta and one in Jorhat (February 2011).. The Boat Clinic health outreach programme reaches out to the state’s vulnerable population who live on islands on the Brahmaputra with a special focus on women and children, who are the most vulnerable in difficult conditions.. Providing ANC, PNC checkups along with advocating institutional deliveries has been priority with all the health teams especially crucial for a state like Assam which has India’s worst Maternal Mortality rate at 390(latest MMR bulletin by Home Ministry, 7th July, 2011) higher than Bihar or Uttar Pradesh, and a high Infant Mortality Rate.. SB Numali at Sonitpur.. SB Numali, the boat donated by Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) to C-NES as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), is ready for service at Sonitpur district.. The boat will provide health services to the marginalized river island population of the district as part of C-NES’ Boat Clinic programme under NRHM.. The inaugural function of the boat launch was earlier held on 11th March 2011 at Majuli ghat, Jorhat.. Senior officials from NRL and C-NES Managing Trustee, Sanjoy Hazarika were present at the launch.. NRL has donated Rs.. 12 lakhs for the boat to support the innovative boat clinic initiative in Assam.. The first installment of Rs.. 4 lakhs was handed over by the Managing Director NRL, Dr.. B.. K Das to Mr Sanjoy Hazarika in September 2010.. Sanjoy Hazarika with senior officials from NRL inaugurating the boat at Majuli.. A group photograph after the inauguration of the NRL donated boat at Majuli.. Survey on char sanitation.. Students from MILE with the DPO, Bongaigaon, Muktinath Basumatari (centre ) on way to the health camp.. In March 2011, Management students from MILE (Management Institute for Leadership and Excellence), Maharashtra accompanied the Bongaigaon Boat Clinic health team.. to Kabaitary Pt-III.. The students were conducting a survey on a sanitation project under the initiative of the Deputy Commissioner, Bongaigaon.. The official had directed the students to accompany the Boat clinic team in order to collect information on sanitation in the char areas.. Community workers demonstrating hand washing with soap.. The District Programme Officer, Bongaigaon along with the three students held group discussion with the community members.. Inhabitants were asked questions on sanitation interpreted by the DPO.. The students urged the people to build and use toilets and told them that it would cost them only around 2500/- to 3000/- to build a toilet but would save them from a number of diseases.. The need to wash hands with soap after going to the toilet to prevent diseases was also emphasized by the students.. People in these areas especially children suffer from frequent bouts of diarrhea , dysentery and other water borne diseases due to  ...   competitions.. Ravi Tanti, CRS Community Reporter facilitated the programmes and recorded it.. About 30 saplings were planted by the children and the local community under the initiative of the CRS team.. The Manager of the TE agreed to take care of the saplings.. Medical Officers Training.. Noted academician and C-NES Advisory Council member Udayan Mishra at the training.. Sitting with him are Ashok Rao, , Sanjay Sharma, Bhaswati Goswami and Manik Boruah(standing)from C-NES, Guwahati.. A two day Medical Officers training programme was organized by C-NES in association with NRHM, Govt of Assam, on 3rd and 4th June at Hotel Orchid, Guwahati.. The training dealt with issues related to reducing Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Total Fertility Rate (TFR) in the thirteen Boat Clinic operated districts in Assam, issues extremely relevant to the state.. 25 Medical Officers and 4 District Programme Officers from the 15 Boat Clinic units along with members from the PMU were present at the training programme.. The Mission Director, NRMH, Dr JB Ekka(centre) releasing a handbook on Family planning for Ashas, AWW, change agents and FP counsellors, published by C-NES.. Standing to his left is Dr A Sarma and to his right is Dr C R Hira, Consultants, NRHM.. The Mission Director, NRMH, DR JB Ekka present at the training said that he was happy to be here with the “special team of doctors” as their work “was special and different, working as they were, under extremely challenging conditions”.. Everywhere in India and abroad the Boat Clinics are being appreciated and there have been talks of their being replicated outside Assam.. He added that Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) and Infant Mortality Rate( IMR) are indicators of the health system.. and Assam being way down in the country on both with MMR at 390 per 10,000,00 live births (latest MMR bulletin by Home Ministry, 7th July, 2011) and IMR at a dismal 61 per 1000, the state needs to.. focus on maternal and child health Dr Ekka.. also inaugurated a booklet on Family planning (FP) published by C-NES, funded by PFI for Ashas, AWW, change agents and FP counselors, on the occasion.. Earlier addressing the young doctors in his inaugural speech, noted academician, C-NES Advisory Council Member, Udayon Mishra said that they were fortunate to get involved in this kind of work, where they were not just confined to academic figures but were into the reality scenario.. Appreciating the vision and the untiring efforts of the C-NES Managing Trustee Sanjoy Hazarika in translating his innovative concept of the “Ships of Hope” into reality and said,.. “Lots of people have ideas, very few have the consistency and the luck to translate these ideas to reality.. All sessions witnessed keen and active interactions between the MOs and the resource persons.. Hazarika at Berlin.. Sanjoy Hazarika with Boll Foundation senior staff at their office in Berlin.. C-NES Managing Trustee Sanjoy Hazarika visited Berlin, Germany, at the invitation of the Heinrich Boll Foundation with which C-NES has a partnership.. It has concluded a major research study on the Impact of Conflict on Women in Assam and Nagaland and also finished filming a documentary on the same issue.. The latter is produced and scripted by Mr.. Hazarika while Direction and Cinematography are by Maulee Senapati.. At the Boll Foundation, Mr.. Hazarika met with officers of the Foundation and made a presentation of issues before the North East as well as the work of C-NES in health, education and other sectors of governance.. A private screening of the film was also held.. Future possible partnerships were discussed.. Sanjoy Hazarika with Josef Winkler Green Party MP staff, German Parliament.. In addition, Mr.. Hazarika met with senior officers handling South Asia at the German Foreign Office where he was hosted for lunch in the historic pre-World War II building and held discussions on the social and political issues before South Asia, including India, Bangladesh and Nepal.. They showed a great deal of interest both in conditions of the NER as well as C-NES’ unique and pioneering work, especially as Mr.. Hazarika has been made a member of the National Steering Group of Health.. During his visit, Mr.. Hazarika called on Mr.. Josef Winkler, Member of the Bundestag (German Parliament) from the Green Party and a significant leader of the same.. Discussions with the MP and his Parliamentary staff concentrated on issues of rights, legal structures and health and governance issues, including the Boat Clinics initiative.. Hazarika has met with Mr.. Wjinkler on earlier visits of the latter and his Parliamentary colleagues to Guwahati and in March 2011 to New Delhi.. ‘A clearer profile of C-NES and its unique innovative work was established and developed at various levels, the discussions were substantial and detailed and there is great interest in the issues before the North-east at various levels of Germany, especially on issues of governance, rights and current peace prospects as well as relationships with neigbhours such as Bangladesh and Myanmar,’ Mr.. Hazarika says after the meetings.. PHFI Documentary on the Boat Clinics.. A patient being interviewed at Ulupam sapori, Majuli, Jorhat.. A documentary on C-NES’ unique Boat Clinics is being developed by the New Delhi based Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI).. The film is part of a PHFI project supported by the renowned US based renowned Mac Arthur Foundation under the title, Developing Case Studies of innovations in Public Health for Competency Strengthening and Advocacy.. The film will be used for advocacy and teaching purposes in PHFI s Indian Institutes as also other educational institutions for illustrating/promoting scaling -up of innovations in health towards improving maternal and newborn health.. Kriti, a New Delhi based NGO in association with Blackticket, is producing the film for PHFI.. An awareness session conducted by ASHAs in Ulupam sapori, Majuli, Jorhat, being filmed.. Accordingly a five member team from PHFi and Kriti recently visited Guwahati for filming the activities of Boat Clinics at Jorhat and Morigaon.. The team comprised of Ms Radhika Arora, Ms Madhavi Mishra from PHFI and Ms Rintu Thomas, Mr Sushmit Ghosh and Mr Mayank Khurana from Kriti and Blackticket.. The team conducted an hour long interview with Dr J B Ekka, Mission Director of NRHM at his official chamber wherein Dr Ekka spoke highly about the boat clinics.. Boost to Family Planning.. Beneficiaries receiving incentives after the LS, helped by the Sonitpur Boat Clinic Family Planning Counselor Bonobithi Das (in blue ).. Supported by the Sonitpur Boat Clinic team, laparoscopic sterilizations (LS) as part of family planning initiatives were performed on eight women of child bearing age from Sonitpur’s Ashigarh and Ekroti char in June, 2011 at the Kanaklata Civil hospital, Tezpur.. Along with reducing the high Maternal Mortality Rate at 390 per 10,000,00 live births (latest MMR bulletin by Home Ministry, 7th July, 2011), Infant Mortality Rate (IMR- 61 per 1000) in Assam, reducing the high Total Fertility Rate (TFR- 2.. 6) in the state is an important focus area of C-NES’ Boat Clinic health initiatives under NRHM.. District Programme Officer, Moushumi Duwarah(standing left with specs) with the beneficiaries.. The beneficiaries for LS were accompanied by two Anganwadi workers (AWWs) from the concerned chars and an ASHA from Ashigarh char.. The Boat Clinic team provided the referral boat service for transporting the beneficiaries to and fro as most chars including these chars lack regular boat services.. The community worker and a boat crew member from the Boat Clinic unit were sent to Ashigarh char in the referral boat a day ahead for the purpose.. The Boat Clinic health team led by Moushumi Duwarah, the District Programme Officer (DPO)and Bonobithi Das , Family Planning Counselor (FPC) made the necessary arrangements for the operation much before the beneficiaries arrived including informing doctors, nurses, laboratory technician, hospital in charge, ambulance driver and administrative staff for incentives.. The operations were conducted successfully and the beneficiaries given free medicines and Rs 600 each as an incentive.. The AWWs were given incentives of Rs.. 500 (for each beneficiary) as per the NRHM norm.. After constant awareness sessions by the health team, the people are becoming aware of the importance of family planning and have started using different methods, observed team members.. Earlier in May, 2011 women from two different chars ( 3 from Tinikur and two from Ekroti char) had undergone LS on 12th May 2011 at Kanaklata Civil Hospital..

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  • Title: By the Brahmaputra (Vol: 13) : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: By the Brahmaputra (Vol: 13).. | April 9, 2011 |.. (For the quarter January- March 2011).. NE Bandhs and ASEAN:.. Will we make it?.. What do bandhs have in common with ASEAN, the Association of South East Asian Nations, that conglomerate of the energetic nations of SE Asia (although three are LDCs or Least Developed Countries – Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos)? Obviously bandhs and ASEAN don’t go together, although there are some from time to time and Thailand, of course, is disrupted by political agitations frequently.. But, take a look around the other countries, there’s little disruption of their economic surge or commercial production by strikes.. I’m not saying that this is a good or bad thing.. I’m merely intrigued by the gap in understanding among intellectuals, editors, scholars and politicians in India, especially its North-east, who are desperately pushing for connectivity to SE Asia, but are unable to say or do anything about the frequent bandhs which disrupt daily life and the economy in our region, called by students, political parties and even insurgents.. So the question is not as strange as it appears.. There also a gap in credibility, apart from governance.. I write this from Jorhat in Upper Assam, one of the main centres of tea production in the country, which has been shut down all day by a bandh called by journalists to protest an alleged threat to one of their own from the relative of a politician.. There’s another bandh called by the All Assam Tea Tribes Students Association (AATTSA for short).. No businessman or women worth his or her salt will invest in a place where, in addition to the problems of delivery and security, you also have a constant worry that shipments, production and attendance of workers and staff will be disrupted by a sudden strike, however justified.. These are the issues, which as much as anything else – and certainly not big talk will make an impact on ASEAN visitors and shape the pace of our connectivity.. It’s not good enough to hark back to the past but also to show, on the ground, that we have the will to ensure connectivity, not disrupt it.. Last week, the ASEAN show rolled into Delhi, and it was pretty formidable.. Surin Pitsuwan, the ASEAN Secretary-General, and one of the most brilliant intellects of Asia, captured the audience with his powerful inaugural address (he’s a hard act to follow: External Affairs Minister SM Krishna spoke after him and, naturally, as is his wont, put everyone in the room to sleep).. Pitsuwan said that the NE was ‘naturally connected to South East Asia” and noted that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had a seat from Assam.. He was making a political statement – that the connectivity was important also because the country’s top political leader had a constituency there.. That evening, the Thai Foreign Minister was even more elaborate: “The foreign ministers of ASEAN propose a trip by road to Myanmar by road and then to Assam,” so that they could understand the opportunities and challenges in traveling through this region.. This is part of the “evolving architecture” of Asia, where road and rail connectivity will make travel from Vietnam to Turkey or any part of the world in between including Central Asia and Russia – a reality.. But a top engineer tells me that the new Assam highways are about six years behind schedule: i.. we are completing 2005-06 roads this year!.. The contradictions in our approach to South East Asia were visible at the ASEAN-India partner event in Delhi; not a single political leader from the North-east which is the only part of this country with a direct land and historical link with SE Asia, was there.. Agatha Sangma, billed as the “youngest Minister” in the Council of Minister who is Minister for Rural Development, didn’t turn up at her session.. There is another aspect to the new interest in the North-east: it is seen as one of the last “undiscovered” jewels of the world which can be a huge travel destination.. The protection of our environment and natural resources needs to be central to our planning and programme implementation.. This has hardly found space in all the conferences, summits, seminars as well as the vision documents quoted so extensively.. (Published on 13 March 2011 in Sunday Guardian).. Common Review Mission (CRM) team at Dhemaji Boat Clinic.. A Common Review Mission team headed by Dr Kiran Ambwani, Deputy Commissioner, Family Planning, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India (GoI), Dr Loveleen Johri, Senior Consultant, Reproductive Health, U S Aid, Dr Abhijit Das, Director Centre for Health Social Justice also Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Global Head, University of Washington and Dr Ravinder Kaur, Consultant Maternity Health, MoHFW visited Dhemaji Boat Clinic in December 2010.. Members from the NRHM state team and District Health Society besides Block level health officials under Jonia Block PHC were present.. The Dhemaji Boat Clinic, “SB Shahnaz” was anchored at Mazarbari ghat.. The health team along with Sanjay Sharma, Associate Program Manager, C-NES welcomed the team.. The CRM team boarded the boat and sailed downstream to Churangsiri sapori, a 45 minute journey.. The team attended a health camp at Churangsiri sapori which was held at the LP school premises and interacted with the Village health workers (ASHAs) and the villagers who appreciated the health services provided by the Boat Clinic in their remote areas.. The CRM team on arrival at Mazarbari Ghat.. CRM team interacting with the ASHAs and Villagers.. Common Review Mission team visits Lakhimpur Boat clinic.. A Common Review Mission Team visited the Lakhimpur Boat Clinic to review NRHM health programmes in December 2010.. The eight member team comprised of Dr.. Khanna, National Health Resource Centre (National Institute of Health Family Welfare), Dr.. Partho Jyoty Gogoi, Regional Director, MOH FW, GOI, Guwahati, P.. K.. Abdul Karim, Economist, Ministry of Health, Dr.. G.. C.. Doley, Project Coordinator, GFATM and state, district health and NRHM officials.. Ashok Rao, Programme Manager, C-NES was present with the Lakhimpur Boat Clinic health team.. The team reached Lakhimpur’s Dhunaguri Ghat at 8:40 am and were escorted to the boat.. During the 20 minute boat ride to Aunibari sapori, Dr.. J.. Gogoi enquired about laboratory equipments available.. The medicine supply was looked into.. The district drug store manager was asked to see that boat clinic receives supply regularly.. The nurses were asked about training program they had undergone.. On reaching the camp site, the group interacted with the community and also visited the village.. The villagers informed the team about how the Boat Clinic has been providing regular health services to them which they were earlier deprived of.. Gogoi stressed that there should be a follow up system from the BPHC as it is not possible for boat clinic to return every fortnight.. Khanna commented, “Interaction with the beneficiary has revealed the dire need the Boat Clinic is fulfilling”.. He further added, “Boat Clinic should also advocate preventive education drive in the villages on a sustained basis, to avoid spread of certain infections and epidemics and to take up studies in the area based on the community’s life style, food habits and nutrition to ascertain some of the unidentified and less reported patterns of diseases”.. The CRM team at the camp site.. Medical Officers attending to patients.. PW waiting for ANC check up at the Boat Clinic.. Meeting with Managing Trustee at Shillong.. Managing Trustee (MT) Sanjoy Hazarika met the newly appointed District Programme Officers (DPOs) of the Boat Clinic health outreach programme at a meeting on 7th December 2010 at the conference hall, Shillong Club, Shillong.. The objective of the meeting was to interact with the DPOs of new Boat Clinic Units- to assess their (work) progress, documentation skills, ability to liaison with district administration, District Health Society (DHSs), community mobilization and the challenges they faced.. The Boat Clinic Project has (since August 2010) been up scaled to include three new districts and an additional unit each in two existing districts Goalpara, Bongaigaon and Kamrup are the new districts and existing districts of Dhubri and Barpeta have an additional unit each.. Shortage of medicines and receding water level of the Brahmaputra and the Subansiri (in Lakhimpur) were concerns raised.. The teams in most districts are facing problems of access, having to walk long distances as boats are unable to reach many sites during the winter months which were earlier covered.. A central point where people can gather for the health camps was suggested by the MT for the winter months along with usage of Google Earth for tracking disappearing and reappearing islands Better communication/ coordination with district administration and health department/ ADC (health) was stressed upon by the MT stressed along with compulsory attendance in DHS meetings.. C-NES staff with Managing Trustee, Sanjoy Hazarika at Shillong.. MT at Kunming.. Calling for collaboration in inclusive health care for millions of vulnerable people in NE India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and SW  ...   of floods, erosion, displacement and disaster management in Assam at the Consultation.. Stories of Hope.. A baby boy was delivered on 13.. February, 2011 at Ghuria sapori in Assam’s Jorhat district, under the supervision of Dr Aaron Momin and Dr Debadip Dey, Medical Officers of the Jorhat Boat Clinic.. The Boat Clinic health outreach programme reaches out to the state’s vulnerable population who live on islands on the Brahmaputra with a special focus on women and children, who are the most vulnerable in difficult conditions.. Providing ANC, PNC checkups along with advocating institutional deliveries has been priority with all the health teams especially crucial for a state like Assam which has India’s worst Maternal Mortality rate at 480, higher than Bihar or Uttar Pradesh, and a high Infant Mortality Rate.. There have been eight successful, safe deliveries conducted on the boat clinics till date Four in Dibrugarh, two in Dhemaji, one in Barpeta and this latest one in Jorhat.. A regular patient from Jorhat’s Ghuria sapori, Chandra Hazarika, had suffered a stroke and was paralytic from the past five months.. He was under the observation and care of the health team and his condition has gradually improved.. Initially he would come supported by his wife and son to the camp, but in January 2011 he was able to come walking unescorted.. It was a great achievement for the health team, more so the doctors who were able to improve his condition and build his confidence.. The patient Chandra Hazarika attending a health camp accompanied by his wife.. RI training at AMCH.. A Routine Immunization (RI) training for Boat Clinic Medical Officers and nurses was held at the Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH), Dibrugarh in March 2011.. 16 Medical Officers and 14 Nurses attended the training.. The Joint Director, Health Dibrugarh inaugurated the training and advised the doctors to work sincerely and meet the health needs of the char/sapori communities and to apply the training received to practice.. Dr Tulika Goswami Mahanta, coordinating the training from AMCH mentioned that such refresher trainings for MOs and Nurses are important because new protocols are brought in the health sector regularly.. Sanjay Sharma, Associate Program Manager and Amrit Kumar Bora, District Program Officer, Dibrugarh were present at the inaugural training.. Mr Sharma thanked the Joint Director of Health Services for continuous support to the Boat Clinic programme since 2005 and requested the MOs to utilize the learnings from the training in the field after they return.. The Nurses attended both the RI and Neonatal Resuscitations Training (NRT).. Family Planning.. Regular awareness sessions are conducted by the health teams.. Awareness campaigns on health and hygiene, family planning, safe drinking water and sanitation are organized where people are asked to adopt family planning methods in order to control their large family and to avail of family planning devices available with the boat clinic.. Oral Contraceptive Pills and Pills are regularly distributed by the Boat Clinic teams in all districts.. Dhemaji.. After regular counseling by the DPO and the family planning counselor at Dhemaji 18 women of child bearing age underwent Laparoscopic Surgery at Jonai Block PHC.. 10 were from Boria sapori,2 are from Koilawali sapori, 2 are from Kobu Bazar sapori, 2 from Kobu Nepali sapori , 1 from Birbal sapori and 1 from Bera sapori.. Bongaiaon.. A Field worker, family planning, NRHM accompanied the Bongaigaon health team at the health camp at Chatpara NC in January 2011.. The DPO and the Field worker held Focused group discussion (FGD) with the eligible couples on family planning.. 4 persons were successfully motivated to go for Laparoscopy and NSV.. Health Awareness Camps.. Along with providing basic health services with a focus on mother and child and the elderly and sick, the boat clinic health initiative also works towards creating awareness amongst a largely ignorant population on basic health issues and the need to adopt and promote family planning measures.. Barpeta.. An awareness programme was organized at Patakata-II char village in February 2011.. The community was informed earlier and the camp was held at Patakata L.. School where the DPO spoke about C-NES and the Boat Clinic health initiative with NRHM support whose main goal of was to reduce IMR, MMR and TFR.. In the char area, population explosion is a major problem so people were asked to adopt family planning methods and control large family sizes and that Family Planning devices were available with the boat clinic.. Gunajit Deka, MO, Boat Clinic, explained about various childhood diseases and care to be taken during pregnancy.. He also explained about IMR, MMR with contemporary data.. People expressed their happiness with the services of the Boat Clinic.. Morigaon.. A similar awareness camp was held at the EGS centre premises at Morigaon’s Rongrai-I Char in December 2010.. People were informed earlier about the camp by the community worker and ASHA.. People from the nearby Rongrai-II char also attended the camp.. Along with imparting general awareness on health issues like importance of immunization, ante-natal, post-natal care, exclusive breast feeding, family planning, sanitation and personal hygiene, sports events for children was also organized.. Video clippings on Breast Feeding, Family Planning, Immunization, Malaria, Polio was shown The meeting was also addressed by Mallika Medhi, Executive Director of NRHM, Assam, who urged the people to take the services of Boat Clinic and to provide a helping hand to the health team smooth running of the camps.. Case Study: Cleft Lip and corrective surgery.. Name of the child: Saha Alam Age: 4 month Sex: Male.. Vill: Kheluapara pt I (east).. After detecting the deformity in the child in the previous camp in December 2010, the MO and the DPO had informed the District Community Mobilizer (DCM), NRHM, about the case.. The DCM took the initiative and informed the District Media Expert (DME), NRHM for necessary action.. The child was subsequently taken to Mohendra Mohan Choudhary (MMC) hospital, Guwahati by the DCM along with another 14 children from the char areas.. They were successfully operated upon on their second visit in December by the Operation Smile Cleft Mission team at the hospital.. In the follow up camp by the Boat clinic, the child’s mother expressed her happiness over the initiative taken by the Bongaigaon Boat Clinic team.. Before the operation.. After the operation.. Film screening at Bongaigaon’s Usunger char.. For the first time the Bongaiaoan Boat Clinc team which started conducting health camps from September 2010 , screened short educational, informative films on hand washing, education for the girl child and Diarrhea at Usungar char (west) in March 2011.. Usungar char under Boitamari BPHC, situated south of Boitamari BPHC is about 30 kms from the BPHC.. The char, west of the mighty Brahmaputra is sandy and bare with a population of about 250 people, all fisherman and daily wage earners.. The people are mostly illiterate.. The nearest health centre is Majeralga S/C and Kachudola at the distance of 8-15 kms respectively from the char, on the north bank of the Brahmaputra.. After the routine health check ups, people went inside the Boat Clinic cabin where the films were to be shown.. Around 30 people were present.. The response was good.. People watched silently with interest and replied to post screening questionnaire which showed that they understood whatever they saw.. The CW and ASHA facilitator also explained the same with the help of colorful posters.. Among the audience an EGS school teacher of the char said that the people of the char are illiterate and therefore superstitious and it becomes difficult to change their behavior and beliefs through words.. The informative films being shown inside the Baot Clinic, watched attentively by the gathering.. Seminars at Jamia.. A national seminar was held on Little known fighters against theRaj: figures from Meghalaya in New Delhi in March 2011 at Jamia Millia Islamia, organized by the Saifuddin Kitchlew chair and Centre for NE studies there.. Speakers included Prof David Syiemlieh, Pro-Vice Chancellor of North East Hill University, Prof L Gassah, Dean of Social Sciences, NEHU, Prof Imdad Hussain, historian, and Ms.. Patricia.. Mukhim, C-NES trustee and editor, Shillong Times.. The event was organized by Sanjoy Hazarika, who holds the Kitchlew Chair and runs the NE Centre at Jamia apart from heading C-NES.. This is an effort to bring specific issues of the NE such as the unknown histories of the peoples of the region to the understanding of scholars and policy makers in New Delhi and also weave them into curriculae.. The history of the region,s participation in struggles against the British Raj as well as in the freedom movement are not known.. The second Annual Saifuddin Kitchelew Lecture was delivered by Prof.. Rajmohan Gandhi, Research Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign on ‘Enhancing Security: Lessons of History and Geography in January 2011.. The session was chaired by Dr Sayeda.. Hameed,Member, Planning Commission , the opening remarks were by Mr Najeeb Jung,IAS, Vice -Chancellor,Jamia Millia Islamia and the speakers were introduced by Sanjoy Hazarika, Saifuddin Kitchlew Chair.. ,..

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  • Title: By the Brahmaputra: (Vol: 12) : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: By the Brahmaputra: (Vol: 12).. | January 8, 2011 |.. By the Brahmaputra ( Vol: 12).. (For the quarter October December 2010).. Whispering pines no more: Shillong dying.. Twenty years ago, even 10-15 years back, I would have placed Shillong, my home town, as one of the prettiest hill stations in the country.. Not any longer.. The city is an absolute mess, a concrete jungle with a few pockets of green.. Its streets are overwhelmed by the stench of vehicle fumes and traffic is one long nightmarish jam, especially around school opening and closing times.. In the daytime, trucks ply unhindered through these crowded streets carrying coal, consumer goods, vegetables and heavy machinery, because for a quarter century, the state government, the National Highway authorities and private land owners have been unable to agree on the routing and compensation for the “Shillong bypass,” so appropriately named for it is only a bypass that could save the city from a massive coronary attack.. Shillong, once the “Scotland of the East”, with its valleys and hills, its streams and golf course, its wonderful old wooden bungalows and striking natural scenery in the districts around, is gasping for breath, and no one seems to be bothered – not the government, editors and civil society.. In fact, this is a key campaign that civil society organizations – and there are so many of them in the North-east need to launch, in partnership with the Government.. Shillong may be the capital of Meghalaya but it is the pride of the North-east.. To restore it to health will take a joint effort.. For that to happen, concerned citizens, professional bodies, researchers and individuals from across the North-east with connections to Shillong – and they will be elsewhere in India and across the world — need to pool their ideas, resources and plan on specific, sustainable strategies.. How is this to be done: first document, research (although many already know the reasons and it’s rooted in human greed) and strategize on the problems of the city in separate sectors – traffic management, stopping destruction of the trees and scientific replanting, curbing the rush to build, better water and sanitation, cleaner streets with proper dustbins and regular clearing by municipal trucks.. But opposition by influential groups has successfully blocked plans for municipal elections.. However, even to clear the garbage, the city needs a specific, responsive and responsible government – neither the Autonomous District Council nor the traditional dorbars nor a bunch of bureaucrats nor the State Government can deliver.. Politicians spend time feathering their own nests.. This needs to be thought through carefully.. Without a stake by the people, can a city be governed? There is a solution: the Constitution has enough flexibility to legislate a permanent majority for the Scheduled Tribes in the governance of the city.. This should be ensured.. But it cannot happen by depriving some residents of representation on the basis of their ethnicity.. This would violate the principle of equality before the law and the basis of the Constitution.. Across the world, city and town councils work well because they function on adult franchise.. Gangtok, Shimla and other hill stations are competently run, clean and pleasant to walk around in with are pedestrian zones where no vehicles are allowed; tourist traffic is growing.. But Shillong is growing without planning either for the present or the future.. Thousands of tourists crowd its shops, lanes and markets and dash to Cherrapunji of the fabled rain and falls and elsewhere and congregate noisily for food and fun.. But with its carrying capacity failing, without a sense of ownership by its people and visitors, the city is on the verge of collapse.. Apart from the crisis facing the city, the highway from Guwahati to Shillong is pock marked with long patches of dusty broken road.. Drivers careen crazily across bends and race each other in a mad rush, endangering passengers and villagers.. And now I have seen the future of this once green and pleasant road – the National Highway of India is smashing its way through hill sides and old jungles to build a four lane.. The NHAI can’t maintain the existing two lane, the bypass for Shillong isn’t in place and won’t be for some time.. The four-lane will choke the city to death?.. Jairam Ramesh, our lone environmental warrior in the Government of India probably isn’t aware of this.. His office in Shillong should brief him and he should pay a visit to see what is happening to one of the most beloved hill stations of our land.. This reckless destruction must be challenged.. The goal is simple, the slogan is clear: Save Shillong.. ( From his column in The Shillong Times published on 13.. 12.. 2010).. NRL supports C-NES.. As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) announced a sponsorship amount of Rs.. 12 lakhs.. for the Centre of North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES) to support its innovative boat clinic initiative in Assam.. 4 lakhs was handed over by MD NRL Dr.. K Das to C- NES Managing Trustee, Sanjoy Hazarika in September 2010.. The NRL donated Boat Clinic is likely to be placed at Sonitpur district of Assam.. “We are delighted to welcome NRL as our newest partner in this mission of taking sustained health care and other development services to this excluded population.. Ours is primarily a partnership with the National Rural Health Mission of the State Government but we have important support from the public sector units such as Oil India Ltd and members of the tea industry as also from an international organization such as UNICEF.. ” said C-NES Managing Trustee and journalist of national repute, Sanjoy Hazarika.. The MD NRL, Dr BP Das( in black suit) handing over the first installment.. to Mr Sanjoy Hazarika, MT, C-NES.. Consultation on upscaling education initiative.. C-NES in association with UNICEF, Assam organized a statewide consultation on “Upscaling of C-NES-UNICEF education initiative in the char/saporis of Assam” at Guwahati on 24th September, 2020, at the Indian Institute of Bank Management (IIBM), Khanapara.. The consultation was attended by Ms LS Changsan, Mission Director, Sarba Shiksha Abhigyan (SSA), Assam and Commissioner Higher Education, Ms Jeroo Master, Chief, Field Office, UNICEF, Sanjoy Hazarika, Managing Trustee C-NES, Patricia Mukhim, Editor, Shillong Times and Social Activist, Dr Jayanta Madhab, Economist and former Advisor to the Assam Chief Minister, Papori Boruah, senior consultant, Alternative School, SSA Technical Support Group among others.. Officials from SSA, UNICEF, teachers from schools in the river islands and community members were also present.. C-NES’ education initiative which begun in February 2008 with UNICEF support involves upscaling education with reference to school dropouts in islands of Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur.. Under the initiative children of the river islands have been able to attend regular schools through the innovative concept of Feeder schools (developed and run by the communities in a particular area and attached to a nearby Government school) and the dropouts rates have been significantly reduced in the respective areas.. As the education initiative has been a success in both districts, C-NES in association with UNICEF Assam, proposes to forge a partnership with SSA to upscale the model to similar riverine areas in other districts where the Boat Clinic health initiative is operating with support of the Boat Clinic.. “Our experience from these two districts is that despite difficulties we can tap both the social capital of people in developing and running of these schools as well as connect children to feeder schools to the education process on the mainland” said Sanjoy Hazarika.. “UNICEF is a mentor to us” he further added.. (.. Seated from left) Ms Jeroo Master, Chief, Field Office, UNICEF, Sanjoy Hazarika, Managing Trustee C-NES, Ms LS Changsan, Mission Director, Sarba Shiksha Abhigyan (SSA), Assam and Commissioner Higher Education at the consultation.. A section of the participants at the consultation.. On the forefront (sitting left) is.. Patricia Mukhim, Editor, Shillong Times, Social Activist, and C-NES Trustee.. Orientation for new C-NES members.. An orientation meet was organized by C-NES on 25 September, 2010 at Guwahati for the new members joining the Boat Clinic Project which has ( since August 2010) been up scaled to include five new units Goalpara, Dhubri, Barpeta, Bongaigaon and Kamrup, making it a total of 13 districts and 15 units.. The meeting was attended by Managing Trustee Sanjoy Hazarika, Trustees Dr Jayanta Madhab and Dr Mahfuza Rahman, Advisory Council member, Dileep Chandan, Dr.. Bora, State Programme Manager(SPM) of NRHM, Dr Ajay Thakroo, Project Officer (Health) UNICEF and Dr Sandeep Ghosh, SPM, NRHM besides the newly recruited staff from the units and members of PMU.. After an introductory session by Programme Manager Ashok Rao, the Managing Trustee, Mr Sanjoy Hazarika welcomed  ...   delivery.. The FP Coordinator gave an awareness talk on the need for adopting modern family planning methods and to reduce the family size for a better future.. Dhemaji team assists in delivery.. The Boat Clinc health outreach programme reaches out to the state’s vulnerable population who live on islands on the Brahmaputra with a special focus on women and children.. Providing ANC, PNC checkups along with advocating institutional deliveries has been priority with the health teams, crucial for a state like Assam which has India’s worst Maternal Mortality rate at 480, higher than Bihar or Uttar Pradesh, and a high Infant Mortality Rate.. During September 2010,the Medical Officers of Dhemaji Boat Clinic, Dr Santanu Gogoi and Dr Dipankar Mall Gogoi assisted by the rest of the Boat Clinic health team successfully attended to and helped in conducting two normal deliveries.. The first was at Lamba Mishing sapori village—where Konika Pegu, aged 25, delivered a healthy male baby at 9.. 30 am.. The second was at Koilawali sapori village where Taramai Burman, 20 years, delivered a male baby at 1.. 30 pm Since the woman’s blood group was RH negative , the doctors referred the case to FRU.. PFI orientation.. C-NES’ Population Foundation of India project organized a sensitization meeting and orientation programme for ASHAs, CBO members, PRI members and other stake holders i.. teachers, Anganwadi workers on November 2, 2010 at Na- Ali village, Pub Telahi Panchayat in Lakhimpur district.. 38 people participated in the event which was run by Manik Ch.. Boruah, Asst.. Programme Manager, C-NES, and Chandana Bora, Project Coordinator.. Boruah spoke about the programme’s objectives while Dr.. Nayanmoni Dutta and Dr.. Debasish Koushi, Medical Officers at the Lakhimpur Boat Clinic briefly described different methods of family planning and STI and RTI.. The interactive session also heard Ms.. Bora stress the importance of family planning.. The effort is part of the project’s Information Education Communication (IEC) and behavorial change programmes that seek to tackle the challenges and confusion caused by the continuance of superstition on this sensitive and critical social and developmental issue.. The participants showed keen interest in the issues and many of them said they would work to convince and encourage other villagers to adopt family planning for a stabler future.. A youth from Na- Ali village of Pub Telahi GP under Telahi Development Block of Lakhimpur district sharing his thoughts in the PFI programme for stakeholders on Family Planning.. On the Dias- from left Ms.. Chandana Bora, State Advocacy FP Coordinator; Manik Ch.. Boruah, Asst Programme Manager; Dr.. Debasish Koushik and Dr.. Nayanmoni Dutta, MO, Lakhimpur Boat Clinic.. Health camp at Goalpara: A report.. Ashok Rao, Programme Manager C-NES reports on recent visit to a health camp conducted by the newly initiated Goalpara Boat Clinic:.. The Goalpara Boat Clinic office is setup at Lakhipur, a small town in the district and is about 42 km from the National Highway 52 bordering Meghalaya.. The road from Agia town through which the diversion from NH 52 is taken meanders through small hillocks and reaches a stretch of dusty road under repair till we reached Lakhipur.. To reach the ghat we traveled further through crowded market places with narrow roads (people hardly giving way for the vehicle).. The Boat Clinic is operating from Chunari ghat, about 12 km from Lakhipur.. The original ghat on the embankment has shifted further away as the Brahmaputra has receded.. The driver had to carefully maneuver the vehicle through soft sandy soil.. The boat had just arrived after having dropped the health team at the camp site.. The District Programme Officer, Monoranjan Sutradhar came to pick me up for the camp.. I had carried life jackets for the team from Guwahati and the packet was loaded onto the boat.. We traveled for 30 minutes and reached Patakata char part 1 (it was 12: 50 pm then) where the camp was going on.. The team had arranged the camp in an open area.. This char has a population of around 1500 and habitation is in clusters (20 to 25 houses).. The population of the char is of minority community and has settled from 1998/1999 migrating mainly from nearby Dhubri district.. Their main occupation is cultivation with some fishing.. Whatever they produce is sold in the market in Lakhipur or Chapar in Dhubri district.. Erosions during yearly floods is a main concern for most.. The elders of the village informed that a large portion of land has been swept away during the last floods.. Many had to migrate to other areas.. One LP school exists in the char and children willing to study further has to travel 7/8 km to reach the ME school located in another char.. Goalpara district has no panchayat system due to disturbances in the last Panchayat elections.. This char has a village committee which is formed mainly to look into matters related to land issues and settling disputes within the community.. The lone ASHA in the char has completed 5 module training and she complained that pregnant women were not willing to go in for institutional delivery.. I informed her that we would give training to the Dhai’s (midwives) from the char area which will help her work to a great extent and she should therefore continue to work and provide awareness for better health of the community.. The Diwani (village head), elders and youths requested me to have 2 camps at different sites in this char as the area is big and the sick, elderly and children will have to walk long distances to come to this camp site.. I assured them that we will assess the need for the same and will do the needful.. The camp ended at 3:30 pm, people continued to pour in for treatment including a young child who was brought with fever and was diagnosed with malaria.. 146 patients were registered for treatment with 10 RI’s and 8 ANCs.. The journey back to Chunari ghat took almost an hour.. The new Goalpara Boat Clinic.. Case study 1: Bongaigaon.. (provided by DPO Bongaigaon).. Name of the patient: Mousamad Khodeja Khatun Age: 09 yearsSex: Female Period of disease: 05 yearsSymptoms: Swollen body.. D/O: Mohammad Munaf Ali and Sophia Khatun.. The girl was brought by her mother for treatment at the health camp conducted by the boat clinic.. The mother informed the team that the girl was treated at various health centers (Goalpara, Bongaigaon and Kachudola ) but there has been no change.. The Medical Officers of Boat clinic conducted a thorough check up and suspected it to be a case of CKD (Chronic Kidney disease)/ Polycystic kidney disease and accordingly referred the child to a higher center for treatment.. The team decided to go for follow up in the next phase of camp.. Case study 2: Bongaigaon.. Name of the child: Saha Alam Age: 4 months Sex: MaleD/O: Md.. Sujal Haque and Nisalema KhatunVill: Kheluapara pt I (east).. Saha Alam, the second child of Mohammad Sujal Haque and Nisalema Khatun was born with cleft lips.. While the mother was being treated at a health camp, the child was noticed by the DPO, Boat clinic.. He along with the MOs discussed the child’s deformity with the mother.. The MO referred the child to the Boitamari BPHC after the health team explained to the illiterate mother that cleft lips cases are treated free at various centers including the Smile Foundation.. The concerned ASHA worker was asked to accompany the family to the health centre.. MT in panel discussion.. The Managing Trustee Sanjoy Hazarika took part at the panel discussion moderated by Ms.. Barkha Dutt, editor, NDTV, at the book release of Ms.. Mitra Kalita s new book,.. My Two India’s.. published by Harper Collins on Nov 25, 2010 at the India International Centre.. Kalita is currently senior deputy editor at the Wall Street Journal in New York.. Other panelists included Mr.. Mani Shankar Aiyar, MP and former DoNER Minsiter, as well as Santosh Desai, columnist.. MT gives keynote address on Media and forced Migration.. C-NES Managing Trustee Sanjoy Hazarika gave the keynote address on Media and Forced Migration in the North-east at the Eight Annual Winter Course on Forced Migration, organized by the Manahirban Calcutta Research Group in association with UNHCR and the Govt.. of Finland in December 2010.. The winter course, for young researchers and professionals as well as activists, is a rigorous and focused programme of studies, lectures and field work on issues relating to various aspects of forced migration.. It draws participation from across South Asia, including Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.. CRG has offered to collaboate with C-NES and share its extensive web library and online material on issues of migration.. The session was moderated by Xonzoi Borbora of PANOS South Asia..

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  • Title: By the Brahmaputra (Vol: 11) : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: By the Brahmaputra (Vol: 11).. | October 17, 2010 |.. C-NES Newsletter (For the quarter July Sep 2010).. Mainland Discourse: The media ignores basic facts about the Northeast, J K in its insurgency chatter.. Across India, there is a bonding of searing pain, especially in its northern and eastern peripheries.. The hurt and tumult envelops families and communities in a shroud of despair, whether it is in the Northeast, Jammu and Kashmir or earlier in Punjab.. It has its roots in a political definition articulated by regional non-state groups (armed and civil society) that posits ‘mainland’ India as the ‘other’.. The political challenge to the state, backed by armed revolt, has not been crushed despite deploying the army and paramilitary forces for over 50 years in the Northeast, and in Kashmir for over two decades.. It appears to have been successful in Punjab but at an unacceptable cost.. India truly has been at war with itself—locked with adversaries who have refused to blink or budge for the most part—but that appears to be changing.. This is different from the groundswell of anger which has spread in central India as well as parts of Maharashtra, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh.. The Maoist campaign has grown from an acute frustration at the lack of delivery on promises, from bad government and governance, from the system’s failure to provide basic health, education and livelihood opportunities 63 years after independence.. The focus here is more on inequity and ineptitude of the state than on sovereignty.. It should be clearly recognised that the politics of J K and the Northeast have little or nothing to do with issues of underdevelopment that drive the Maoist agenda.. The country’s media misses and messes this up time after time because they don’t have a memory of even contemporary history, forget what happened a century ago.. It could be argued though that poor basic services and slothful, insensitive and corrupt administration have aggravated the political crisis both in the Northeast and Kashmir.. This is often where the media fails to make the connection—insurgency and bad governance are part of the same coin, the same story—and often misses the point that lack of services exacerbates alienation.. These are the kind of stories that must be leadership-driven, by editors of vision and perspective.. For that, you need the kind of determined editors represented by the ilk of B.. G.. Verghese and P.. Sainath.. There aren’t many of them around.. The challenge in the Northeast—once India’s primary security threat—has abated in the past decades.. On the ground, group after group, tired of unrelenting security pressure and living on the run, have opted for a cessation of hostilities or opened negotiations.. The earlier power and romance when they even enjoyed some popular support is truly a thing of the past.. Corruption has seeped into the core of their existence, a condition rarely reflected by the media.. This is not to discount their capacity to re-emerge because of the Indian state’s ineptness and failure to take political advantage of favourable conditions.. Few in the media reflect on this at any depth, for want of space, time or interest or all three.. In the line of fire Media persons rush for cover during an encounter in Srinagar, April 2005.. ((AFP, From Outlook Magazine Nov 01, 2010 Issue).. On the other side, the men in uniform and government officials wonder why the media focuses on them and not the ‘anti-national activities’ of those opposed to the idea of India.. Amid this, the changing nature of conflicts is overlooked.. There seems to be a tacit understanding within groups and civil society that an agreement assuring great political power within the Indian Union is better than no agreement i.. a constitutional settlement, which till recently was anathema.. But the media, especially television, with its desperation for trp ratings (which for the most part are fudged anyway), is totally inconsistent and uncommitted to following up such issues in a sustained manner.. Instead, it gives the impression of being a bull in a china shop with noisy, celebrity anchors and breathless reporters.. Thus, whenever the media raises the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which empowers soldiers to kill on suspicion and still not be prosecuted for murder, the discourse often focuses on an individual or the most visible sights of protest in Manipur.. These discussions and the articles should have taken place and been written over the years.. Too much is taken for granted: the metro media has made the mistake of focusing primarily on AFSPA as in Kashmir, forgetting that the act has been in place in the Northeast for over 50 years and that for most part of the decades where other parts of India had awoken “to light and freedom”, people in this region were being shaken by midnight knocks, destruction of homes, granaries and villages.. Even basic facts are not stressed—for instance, in areas of maximum unrest in Kashmir, it is not the army that’s been deployed but the state police backed by central paramilitary forces.. Indeed, our focus is limited; our viagra is the immediate, not the consequences or the sustainability of the story.. Yet, in the Northeast, the media’s fractured credibility would still be higher than the government or underground organisations.. The reason for this is simple.. Time and again, especially in Manipur and Assam, journalists have been the target of arbitrary killing and intimidation by armed non-state groups for their courage in speaking, writing and representing the truth.. As far as the state is concerned, what it seeks to hide is extensive and devious—whether it is the atrocities committed under AFSPA or other legislation.. Its credibility or otherwise is not helped, for example, when a group of reporters in Assam band together to write a stunning expose of the secret killings of relatives of ULFA members during the regime of Prafulla Mahanta.. That’s why while AFSPA must go, it represents just one challenge.. This law reflects impunity, built into the system and mindsets of those who rule, and we have been inept at covering both.. Unless we understand that, we’ll get the story wrong and keep talking about street fights when the battles are elsewhere.. It could be argued though that poor basic services and slothful, insensitive and corrupt administration have aggravated the political crisis both in the Northeast and Kashmir.. That’s why while AFSPA must go, it represents just one challenge.. Published in Outlook Mazgazine (.. http://www.. outlookindia.. com/article.. aspx?267562.. ).. Review Visit by Trustee.. The Tinsukia health team interacting with Trustee Mr Chaman Lal on board Boat Clinic SB Swaminathan at Guijan Ghat, Tinsukia.. C-NES Trustee, Chaman Lal (former Special Rapporteur at the National Human Rights Commission and former DGP, Nagaland) reviewed the functioning of the Boat Clinics in July 2010.. Lal made a similar visit in December 2009 where he visited all 10 Boat Clinics.. He met with all the district health teams.. The visit to Barpeta scheduled for 21 July was cancelled under advice of the district administration in the wake of the serious law and order situation arising from Police firing on NRC protesters.. The Trustee assessed the performance of the C-NES units on the ground and took stock of their constraints and difficulties.. He interacted at length with the boat clinic staff, local community members, district authorities and NRHM officials including Dr.. J.. Ekka, Mission Director, NRHM at Guwahati and apprised him of his assessment of the functioning of Boat Clinics.. Mr Lal stressed on the need for special attention to the quality aspect of services, ensuring cent percent coverage of Ante and Post Natal Check ups and full immunizations.. The review followed the broad objectives of the programme spelt out in the MOU signed by the C-NES with NRHM.. C-NES participation at conference on sanitation.. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit at the inaugural session of the conference.. Manik Boruah, Assistant Programme Manager, C-NES attended the national level conference on ‘Cost Effective Sustainable Sanitation” at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi in June 2010.. The conference was organized by the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Institute (WASH) in collaboration with Ministry of Rural Development, Plan India, UNICEF, Water Aid and Water for People (WEF).. Manik Boruah at the exhibition held as part of the sanitation conference.. Over  ...   Saifuddin Kitchlew Chair at JMI, also addressed the seminar held at the Mir Anis Hall JMI.. The Centre at Jamia, the first of its kind in any central University, is to be developed as Think Tank on the North-East.. The Centre draws upon the expertise that C- NES already has in the field of research, on issues of connectivity of the North-East with other regions of South East Asia, migration, demographics, women in conflict situations, participatory planning and governance.. PFI Workshop on Inter Personal Communication (IPC).. Sona Sharma, Joint Director, PFI, New Delhi speaking at the workshop.. A four day workshop (24 to 27 August 2010) on IPC was organized at Guwahati as part of the PFI project.. The five District Counsellors for the project, Priyamjyoti Phukon (Lakhimpur), Rhitiz Gogoi (Tinsukia), Ridip Bordoloi (Sonitpur), Jugananda Dutta (Dibrugarh) and Deva Kakaty (Dhemaji) of the targeted districts were present at the workshop with Chandana Borah, State Advocacy Family Planning Coordinator.. The DPOs of the respective Boat Clinic districts- Amrit Kumar Borah, (Dibrugarh), Dulu Buragohain.. (Dhemaji) Arup Saikia (Tinsukia), Tapon Borah(Lakhimpur) and Mousumi Duwarah.. (Sonitpur) also attended.. The PFI team from Delhi who facilitated the programme.. included Sona Sharma, Joint Director, Lopamudra Pal, Research Associate and Nidhi Vats, Programme Associate Sona Sharma broadly discussed Communication process and IPCC.. Mock sessions were conducted amongst the participants as part of IPCC.. Lopamudra Paul demonstrated the procedure of filling up MIS forms using sample formats.. Questionnaires were to be filled during the subsequent field visit.. On 26th August 2010, a field visit was undertaken to the Balsidhi sub centre under Chaigaon PHC.. The participants visited the community (door to door visits were made) and filled up the MIS formats.. Lopamudra Paul and Nidhi Vats analyzed the formats and gave necessary suggestions.. Participants at the mock session conducted as part of IPCC at the workshop.. Participants on the field visit to Balsidhi sub centre under Chaigaon PHC.. Awareness campaign on family planning.. Dr Warish interacting with the local community at Bootmari char.. C-NES’ family planning counsellors in the PFI-CNES project intervention districts of Assam have motivated women with regard to family planning.. In all districts, the counsellors are actively supported by the community workers and the health team.. After continuous awareness sessions undertaken by the health teams and FP counsellors , people are coming forward to adopt family planning measures.. Sonitpur district has been the only exception where traditional religious beliefs and superstitions pose as impediments.. To overcome these challenges an intensive awareness programme was organized in July 2010 in Sonitpur’s Sandhyar and Bootmari char under Dr.. Abdul Warish, senior medical officer of the Dhubri Boat Clinic.. Dr Warish had a detailed interaction with the local community and appealed to them to accept family planning for a better future, clearing much of their misconceptions.. As a result a section of people from this district have shown interest in adopting family planning.. Subsequently in August 2010, five women were sterilized.. The beneficiaries with the FP counselor, Ridip Bordoloi.. Sterilization camp.. Supported by the Nagaon District Health Society, C-NES organized a sterilization camp on August 8, 2010 at Dhing’s First Referral Unit (FRU) under the initiative of Dr.. Brajen Borah, Medical Officer of the unit.. 8 beneficiaries from Sonitpur (Durura mari and Batuli char) were brought by the Sonitpur Family Planning Counsellor, Ridip Bordoloi and Community worker, Md Yusuf for the operation.. Afsiya Begum, Anganwadi worker from Dururamari Char helped the FP Counsellor and Community worker in motivating the beneficiaries.. After conducting the mandatory pregnancy test before the operation, three of the eight women were found pregnant.. The remaining five were successfully sterilized.. Unicef team at Sapori schools.. Urmila Sarkar (in blue), Chief, Education, UNICEF India and Deepa Das (in grey), Education Officer , UNICEF, Assam office on way to the feeder school at Lowkiwali sapori in Dibrugarh district accompanied by Associate Programme M anager, C-NES Sanjay Sharma.. A UNICEF team comprising of Urmila Sarkar, Chief, Education, UNICEF India, Deepa Das, Education Officer and Memma Singha, Consultant, UNICEF, Assam office visited the Lowkiwali and Bhaisiwali sapori in Dibrugarh district.. The visit was to see the progress of the Feeder schools initiated by C-NES with UNICEF support.. The C-NES team was led by Sanjay Sharma, Associate Programme Manager and included Madhabi Lahon, Education Coordinator, Bhaskar Jyoti Bhuyan, CRS Coordinator, Jonali Pator and Jintu Baruah, Field Supervisors CRS, Santosh and Sanjay Yadav, Community Workers, and the Boat crew of Dhemaji Boat Clinic , SB Shahnaz.. A brief presentation on the Education initiative was made by Sanjay Sharma while Deepa Das highlighted the concept of Feeder school and said that this initiative has the potential to reduce the dropout rates at the primary level to a large extent especially in inaccessible areas such as the Brahmaputra river islands.. Impressed with the feeder school model, Urmila Sarkar said that it could be upscaled to newer areas having similar profiles.. At the Lowkiwali feeder school, the UNICEF team interacted with the children.. The villagers and the school Managing Committee were present.. The headmaster of Sarikholia govt.. LP (Nodal school) school, Dinanath Choubey was present at the school.. Ratul Das of Sarba Siksha Abhigyan, also present on the occasion, promised 100 school bags for the children.. The next school visited was Bhaisiwali Feeder School, founded in May 2010 at the behest of the women of the sapori.. 31 children have been enrolled in this school so far and the team interacted with the children and the villagers for about an hour.. Children attending classes at the feeder school at Lowkiwali sapori.. The team interacting with the local community at the feeder school.. Awareness on RNTCP at Dhubri.. An awareness session on Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program (RNTCP) was organized by the Dhubri health team in collaboration with District TB Office, at Aminerchar in July 2010.. The local ASHA, Anwanwadi worker, gaon panchayat member, village teacher, headman and villagers were informed in advance about the camp and they took an active part in the programme held at local L.. School.. RNTCP is the State-run Tuberculosis Control Initiative of the Government of India.. It incorporates the principles of Directly Observed Treatment- (DOTS) the global TB control strategy of the World Health Organization.. The program provides, free of cost, quality Anti-Tubercular drugs across the country through the numerous Primary Health Centres and the growing numbers of the private-sector DOTS-providers.. B.. Roy, District TB Officer along with 4 technical staff of RNTCP attended the camp as resource persons.. They spoke on RNTCP, TB and its complete cure by DOTS.. The team stressed on the need for village ASHAs and Anganwadi workers becoming DOTS provider in the char village.. More than 100 villagers attended the programme and responded positively to the camp held for over one and half hours.. Media on Boat Clinics.. The Russian TV team at Nalbari.. The Russian TV team interviewing the Medical Officer of the Nalbari Boat Clinic, Dr Ruhul Amin Haque.. “Getting access to healthcare in rural Assam is never easy, and even more difficult during the monsoon, when the Brahmaputra River covers much of the land.. But by delivering healthcare to the doorstep of the villagers, the boat clinic could mean the difference between life and death”.. Russian TV commenting on the Boat Clinics after attending a Boat Clinic conducted health camp at Nalbari in July 2010.. A similar team from Delhi Doordarshan accompanied the Nalbari Boat Clinic team to cover a health camp at Barballa IV char in the same month.. The camp was conducted in the EGS centre.. Both teams took footages of the camps including immunizations, ANCs and general check ups.. 40 years old Bhakteswar Narah, from Moinapara sapori was found severely anemic, with a hemoglobin count of mere 3.. 7% by the Tinsukia Boat Clinic team in a health camp in July, 2010.. He was given adequate doses of iron tablets and asked to report back to the team during the next camp.. Expressing his gratitude to the team he informed the team that on account of his weakness, he has not been able to work at the paddy fields for quite a while now, which he can ill afford given his poor economic condition, the case is being no different with most of his fellow villagers he added..

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  • Title: Newsletter : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Category: Newsletter.. By the Brahmaputra(Vol:10) April-June2010.. | August 1, 2010 |.. Newsletter for the period of April June 2010.. By the Brahmaputra (Vol:9) Jan-Mar 2010.. | April 1, 2010 |.. By the Brahmaputra (Vol: 8, Oct-Dec 2009).. | January 27, 2010 |.. By the Brahmaputra (Vol: 7) C-NES Newsletter.. | November 5, 2009 |.. By the Brahmaputra (Vol: 6).. | June 9, 2009 |.. Highlights of C-NES’ activities in the 2nd quarter of 2009.. By the Brahmaputra (Vol:5).. | April 21, 2009 |.. Highlights of C-NES activities in the 1st quarter of 2009.. By the Brahmaputra(Vol:4).. | January 23, 2009 |.. C-NES Newsletter (October December 2008).. By the Brahmaputra (Vol:3)..  ...   Delhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh launched Vision 2020, a compendium of various strategies, proposals and action plans for improving the condition of the NE Region and its people.. The document has integrated work done by the National [ ].. By the Brahmaputra (Vol:1) -C-NES Annual Newsletter.. | May 9, 2008 |.. April 2007 March 2008 Editorial: Opening the Innings This is the first issue of our news letter which seeks to provide communications and information about C-NES, its people, work and activities.. We hope it will inform and interest readers whom we request to look at our websitewww.. c-nes.. org, which is being revamped.. We will, naturally, [ ].. Previous Page..

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  • Title: President Kalam at the Ship of Hope Exhibit IDM 2007 : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: President Kalam at the Ship of Hope Exhibit IDM 2007.. | June 7, 2007 |.. New Delhi On 28 May 2007 the President of India H.. APJ Abdul Kalam, inaugurated the India Development Marketplace 2007 (IDM 2007) organized by the World Bank in New Delhi.. He visited a number of exhibits and spent time at the Ships of Hope in a Valley of Flood stall of the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES) which had won an award for an innovative idea and meeting rural gaps in the India Development Marketplace 2004.. C-NES had been invited by the World Bank to showcase its success at the exhibition, having shown its efficiency in Dibrugarh district, upper Assam.. A second ship, funded by a private donor, reaches the isolated villages of Dhemaji and Tinsukia districts.. The President appreciated the work and asked about the treatment and medicines given to villagers in the out reach programme.. Kalam referred to the work in his speech at the IDM 2007.. He said it was being used as a medical delivery system to an isolated region.. The Ship  ...   the Brahmaputra.. The ship is 22 meters long and 4 meters wide, has an OPD, cabins for medical staff, medicine chest, kitchen, toilets, crew quarters and a general store.. The target coverage for 2007-2008 is 25,000 in Dibrugarh district.. Financial support and partnership has come from ONGC, IOC, OIL, tea industry, the district administration and department of health services as well as UNICEF.. The World Bank India Country Director, Ms.. Isabel M.. Guerroro, also met separately with the main figures behind the 2004 winning entries, Ship of Hope and Dew Harvesting in Kutch.. She said the work of these and other winners of 2004 indicated how sustainable such ideas were and the Bank was proud to be associated with them.. Later, in her introductory remarks to the competition welcoming President Kalam, Ms.. Guerrero described the C-NES experience of one boat and several in the making, reaching hundreds of people was an inspiration.. She said that she hoped that in a few years, in similar fashion, the winners of the 2007 competition would report back on the successful things they were doing.. Please downlaod the complete speech..

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  • Title: Mumbai business to back NE opportunities : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Mumbai business to back NE opportunities.. | January 16, 2005 |.. Mumbai, January 16 Representatives of industry and business in Mumbai, the country s financial capital, encouraged by recent steps to promote investment in the North-east of India have agreed to try and boost the region?s economy of India after a two-day workshop on business opportunities in the North-east which ended here today.. In specific terms, the Indian Merchants Chamber, one of the country s oldest and most influential chambers of commerce, said it would send a high-level group to the North-east to explore specific areas of investment and also to help promote the region s unique business opportunities.. It also said that the IMC was could consider partnerships with business organizations in the North-east and also focus on public and corporate governance.. The President of the IMC, Nanik Rupani, announced on the opening day that he was prepared to take a group of senior industrialists from Mumbai to the region to take a hard look at ground realities and opportunities.. In addition, said Kiran Nanda, the chamber s financial advisor, the organization could connect raw material producers in the region, such as limestone producers and those with medicinal and aromatic plantations with manufacturers and exporters here.. Other business representatives and leaders described the presentations by political leaders, top officials, businessmen and journalists and the Governor of Assam as an eye-opener because  ...   and the opportunities to trade with Bangladesh and Myanmar: If these subsidies and opportunities are there, then it is just incredible.. I want to see this for myself.. The workshop, organized by the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research in collaboration with the IMC, drew over 100 participants who interacted with senior area representatives including Lt.. -Gen.. (Retd.. ) Ajai Singh, Governor of Assam, the economic advisor to the Assam chief minister and cabinet ministers from Assam and Tripura.. Other participants were Kamal Taori, the secretary of the North Eastern Council, the regional planning body, and Surajit Mitra, Joint Secretary in the Ministry for the Development for the North-eastern Region in New Delhi.. Those who attended included bankers, financial specialists, executives from the corporate world such as Reliance Industries and ITC, business specialists from the United States and Taiwan as well as senior editors, local traders and environmental activists.. Assam s Planning and Development Minister Hemanta Biswa Sarma was at pains to point out that insurgency was on its way out and the state government was determined to pull out all stops for investors.. Tapan Chakrabarty, Tripura?s industry and agriculture minister, spoke of his state s strengths in governance and its focus on rubber, bamboo and medicinal plant products.. Encouraged by the response, conference organizers said that more interactions between business and government are planned, to sustain the proposed initiatives..

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  • Title: Comment on Draft National Policy for Tribals : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Comment on Draft National Policy for Tribals.. | October 25, 2004 |.. A Draft National Policy for tribals is indeed overdue.. But it would be a huge mistake if the Central Government seeks to assimilate and mainstream ST communities.. This is a clear contradiction: you cannot assimilate groups (in this case a larger group is seeking to ?bring STs into the mainstream? without destroying their distinct culture.. The reason is simple: there are huge differences between tribal groups within a region as much as in different regions, not merely in their demeanour and attitudes but also in their culture, traditions and religion.. The tribes of Central and Western India are completely different from tribal communities in the North East, where there is better education and other facilities and indeed, where tribal political elites have been in power for nearly 50 years as in the case of the Khasi, Jaintia and Garo Hills, which became Meghalaya in 1972.. One could remark that the so-called primitiveness of the tribes is more in the Fifth Schedule states where education, political awareness and empowerment as well as health facilities are extremely poor and income levels at the bottom.. The mainstreaming of these groups, where their lands have been taken over by plains settlers and others, has not really helped them very much.. Indeed, it has devastated their culture, their environment and their social standing as well as economic status.. There have become politically influentially in real terms only in the past few years with the formation of states such as Chattisgarh and Jharkhand.. Others have benefited at their expense.. Thus, a national policy for tribals can make general observations for the main, which would include feel good factors such as better education, non-interference in their essential lifestyles, improved health facilities and infrastructure without rpt without destroying the ecosystems upon which they depend.. However, it should develop specific Policy framework for those of the Sixth Schedule and the Fifth Schedule.. At the moment, the Draft Policy is confusing and unclear in its basic approach for it lumps all these groups together.. As a start therefore, the National Policy must divide the tribal groups into the Fifth and Sixth Schedule communities and make specific recommendations for each group.. The work of the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution (Consultation Paper on Empowering and Strengthening of Panchayat Raj Institutions/Autonomous District Councils/Traditional tribal governing institutions in North East India) would be helpful in this exercise.. Overall, the Draft Paper should avoid nomenclature which is I cliched and which tribal groups would find offensive and which are also not politically correct.. Phrases and words such as mainstream , primitive and others of a similar lexicon should be abjured because they give the impression that government regards such groups as outside the pale of civilized society.. It raises questions about the so-called mainstream of other parts of India.. What is this mainstream ? what language does it speak, what faith does it espouse, what history does it hold, what is its politics? To regard groups as outside the mainstream is, in my view, quite incorrect.. Those who see themselves in the supposed mainstream may regard themselves as better than others: this is a wrong approach, which should be rejected forthwith.. It should be noted that many tribals are as advanced and developed as the so-called mainstream ; they find such definitions offensive as also descriptions of them as PTG (Primitive Tribal Groups this is how others see them and not as they see themselves).. One is not aware where the phrase Nehruvian Panscheel evolved from.. (page one of Draft) The two forewords by Pandit Nehru to Verrier Elwin s book, A Philosophy for NEFA (Directorate of Research, Government of Areunachal Pradesh) of 1957 ammd 1958 clarify that he believed in five fundamental principles.. Points two and three are quite specific while the others are not: 2.. tribals rights in land and forests should be respected (Fifth and Sixth Schedule) and 3.. In Nehru s words not of the Draft Policy) We should try to train and build up a team of their own people to do the work of administration and development.. Some technical personnel from outside, will, no doubt, be needed, especially in the beginn ing.. SPAN style= mso-spacerun: yes > But we should avoid introducing too many outsiders into tribal territory.. ? The fact is that in most of the North-eastern states such as Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh where tribals are a majority, it is the tribal officers and specialists who are running the administration.. The number of ?outsiders? is a bare handful.. Specific comments:.. Formal Education:.. The data relating to formal education is not correct as far as the North East  ...   Draft Policy talks about when it becomes ?absolutely necessary? ? ?in the larger interest? ? this is too sweeping a statement.. Who decides what is in the ?larger interest? : a few politicians and bureaucrats.. This must be specified without any obfuscation and must involve the people who are directly affected so that they have a say in their own future, instead of letting their lives be controlled by others who have little stake in how they live or indeed where they live.. How are the displaced to be provided ?a better standard of living? (para four).. This should be clarified.. Forest Villages:.. The proposal to convert forest villages into revenue villages appears well-iontentioned but likely to lead to more problems.. These are the issues, which should be discussed with local leaders and representatives of affected communities.. At no point during this section of the Draft Policy, does the policy say anything about improving forest cover, improving forest-based ecosystems etc.. The emphasis is on building roads (which is a clear sign for felling and official nexus with contractors) and legitimizing the illegal.. What should be developed is a compromise, which takes care of local concerns and also the regeneration of forests, not their destruction.. Also it is unclear what is meant by ?integrated area development programs should be taken up in and around forest areas?.. New settlers have encroached heavily into a National Park such as Kaziranga and the Nambhor Reserve Forest in Assam, destroying habitat for wildlife and the natural balance.. Why is the Draft Policy silent on these issues? It must make clear that such violations will not be tolerated and that government will back resourceful officers who fight such depredations.. Shifting Cultivation:.. Again a broad brush sweep paints all tribals at the same level of development and agricultural production.. There may be some groups, which are not committed to the land, but as the paper itself says ? most tribals only have land as their only possession and despite the complex pattern of land tenure, this is what they see, naturally, as their birthright.. So, if there is anything to be done, it is along the lines of modified land tenure acts which will allow investment and a return on the lands for the owners as well as moving farmers to settled agriculture.. Much research has already been conducted in this field.. Land Alienation:.. Anti-alienation laws already exist and must be tightened to plug loopholes, which allow non-tribals to hold lands as non-owing ?sleeping partners?.. But lands belonging to non-tribals, which is hereditary, must also be protected.. You cannot have laws, which favour groups, which are already a majority (tribals in Meghalaya and Mizoram for example) to the detriment on non-tribals, who also have been there for decades.. All land records and holdings must be computerized and be accessible through the Internet to the public.. The Freedom of Information Act guarantees this and is a basic right of every citizen.. The traditional systems of governance such as the dorbars, Dolois, Nokmas in Meghalaya and village gaoburas in Arunachal and Nagaland apart from similar systems among the Nagas (different tribes have different systems) and other groups should become the third tier of governance in tribal areas.. Women and non-tribals should also be accommodated, the latter where their populations are substantial.. This is applicable here and in this section under the heading Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Areas.. Intellectual Property Rights:.. The Draft appears unaware of the ongoing work of the Law Research Institute under the auspices of the Guwahati High Court, Guwahati, which is working on codification of tribal laws.. ALL REFERENCES TO PRIMITIVE TRIBAL GROUPS SHOULD BE DELETED AND BANNED.. Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Areas:.. A fourth point should be added: Traditional forms of democratic governance among the tribes, especially after involving women and ensuring representation to other ethnic groups, should be involved and strengthened as the third-tier of governance.. (see recommendations of NCRWC, Consultation Paper on the North East).. Administration of the Policy should clearly say that recognized and respected non-government groups should also be involved in policy formulation and review of implementation of the objectives.. Participatory Approach:.. Last paragraph must be changed to involve recognized NGOs and VAs in all aspects of policy formulation, prioritization of strategies, fixing of goals and monitoring/review mechanisms across state and sectors to ensure transparency and proper implantation of policies and projects.. The segment on Assimilation to be dropped and replaced with a more visionary approach, deleting such offensive language as ?primitive traits? and including wording that speaks of the need to preserve and protect forest habitat and ecosystems on which many of their traditions are rooted.. Indeed, the ?primitive traits? may be more visible in the so-called ?mainstream.. ?..

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  • Title: Riverlinking: Demand for government-public dialogue : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Riverlinking: Demand for government-public dialogue.. | November 30, 2003 |.. Guwahati, November 30: The Union Government s proposal to link the rivers of India needs to be connected with livelihood generation and greater dialogue with stakeholders as well as deeper research cutting across sectors such as environment, social and economic conditions, participants at a seminar on the issue said today.. They cautioned against large scale interventions in the river, without adequate comprehension of either long-term effects or peoples will in a discussion organized by the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research which is working in the area of river livelihoods in Assam.. The Brahmaputra is an international waterway and the proposed water diversion has been resisted by water-dependent Bangladesh, into which the river flows.. It also traverses Tibet in China before entering Arunachal Pradesh.. Despite differences in perception, the participants at the day-long discussion, Livelihoods and Linking, agreed that a major project like river linking demanded extremely detailed studies developed across multi-disciplines to seek environmental impacts of artificial change and on communities across the Brahmaputra Valley and its tributaries.. Our understanding of the river is limited, said one speaker, cautioning against any large-scale physical intervention without taking  ...   that only surplus water was to be diverted, Prof JN Sarma of Dibrugarh University questioned the definition of the term.. Is there a genuine surplus? he asked, pointing out that the water needed for navigation was different to that needed for sustainable fishing.. Dr Chandan Mahanta, from the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, explained the need to understand the complex environmental chemistry of the Brahmaputra and spoke of growing concern about the increased deposits in heavy metals in the river sediment downstream of Guwahati.. The natural dynamism of the river, its enormous potential as a provider of livelihoods and jobs, the richness and diversity of its wetlands were defined as natural advantages which should be protected.. Speakers agreed that the pros and cons of the project needed to be debated fully, including the potential of reducing flood havoc and enabling the North East to break out of its landlocked position through a network of canals between Upper Assam and North Bengal.. The participants included Dr Jayanta Madhab, economic advisor to the Chief Minister, Assam, NN Goswami, former Commissioner, Water Resources, Assam, representatives of the Brahmaputra Board, residents of North Guwahati, bankers, representatives of industry, teachers and lectures, media and researchers..

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  • Title: Too many pieces to this puzzle : Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES)
    Descriptive info: Too many pieces to this puzzle.. | September 2, 2013 |.. The Congress’s tactical errors on the Telangana announcement and an ill-prepared State government have allowed full play to the multitude of separatist movements in Assam.. The Congress Working Committee’s decision to create Telangana has set off seismic activity on the political front, not least in Andhra Pradesh — tremors which are rocking many parts of the country.. These are generating new fissures, opening old debates and scouring unhealed wounds.. Battlefronts are being created along ethnic, regional and linguistic lines and the amalgam of old and renewed demands appears almost unsolvable, especially in the north-eastern States, already fragmented, ethnically complex and driven by deep discord among groups and mistrust of Delhi.. In restive Assam, especially, the Telangana factor and two other reasons have sharpened divisions and deepened mistrust.. One was the Centre’s refusal to include six ethnic groups on the Scheduled Tribes list, saying the groups did not meet requirements of the ST criteria.. The other is that for several months now, there has been a major tussle between Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who won a third term to office last year, and his one-time close aide, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.. Senior officials say that despite the Congress’s large mandate, the administration’s response to politically sensitive issues is slow.. Dissidents have been camping in New Delhi and have met with the party’s central leadership seeking a change; this has not helped governance at a time of political stress.. Complex groupings.. The groups seeking ST status reacted swiftly to the Centre’s rejection by calling bandhs and protests, accusing both the State and Central governments of bad faith and warning of major agitations.. A quick look at the alienated groups shows the difficulty in moving forward with any quick fixes or even a well-meaning middle-path approach in a State with a demography as complex as Assam and a region as diverse as the North-East.. In this case, those wanting to join the ST list include the Tai-Ahoms, a group that ruled Assam for six centuries before the advent of the British (Mr.. Gogoi and several prominent Assamese are Ahoms); the Morans;  ...   social backwardness and poverty.. Post-Telangana announcement, most movements seeking separate States in Assam were quick off the mark with bandhs, crippling normal life in most districts.. However, the powerful All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) has sought to reduce public hardship by resorting to hunger strikes.. But are such campaigns sustainable?.. Non-inclusive process.. While announcing the decision to break up Andhra Pradesh, the Congress made three fundamental errors: first, it did not consult or even informally warn others — even those with whom they were in discussions — in places like the North-East that this was coming; it could have tactfully promised to hold discussions with them in the future, which could have reduced the sting of the announcement.. Second, New Delhi, as is wont, kept the State governments completely out of the loop, catching them flat-footed and vulnerable to attack.. Third, it appears that no thought has been given to possible constitutional changes that would deal with issues facing the North-East and other parts of the country.. An over-reliance on Article 3 of the Constitution which enables the Centre to dismember or create States is not good.. While the Centre has gained a breather by calling the protesting groups to Delhi for discussions in September, this will not be enough.. Adopting the usual tactics of negotiated delay will not work.. Certainly talk to individual groups but separately call for brainstorming among the region’s top thinkers, scholars, researchers, writers, independent field organisations and creative minds.. Perhaps through such a process, which must be truly representative, something truly sustainable, long-term and acceptable to all sides will emerge.. Could it be a new mini-Constitution within the Constitution?.. The issues are far deeper than the Centre can handle on its own: it needs to put its cards on the table, while recognising the failure of consent manufactured by shotgun marriages and short-term agreements.. Such ‘consent’ can never go far enough and will always alienate those shut out of the process.. (The writer is director of the Centre for North East Studies at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, and founder of the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES) in the North-East.. )..

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