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  National Consultation on Right of Children to Safe and Quality Education

National Consultation on Right of Children to Safe and Quality Education

  State level media workshop by Odisha Election Watch and ADR

State level media workshop  by Odisha Election Watch and ADR 

  State level media workshop by Odisha Election Watch and ADR

State level media workshop  by Odisha Election Watch and ADR 

  Efforts OF “ALIBHA “ Federation of women panchayat functionaries for a violence free & Women friendl

Bhubaneswar, 21/9/2018 ( Odisha Samachar )- : ALIBHA   Federation formed by women panchayat functionaries of Balianta & Bolagarh Block interacted with Media at Bhubaneswar . This workshop was organised by People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC)in collaboration with  The Hunger Project .The participants of this workshop were from the Women representatives of Balianta and Bolgarh Block of Khordha District , print and electronic media houses .The meeting was presided   by Ms Anuradha  Mohanty ,Executive Director, PECUC She gave emphasis on participation of women in the governance process  is need of the hour. Also She informed that PECUC is working with Elected women panchayat functionaries of 23 Panchayat and 223 women representatives of Balianta and Bologarh. She also informed that various trainings provided to the EWRs on finance management of Panchayat, Leadership building ,federation building  and Government schemes &programmes etc. to build their capacity & leadership. She informed that EWRs have solved 11 cases of violence against women, stopped 5 child marriage cases, linked people with various schemes of Govt & also have planted more than 1000 trees in their area.  Mrs. Rashmita Patra, President of AlIbha EWR federation of Blianta Block and Sarapanch of Benupur,  said she is continuously trying to make her panchayat alcohol free & violence free . Ms Babita Sahoo, Alibha-EWR federation  President & Sarapanch ,Bolgarh, discussed about the work of Alibha federation in stopping violence against women and also child marriage. . Dr  Meenakshi Panda, Director ,PECUC shared her thoughts & said that there is need of a supportive environment  & encouragement to women Panchayat functionaries so that they can also perform.

 The women representative also shared their success stories in the Workshop. The Naib Sarpanch Satyabhamapur ,MS sabitri sahu  shared that she could solved a domestic  violence case, Laxmipriya Sahoo  ward member of Bhainchua stopped a child marriage case , Bijayani Patra Ward member of Balianta solved a problem in her school as well as constructed a tube well in her area, Ward member of Puran Panchayat Swapna Bhoi send all the children of her ward to school and she also provided support to a poor cancer patient. The ward member of Puran panchayat , Shantilata Pradhan provided help and support to a Person with Disabilities (PWD). The ward member of Bhingarpur Gitanjali Das cited the problem of a poor people in getting Government sanctioned house. The ward member of Bolgarh Anjana Swain, who won in the unreserved seat told about the problem of people who are not included in any scheme of Government and she is trying hard to link them to get benefit. The Ward Member Puspalata Paikray  discussed about the solving of drinking water problem in her area. There are lots of success stories  &  challenges like this they shared . Media people also asked various queries and questions which was answered by the women panchayat functionaries. Mr Jyoti  Shankar  Mohanty, Programme Manger ,PECUC  Ms. Upama Mohanty and Bamadeva Jena  of PECUC  facilitated the workshop.`

  WOMEN PANCHAYAT FUNCTIONARIES INTERACT WITH MEDIA IN ODISHA CAPITAL
Bhubaneswar (21/9/2018): Alibha Federation formed by women panchayat functionaries of Balianta & Bolagarh Block interacted with media here on Friday.
This media interface workshop was organised by People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC) in collaboration with The Hunger Project. The participants of this workshop were from the women representatives of Balianta and Bolgarh blocks of Khordha district, print and electronic media houses.
Presiding the meeting, executive director, PECUC Anuradha Mohanty emphasised that participation of women in the governance process is need of the hour.
Mohanty informed that PECUC is working with elected women panchayat functionaries of 23 panchayats and 223 women representatives of Balianta and Bolagarh.
She said that various trainings are being imparted to the EWRs on finance management of panchayat, leadership building, federation building and government schemes and other programmes to build their capacity and leadership quality.
She further highlighted that EWRs have solved 11 cases of violence against women, stopped 5 child marriage cases, linked people with various schemes of government and planted more than 1000 trees in their area.
President of Alibha EWR Federation of Balianta block Rashmita Patra and sarpanch of Benupur Rashmita Patra said she is continuously trying to make her panchayat alcohol free & violence free.
Alibha-EWR Federation president and sarpanch of Bolgarh Babita Sahoo discussed about the work of Alibha Federation in stopping violence against women and also child marriage.
Director, PECUC Dr Meenakshi Panda shared her thoughts and said that there is need of a supportive environment and encouragement to women panchayat functionaries so that they can also perform. The women representative also shared their success stories and challenges of their localities. Naib sarpanch of Satyabhamapur Sabitri Sahu shared that she could solve a domestic violence case.
Similarly, ward member of Bhainchua Laxmipriya Sahoo has stopped a child marriage case, while ward member of Balianta Bijayani Patra solved a problem in her school and constructed a tube well in her area, Besides, ward member of Puran panchayat Swapna Bhoi stated that she has successfully sent all the children of her ward to school and provided support to a poor cancer patient.
Ward member of Puran panchayat Shantilata Pradhan provided help and support to a person with disability and ward member of Bhingarpur Gitanjali Das cited the problem of a poor people in getting government sanctioned house.
Apart from them, ward member of Bolgarh Anjana Swain, who won in the unreserved seat told about the problem of people who are not included in any scheme of government and said that she is striving hard to link them to get benefit.
Ward member Puspalata Paikray discussed about the solving of drinking water problem in her area.
Media persons also asked various queries and questions which was answered by the women panchayat functionaries.
Programme manager, PECUC Jyoti Shankar Mohanty, Upama Mohanty and Bamadeva Jena of PECUC facilitated the workshop.` .
  ହିଂସା ଓ ନିଶାମୁକ୍ତ ପଞ୍ଚାୟତ

ହିଂସା ଓ ନିଶାମୁକ୍ତ ପଞ୍ଚାୟତ ଗଠନ ଲାଗି ମହିଳା ଲୋକ ପ୍ରତିନିଧିମାନଙ୍କୁ ନେଇ ଗଠିତ ମହାସଂଘ ଅଲିଭା ଫେଡେରେସନ ତାହାର ଉଦ୍ୟମ ଜାରି ରଖିଛି । ଆଗାମୀ ଦିନରେ ଅଧିକରୁ ଅଧିକ ମହିଳା ଲୋକ ପ୍ରତିନିଧିଙ୍କୁ ଏଥିରେ ସାମିଲ କରାଯିବ ବୋଲି ଆଜି ଏଠାରେ ମହିଳା ଲୋକପ୍ରତିନିଧି ଓ ଗଣମାଧ୍ୟମକୁ ନେଇ ଆୟୋଜିତ କର୍ମଶାଳାରେ କୁହାଯାଇଛି ।

ସ୍ୱେଚ୍ଛାସେବୀ ସଂଗଠନ ପିପୁଲ୍‍ସ କଲଚରାଲ ସେଣ୍ଟର (ପିକକ୍‍) ଓ ଦି ହଙ୍ଗର ପ୍ରୋଜେକ୍ଟର ମିଳିତ ସହାୟତାରେ ଆୟୋଜିତ ଏହି କର୍ମଶାଳାରେ ବାଲିଅନ୍ତା ଓ ବୋଲଗଡ ବ୍ଲକର ମହିଳା ଲୋକପ୍ରତିନିଧିମାନେ ଯୋଗ ଦେଇଥିଲେ । ବାଲିଅନ୍ତା ବ୍ଲକ ଅଲିଭା ଫେଡେରେସନର ସଭାପତି ତଥା ବେଣୁପୁର ସରପଞ୍ଚ ରଶ୍ମିତା ପାତ୍ର, ବୋଲଗଡ ଅଲିଭା ସଭାପତି ତଥା ବୋଲଗଡ ସରପଞ୍ଚ ବବିତା ସାହୁ, ପିକକ୍‍ର କାର୍ଯ୍ୟନିର୍ବାହୀ ନିର୍ଦ୍ଦେଶିକା ଅନୁରାଧା ମହାନ୍ତି ଓ ପିକ୍‍କର ମିନାକ୍ଷୀ ପଣ୍ଡା ପ୍ରମୁଖ ଉପସ୍ଥିତ ଥିଲେ ।

ଉପସ୍ଥିତ ମହିଳା ଲୋକପ୍ରତିନିଧିମାନଙ୍କୁ ଉଦ୍‍ବୋଧନ ଦେଇ ଶ୍ରୀମତୀ ମହାନ୍ତି ଶାସନ ବ୍ୟବସ୍ଥାରେ ମହିଳା ପ୍ରତିନିଧିମାନେ ନିଜ ସାମିଲ ହେବାକୁ ଆହ୍ୱାନ ଦେଇଥିଲେ । ସେ କହିଥିଲେ ଯେ ବାଲିଅନ୍ତା ଓ ବୋଲଗଡର ୨୩ଟି ପଞ୍ଚାୟତର ୨୨୩ ଜଣ ମହିଳା ଲୋକପ୍ରତିନିଧି ଏହି ଅଭିଯାନରେ ସାମିଲ ଅଛନ୍ତି ।

ମହିଳା ଲୋକ ପ୍ରତିନିଧିମାନେ କିଭଳି ସରକାରୀ କାର୍ଯ୍ୟବ୍ୟବସ୍ଥା ବିଶେଷକରି ପଞ୍ଚାୟତର ଅର୍ଥ ପରିଚାଳନା ସଂକ୍ରାନ୍ତରେ ଭଲଭାବେ ବୁଝି ଉନ୍ନୟନ କାର୍ଯ୍ୟକୁ ଆଗକୁ ନେବେ ସେ ସଂକ୍ରାନ୍ତରେ ସେମାନଙ୍କୁ ତାଲିମ ପ୍ରଦାନ କରାଯାଉଛି ।

କର୍ମଶାଳାରେ ଉପସ୍ଥିତି ମହିଳା ପ୍ରତିନିଧିମାନେ ସେମାନଙ୍କର ସଫଳତାର ଅଭିଜ୍ଞତା ବର୍ଣ୍ଣନା କରିଥିଲେ । ବେଣୁପୁର ସରପଞ୍ଚ ଶ୍ରୀମତୀ ପାତ୍ର ନିଜ ଅଞ୍ଚଳକୁ ନିଶାମୁକ୍ତ କରିଥିବାବେଲେ ଏଥିପାଇଁ ପିକକ୍‍ ସେମାନଙ୍କୁ ସାହସ ଯୋଗାଉଥିବା କହିଥିଲେ ।

ବୋଲଗଡ ସରପଞ୍ଚ ବବିତା ସାହୁ ନାରୀ ନିର୍ଯ୍ୟାତା ଓ ବାଲ୍ୟ ବିବାହ ରୋକିବା କ୍ଷେତ୍ରରେ ଅଲିଭା ଫାଉଣ୍ଡେସନର କାର୍ଯ୍ୟ ସଂକ୍ରାନ୍ତରେ ଉଲ୍ଲେଖ କରିଥିଲେ । ସତ୍ୟଭାମାପୁରର ନାଏବ ସରପଞ୍ଚ ସାବିତ୍ରୀ ସାହୁ ନିଜସ୍ୱ ଉଦ୍ୟମରେ ଘରୋଇ ହିଂସାର ସମାଧାନ, ଭଇଁଚୁଆ ପଞ୍ଚାୟତର ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ଲକ୍ଷ୍ମୀପ୍ରିୟା ସାହୁ ବାଲ୍ୟବିବାହ ରୋକିବା, ବାଲିଅନ୍ତାର ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ବିଜୟିନୀ ପାତ୍ର ବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟରେ ଥିବା ଅସୁବିଧାକୁ ଦୂର କରିବା ସହିତ ଘରୋଇ ହିଂସା ରୋକିବା ଓ ଆବଶ୍ୟକ ସ୍ଥାନରେ ନଳକୂପ ଖନନ କରିଥିବା କହିଥିଲେ ।

ପୂରଣ ପଞ୍ଚାୟତର ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ସ୍ୱପ୍ନା ଭୋଇ ନିଜ ଅଞ୍ଚଳର ସମସ୍ତ ପିଲାଙ୍କୁ ବିଦ୍ୟାଳୟକୁ ପଠାଇବା ସହିତ ଜଣେ ଦୁଃସ୍ଥ କର୍କଟରୋଗୀଙ୍କୁ ସହାୟତା କରିଥିବା ଦର୍ଶାଇଥିଲେ । ସେହି ପଞ୍ଚାୟତର ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ଶାନ୍ତିଲତା ପ୍ରଧାନ ଭିନ୍ନକ୍ଷମଙ୍କୁ ସରକାରୀ ସହାୟତା କରିଥିବାବେଳେ ଭିଙ୍ଗାରପୁରର ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ଗୀତାଞ୍ଜଳୀ ଦାସ ଜଣେ ଗରିବ ଲୋକଙ୍କୁ ସରକାରୀ ଘର ପାଇବାରେ ଉପୁଜିଥିବା ପ୍ରତିବନ୍ଧକ ଦର୍ଶାଇଥିଲେ ।

ପୁରୁଷଙ୍କ ପ୍ରତିଦ୍ୱନ୍ଦୀଙ୍କ ସହିତ ଲଢି ବିଜୟୀ ହୋଇଥିବା ବୋଲଗଡ ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ଅଞ୍ଜନା ସ୍ୱାଇଁ ଯୋଜନାରୁ ବାଦ୍‍ ପଡିଥିବା ହିତାଧିକାରୀଙ୍କୁ ଭତ୍ତା ପ୍ରଦାନ କରିଥିବା କହିଥିଲେ । ୱାର୍ଡମେମ୍ବର ପୁଷ୍ପଲତା ପାଇକରାୟ ନିଜ ଅଞ୍ଚଳରେ ଜଳ ସମସ୍ୟାର ସମାଧାନ କଥା କହିଥିଲେ ।  

  19 girls receive education materials under Masoom programme

19 girls receive education materials under Masoom programme

 

Bhubaneswar, 13/9/2018 ( Odisha Samachar / Abhishek Mohanty )- : As many as 19 girls received education materials under Masoom, a Support a child programme initiated by PECUC in collaboration with Rotary Club of Heritage, Bhubaneswar.

 

The distribution event was held at Government Girls’ High School, Unit-6 here on Wednesday.

 

Headmistress of the school Nirupa Behera, executive director of PECUC Anuradha Mohanty, Rtn B. B. Samant, Rtn Dibya Ranjan Dash, Rtn P Srinibas, Rtn B K Sahoo graced the programme and encouraged children.

 

All the guests advised the children to focus on their dream and also for planting trees for environmental protection.

 

The programme ended with vote of thanks by Panu Behera from PECUC.

  District Level workshop on Violence Against women

District Level workshop on Violence Against women

One-third of women in the world are victims of violence. In India, a woman is raped in every 14 minutes, sexually abused in every 7 minutes & in every 4 minutes we witness violence against a woman. About 42% of women in the state of Odisha face physical or sexual violence. Even in this modern day and age, violence against women is still on the rise. They are not only being raped but kidnapped, sexually abused and also through domestic violence and dowry killings. The 16 Days Activism is an International Campaign that started in 1991. Since then, over 5,179 groups in 187 countries have taken part in this campaign. This Campaign provides each and every one of us with the opportunity to break the silence around violence against women. People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC) a leading organization in the state collaboration with The Hunger Project    organized this “16 days of Activism” from 3rd December to 9th December 2017 on Violence against Women. This weeklong event launched a mobile van campaign at Balianta and Bolagarh Block of Khordha district to aware the people on the issues of VAW and more specifically domestic violence.

 

A District level workshop on  Violence against Women was organized by PECUC in collaboration with The Hunger Project on 9th Dec. Prof. Adaramani Boral, Chairperson, PECUC chaired the meeting and Mr. Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Secretary PECUC   said,”PECUC is taking initiative at different levels to address the issues to protect women from violence and abuses”.Esteemed Guest, Mr. Manas Ranjan Samal, Sub-Collerctor, Bhubaneswar  addressed the gathering that the domestic violence issues can be solved by creating awareness among all sections of people. Mr. Ashok Dash (Spl Secretary, State Election Commission), Member Women Commission Ms. Snehanjali Mohanty, Mrs. Rasmiprava Mishra (DV Protection officer) Khordha Dist, addressed the gathering and appreciated the campaign for raising awareness among people regarding how to get information and access the services to end violence against women. Also they spoke on DV act and role of Women Commission & Protection Officer. Mrs. Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director gave welcome address and shared the objective of the workshop and weeklong campaign.

 

In this campaign more than 100 women PRI’s, SHG leaders participated and shared views on  panchayat should be given adequate power for giving marriage certificate, birth certificate  etc; formation of  Sexual Harassment committee at panchayat level; single/divorced women, unmarried girls/ widow’s life should be protected; every panchayat should have separate toilets for women; two-child norm at Panchayati Raj system should be completely banned. Mrs. Ratna Dash,traesurer PECUC gave vote of thanks and the programme was facilitated by PECUC team Member  Mr. Jyoti Sankar Mohanty, Pulak Mishra, Upama Mohanty, Bamadeva Jena and Chinmayee Pattanayak.

  World day for prevention of child abuse Observed Walk against Child Labour in Bhubaneswar City

19th November is being observed as the   “World day for prevention of child abuse” all over the world.  Theme for this year:- “ Prevention of Violence against Children and Youth”.

Child abuse is a major cause of concern , which creates barrier for free growth of children. Adding to different form of exploitation, exclusion issues have played major role in damaging the child hood of millions of children.  Violence against children takes many forms i.e Child labour, child trafficking, Corporal punishment, sale of children, sexual abuse, child prostitution, neglect, child sex tourism, malnutrition,  bullying, child pornography, harmful traditional practices, abduction, early and forced marriage   etc.

Atleast 3 of every 4 of the world’s children have experienced violence .Child labour is one of the worst forms of violence against children. The ILO’s Statistical Information and Monitoring Program on Child Labor recently estimated that 211 million children, or 18 % of children aged 5-14, are economically active worldwide. 60% of these working children live in Asia, and 23% live in sub-Saharan Africa. Most economically active children are employed in agriculture.

Child labor not only negatively affects a child’s health, but it also negatively impacts his/her ability to receive schooling and perform academically. When children are forced by their families to work, they no longer have the time to attend school. Though there are a significant number of children who go to school and work, the work may negatively impact their studies, told by many eminent dignitaries while addressing a programme held here today to mark the occasion.

 To mark the occasion   a “ Walk against child labour” , Fro Ram Mandir to Lower PMG and  Signature campaign and Human chain at Master Canteen Square  were  organized by People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC) a leading child right organization in collaboration with   the Labour Directorate, Govt. Of Odisha.   Inaugurating the walk and signature campaign Mr. Susanta Singh ,Minister of State ,Labour and Employees, State Insurance said that Child labour is the worst form of violence on children . We all need to work together to eradicate child labour and mainstream them through education .The Govt of Odisha is taking up various steps for development of children .However we all need to work together .Massive awareness required to eliminate child labour he emphasized. Mr. Ananata Narayan  Jena , Mayor , Bhubaneswar Muncipal Corporation   and Sj. Ashwini Das, Former Labour Commissioner  emphasized on coordination and Convergence between different departments and key stake holders,.

 While speaking on the occasion Eminent Journalist Mr. Pradosh Pattnaik , Ms, Sulata Deo , Former  Chairperson Social welfare Board , Film Producer and Director , Santosh Panda, Mr. Debasis Sit , Corporator , Mr. Ranjan Kumar Mohanty Secretary , PECUC , Mrs. Anuradha Mohanty , Executive Director  , PECUC stressed that  it is our responsibility to aware people about not to engage children as child labour which destroy their childhood . It is the responsibility of the elders to give them safe child hood. Mr. B.B . Acharya from State Labour Institute  gave vote of thanks., A large number of youth from NSS, Utkal University , Ekamra college  , NIIS College  , BJB college and  member of women groups and youth volunteers participated in the programme.

Ms. Jyotirmayee Mohapatra and Mr. Jyotisankar Mohanty, Mr. Pulak Mishra  facilitated the programme.

This year the 19th November is connected with the SDG target 16.2 (End abuse, Exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of Children) and also with the Universal Children’s day on 20th November to speed up local, National and international event for better prevention and protection measures and elimination of violence and abuse against Children and Youth around the world by 2030.

  PECUC’s weeklong 28th Sisu Mela Inaugurated, Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: Children must dream to become great man during early stage of their lives and to fulfil the dream they should devote their effort in this direction. All parents, guardians and teachers should come forward to encourage their children in achieving their goal, told by eminent dignitaries while addressing to the Inaugural Ceremony of 28th year Sisu Mela (Children festival week) of People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC) , a leading socio-cultural organization at Bhubaneswar begun at Ekarma Hat , Bhubaneswar. On Tuesday evening, while inaugurating the weeklong festival of PECUC they encouraged the children and emphasized that children must see the dream and accordingly they should engage themselves to achieve those. They said dedication, hard work and positive attitude are the key points behind all success and to be a responsible citizen all children should follow these principles. Addressing the children festival Dr. Debasis Panigrahi ,IPS, Director Vigilance told that parents have the responsibility to give life skill education to the children so that they fight against any odd towards success. Safe and happy childhood leads to good personality and boosting the inner quality of the children in future emphasized by Sj. Soumya Ranjan Pattnaik , Editor, Sambad & Mr. Pattnaik also point out to ensure safe child and happy childhoods for all children is the primary responsibility of parents and Govt . Sj Nirmal Chandra Mishra , Collector, Khordha emphasized that children must respect their parents as well as their birthplace & mother tongue. SJ Sachin Ramchandra Yadav ,IAS, Labour Commissioner said that it is the responsibility of all the elders to ensure smiling on the face of all children. Sj. Pradosh Pattnaik, President, PECUC sisu mela committee presided the inaugural function.Amongst others Mr. Sahadev Sahu , Former Chief Secretary Govt Of Odisha , Mrs. Kasturi Mohapatra (Chairperson of Odisha State Commission for protection of child Rights, Mr. Laxmi Narayan Nanda ,Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF ,Mrs. Ruby Rout , Country Director, Adoptions Centrum, Mrs Adaramani Boral, Chairman, PECUC , Mr. Ranjan Kumar Mohanty , Secretary ,PECUC , Ms. Nikita Mishra and Ms. Akankshya Kabi goodwill ambassador for promotion of child rights , Cine artist Mr. Aryan Dash Kumar , Actress Bhumika Das , Labanya Das discussed different aspects. Mr. Ranjan Kumar Mohanty , Secretary ,PECUC gave a brief introduction to the weeklong festival. Smt.Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director, PECUC extended vote of thanks followed by cultural program by children of culture department , Govt of Odisha under the direction Snehaprava Samantray , Chorus Unit -6 Govt girl’s high school , Sunrise public school , Royal Public school , Vicky dance group , Sarala Dance academy , Nrutya Upasanapitha and orchestra under the direction of Bhramarabara Dalei. The program was conducted by Ratna Dash , Jyotirmayee Mohapatra , Jyotisankar Mohanty , Srinibash Ghatuary, Ganeswar Singh , Monika Das of PECUC .
The festival will continue until 20 th Nov.

  Seminar on Preservation of Environment at Keonjhar

Urgent action is needed to tackle the Environmental   related issues and for preservation of Environment.  We need to intensify and accelerate action to  save energy, save water, Save our mother earth and preserve Environment.  And we need to do it by  our self as well as  together. These were viewed by eminent dignitaries in a two days Seminar  on “Environmental Preservation” organized by People’s Cultural Center(PECUC)  ,a leading civil society  organization of Odisha in association with Vishwa Yuvak Kendra, New Delhi  at Extension Training Centre ,Keonjhar .

            Purnachandra Mishra , Sub collector Keonjhar  inaugurated the seminar. Inagurating the seminar the sub collector said that “at the time when global warming is an important issue in the world organising such types of seminar really appreciable. It will help to preserve the valuable forest and environment to get relief from global warming issue.

            Dr. Banabihari Mishra, expert member district level environment impact appraisal committee narrated detail about the causes and remedies of global warming issue that grip whole world now days. He also appeal the youths to come forward to fight back the situation with adopting small small practices in their house and society and to aware the remedies among others in their house and society.

Er Ripu Kumar Sahu, environment engineer,State Polution control board ,Keonjhar narrated all about the causes of environment degradation and its remedies, He also narrated the different government policies and laws implemented to protect the environment.

Giving opening remarks on the the second day Mr. Nrusingha charan Swain,Project Director,DRDA,that we need to effectively manage our natural resources in a sustainable maner ,other wise it will be create disastrous situation in future even if it will be difficult to take breath.  Mr. Ranjan Kumar Mohanty Secretary chaired the session. Rajeev Nirmal, program officer of Viswa Yubak Kendra gave introductory remarks. Amongst others Prof Balaram panigrahi, HOD,Soil and conservation engineering department,OUAT, Dr Umashankar Nayak, senior scientist, Regional research training and transfer system,bhadrak, Dr sanjaya kumar mohanty, senior scientist, KVK,Balasore, DR Gayadhara Shial, forestry expert, KVK, Social activists, Academicians, CSO functionaries , Representatives of NSS of different colleges and ECO SAVERS youth network spoke on the occasion. Jyotirmayee Mohapatra, Program Manager, PECUC gave vote of thanks in the meeting.

  Child marriage rampant in high women literacy dists'

A three day long convention to end violence against children organised by Odisha Alliance for child rights and National Action and coordination group in association with the Odisha State Commission for Protection of child rights 

  Odisha: Three days long Convention on Ending Violence against Children concluded,

Bhubaneswar: The three day long convention on Ending Violence against children at Bhubaneswar organised by Odisha
Alliance for Child Rights and National Action and Coordination Group to end violence against children in partnership with
Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights , came to an end with children and adults sharing their
observations , hopes , aspiration and concerns before a larger media .
Over the last three days children and adults had worked closely on issues that affect children the most like , child protection ,
child marriage , Child trafficking , child labour , migration, children children safety in educational institution .They also
discussed on the safety and security of children in disaster situation .
Children by their natural physiological and social position are high on the vulnerability factor.Even during regular times their
dependency on others and the instinct to be influenced by others heightens this vulnerability , children observed in their
consultation . This confirms the fact that the vulnerability of children is much higher in a disaster situation, be it natural or
man made .
While discussing on the issue of child marriage in the state which was affecting lives of children at large , it was learned that
the matter of child marriage in Odisha was least discussed .Many communities practice child marriage soon after the girl
child attains puberty .Further it has been a higher concern in district with high women illiteracy .
As a result of consultation both adults and children came up with their well documented recommendations which were
shared before the invited guests . Children , in their recommendations had pointed out the challenges of reaching of the
benefits of government schemes to the grassroots in addition to the lack of accessibility to children even when they reach
the point of implementation .They had observed that there was a need by the system to see that the provisions were
reaching the children . Promotion of 1098 , the phone number of ChildLine be made more extensive by creating awareness
on the service at the anganwadi & school level , they felt . While child labours were rescued from different places , the
system had no adequate space & provision to rehabilitate them properly .This was the reason why children return to become
child labour .They suggested for opening centres for rehabilitation at district level with support to be there with the children till
they were in the development process without compromising their childhood opportunities .Children came up with
suggestion that there was a need of opening of child protection committee at the village level with children being must
members in them .
Efforts of children and adults working together in realising a greater reality was appreciated by all including the guests on the
dais .Addressing the valedictory session Sj. Subash Singh ,Chairman, Building and Construction workers welfare board
emphasised on the spending of MP ,MLA Lad fund for building school infrastructure.
The valedictory function was presided by Ranjan Mumar Mohanty ,Chairman,Odisha Alliance for child Rights and addressed
by Dr. Chiranjeev Kakoty,Cairmaan,NACG-EVAC, Sj.Prasanth Reddy,IAS,Director,Social welfare,Women and children
Development Department,Mr.Chudamani Seth,IAS,Director, Elementary Education. Usharani Behera moved vote of thanks.

  The 12th State Level Convention of Odisha Election

 

Press Release

The 12th State Level Convention of Odisha Election held on 4th September 2016 at IDCOL House Auditorium, Bhubaneswar in collaboration with National Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms. This year’s Focal Theme for discussion was “Transparency in Finances of Political Parties & panchayat election 2017 issues & concerns”. In the inaugural session, Sj. Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Coordinator, Odisha Election Watch, welcomed the guests and said that Odisha Electon Watch has evolved as a strong network that aims at further promoting free and fair election. Sj. Ananta Charan Nayak, IAS, Addl. CEO-cum-Addl. Secretary, Home (elections) dept. highlighted on the active participation of all stakeholders to ensure free and fair election. Sj. Rabindra Nath Sahu, OAS, Secretary State Election Commission said that voters must exercise their right to vote and participate in the democratic process. Prof. Trilochan Sastry,Founder  Trustee of Association of Democratic reforms  says “He who plays the piper decides the tune. If the donors to parties are unknown, details of those controlling the functioning of such parties is also unknown, which is very worrying. If the parties claim to be doing public service by contesting elections, it is very worrying that 80% of their funds is unknown. It is not a very healthy state of affair when the parties’ finances are not in public domain.” Sj. Sahadev Sahoo, IAS (Retd), Ex-Chief Secretary and core team member (OEW) emphasized on more turn over in ethical voting and increased youth participation in the voting process that can bring about a great difference. Sj. Khyamakar Swain gave the vote of thanks in the inaugural session.

In the first technical session, Transparency in finances of political parties was chaired by Sj. Dillip Bisoi, Senior Journalist. In the panel, Prof. Surya Narayan Mishra, core team member (OEW) gave emphasis on youth participation to ensure transparent governance and reduce the number of political parties. Sj. Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, Ex-MP, Editor-Sambad, and President, Aama Odisha, said that mass psychology has to be changed and election campaign days have to be reduced. Sj. Panchanan Kanungo, Former Finance Minister said that panchayat election should be free from involvement of any political parties and elections should be purely state-funded to check corruption. Sj. Sameer Mohanty, Vice-President, BJP, said that political parties should have inner party democracy. Capt. Dibya Shankar Mishra, MLA and Spokesperson, BJD highlighted on the importance of information dissemination at grass root level and the youths should take the forefront in the political process. Prof. Kailash Chandra Acharya, Chief Spokesperson, INC. Odisha said that all the elections should be held in the same period to dual expenditure. Sj. Santosh Das, State Secretariat Member, CPI (M) said that all political parties should be transparent in terms of public fund utilization and declare the same in the public domain. Sj. Baishnav Charan Parida, Ex-MP, BJD, said that political parties are accountable to public, hence, they must adopt to the ethical election process. Sj. Souribandu Kar, State Secretariat member, CPI said that state funding is highly necessary to check corruption. In addition, he highlighted the importance of auditing these election funds for further transparency.

In the second panel, themed Panchayat elections and role of civil society organizations, under the chairmanship of Sj. Baikuntha Panigrahi, Ex-DDG, Doordarshan, Mrs. Chandana Das, Head-CWS, Sj. Sudarshan Das, Agami Odisha, Sj. Biswajit Padhi, Srusti-Nuapada gave valuable suggestions to take the campaign ahead. The afternoon session was themed on Free and fair Panchayat elections 2017-Issues and concerns, held under the chairmanship of Sj. Hrudaya Ballav Das, Former Judge. Sj. Sanjeev Hota, IAS (Retd), Former State election commissioner, Odisha, said that people have interest in Panchayat election, because they have easy access to the elected members. He also said that emphasis should be led on awareness of voters as well as political parties on the election process and procedures. Among others, Sj. Ganeswar Behera, Former minister, INC-Odisha, Sj. Sashi Bhusan Behera, MLA, Spokesperson, BJD, Sj. Sajjan Sharma, Chief spokesperson, BJP, Sj. Tejaswar Parida, BJD, Mrs. Tapasi Praharaj, State Committee member, CPI (M), Sj. Ramakrushna Panda, State Committee member, CPI all emphasized free and fair elections in the panchayats can only be possible with voters awareness and participation in huge numbers. 

  Conservation & management of Water Resource is essential – Opinion by different Eminent Personalitie

Conservation & management of Water Resource is essential – Opinion by different Eminent Personalities in the state level workshop of Eco-savers Youth Network and PECUC

Bhubaneswar – 30th July 2016: Water conservation is essential for our future generation, Sj Pradeep Jena, IAS, Principal Secretary of Water Resource Department, Govt of Odisha told in the today’s state level workshop.

A statelevel workshop on “Water Resource Management- save water & save live” is organized by People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC) with the support of Adoptions Centrum in collaboration with ECOSAVERS Youth Network at Redcross Bhawan, Bhubaneswar.  Sj Pradeep Jena, Senior administrator & Chief Guest advised the youths for proper use and management water which can help conservation of water. Odisha have 11% of water out of total water in India. But it is unfortunate that the people of Odisha still suffer water deficiency. Efforts must be from both Government and private level for prioritizing water conservation.

Sj Dillip Kumar Routray, Joint secretary, Govt of Odisha told that mass awareness is required for water conservation and proper utilization. Youths must act as change maker for a green and healthy world. Adoptions Centrum Country Director Mrs. Rubi Rout told that we are misusing the water used in our home. In this regard, it is essential to reuse the waste water. Among others, participating in the discussion, Dr Rajendra Prasad Mishra, Expert and Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Secretary, PECUC told that efforts and steps must be taken from every level to stop misuse of water and conserve water to ensure a safe and healthy life. Mrs. Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director of PECUC coordinated the workshop. Among others, Mr. Jyoti Shankar Mohanty and Ms. Jyoti Mohapatra of PECUC managed the programme. 75 youth representatives from ECOSAVERS Youth Network members from different districts of State participated in the workshop.

 

 

 

  Labour Minister calls for Child Labour free Bhubaneswar City

Labour Minister calls for Child Labour free Bhubaneswar City “Together we all should work and join hand to end child labour in Bhubaneswar city”, was the message given by Sj. Prafulla Kumar Mallick, Minister Labour and ESI, Steel and Mines, Odisha. While inaugurating a signature campaign through a pledging banner on the occasion of World Day against Child Labour today, Mr. Mallick gave this message to the public by writing this message. The program was organized by People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC) in cooperation with Odisha Alliance for Child Rights, Rotary Club of Heritage Bhubaneswar, and National Action on Coordination group to end violence against children. Amongst others, Bhubaneswar Mayor Sj. Ananta Narayan Jena, Sj. Priyadarshi Mishra, MLA, Ms. Rajalaxmi Das, Ms. Sandhyabati Pradhan, Members, Odisha State Commission for Child Rights, Snehanjali Mohanty, Member, Odisha state commission for women, Olympiad Anuradha Biswal, Rtn Debabrata Panigrahi, many other celebrities joined the program. In pledge banner in which it was mentioned that “I do hereby pledge that I shall not employ any child in my home, office, establishment and worksite. I shall make all efforts to eliminate child labour,” signed by hundreds of people from different works of lives. On this occasion, Mr. Priyadarshi Mishra flagged off the “Walk for Children”, a mini walkathon. This walkathon was participated by a large number of youths. Hundreds of children participated in a special event titled as “Children Together against Child Labour” in which the children showed “red card” to child labour. Colourful cultural programs performed by children to create awareness against employment of children. “This year world day against child labour focuses on eliminating child labour in supply chains and it requires the commitment of governments, workers and employer’s organizations and enterprises themselves”, told by Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Secretary, PECUC and Chairman, Odisha Alliance for Child Rights. “The world day is an opportunity to shine a light on what can be done to keep child labour out of supply chains”, he added.

  PECUC at Rahagiri

PECUC at Rahagiri

  PECUC celebrated International Family Day on 15th May 2016 at rahagiri.

PECUC celebrated International Family Day on 15th May 2016 at rahagiri.

  Rahagiri By PECUC-Red card to child labour

PECUC at Rahagiri-Red card by child labour-Dance Workshop for children-Theme of the programme was care for change. Many children showed their inner talents at "children corners-show your talent". Children were fully mesmerised into the paintings, games and other activities organised by PECUC & Rotary Club of Heritage Bhubaneswar

  World Day against Child labour observed- Quality Education and Awareness can bring change

World Day against Child labour observed- Quality Education and Awareness can bring change Date. 12th June, 2015, Bhubaneswar A large number of children still are engaged in labour. Children are not meant to be labourers. This takes away their childhood. Every child must be stopped from stepping in to any form of labour – this is hazardous for any child, anywhere. It is every child’s right not to be a labourer. “We often come across child labour incidents in television and news papers which are only tip of the iceberg many more remains unreported. The number of child labour in the state is much higher than the statistical data we have. Complete elimination of child labour is only possible by understanding the situation of a child in which a she/he pushed to became a child labour and addressing the issue through appropriate means” opined by Sri Arun Kumar Sahoo, Minister, Panchayatiraj & Law, Government of Odisha. On the eve of World Day against child Labour People’s Cultural centre (PECUC),a leading civil society organisation, National Centre for Child Rights (NCCR) organised a Public Discourse on “Elimination of Child Labour Through Quality Education-Reality, Challenges & Prospects” at Jayadev Bhawan, Bhubaneswar in cooperation with TdH(G) and AEI. Education can be prerequisite for eliminating child labour opined by Sj. Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, secretary, PECUC and Chairman, NCCR while sharing the purpose and introductory note. He also focused although the number of child labour is reducing but in a slow pace. The reduction rate is 2.2% per year only. Sj. Mahendra Kumar Mallick, State Project Director, OPEPA briefed the audience about various government interventions to reduce child labour and to increase attendance. Mrs. Rajalaxmi Das, Member, OSCPCR said OSCPCR has important role in rescuing and rehabilitating child labours in the state and also monitoring schools for 100% enrolment upto age of 14. Mr. P.K Mohapatra, Assistant labour Commissioner focused on convergence among different stakeholders highly required to end child labour.Eminent Trade Unionist Mr. Souribandhu Kar, said there is a need of legislation to complete ban on child labour along with budget allocation. He also focused for appointment of trained and equally remunerated teachers to ensure quality education. Dr. Debiprasanna Pattnaik gave importance on mother tongue education from childhood to ensure quality learning of a child. Prof. Adaramani, Boral, Chairperson, PECUC said each and every citizen need to be responsible enough for elimination of child labour from our society. The technical session chaired by Prof. Prabir Pattnaik on a note the child labour situation can be changed if parents and duty bearers act sensitively. In this session experiences on eliminating child labour and quality education shared by Mrs. Anuradha Mohanty, PECUC; Sj. P.K Mohapatra, ALC; Mr. Sribachha Patel, OPEPA, Usharani Behera, BGVS, Pratap Chandra Swain, HM & Bijay Kumar Pradhan SMC Memnber, Bangdagaon primary school. Amongst other panellist Dr. Bijay Ku. Bohidar; Prof. Shribatsa L. Jena, former Director, SCERT; Dr. Bikash Das, Advocate spoke on the issues promoting social protection measures to encourage school attendance; fostering safe and quality learning environment - challenges and prospects and ensuring coherence and enforcement of laws on child labour and school attendance. More than three hundred participants from NSS Volunteers & Programme Officers from Utkal University and +2 council , PRI Members, Educationists, civil society group members, teachers, academics, trade unionist, media etc participated in the programme. Ms. Jyoti Mohapatra, Sunanda Biswal from PECUC extended vote of thanks. Mr. Jyoti Mohanty , G.Singh, Anisha Mitra, Jayashree Moharana from PECUC supported in organising the programme

  World Aids Day

World Aids Day

  Walkathon child right-Signature Campaign

Walkathon child right-Signature Campaign

  Observation of the International day for Older person

Observation of the International day for older person Date 1.10.2015: The older people above 60 years of age and there percentage will increase up to 21.5% in the world by 2050. At present, the population of older people more than 60 years in the world is 901 million and by 2030 it is expected to rise by 1.4 billion. 16.5% of older people population of the world will live in developed countries. By 2050, it will be 2.1 billion. Nowadays, throughout the world people are moving to urban sector. Out of 10 people, 5 will be living in the urban areas by the end of 2030. It is being expected that by 2050 around 900 million older people who are at the age of more than 60 will reside in the urban areas. Every year International day of Older Persons is observed throughout the world on 1st October. The objective of this is day to create awareness, providing them security in the family and society, as a result of which they can get their rights and lead a life of dignity. Some of the important work contributed by older people is supporting family, volunteering, experience and knowledge sharing & upgrade the upcoming generations. Today, People’s cultural Centre [PECUC] along with Rotary Club of Heritage, Bhubaneswar, and SSB Hospital organized an eye check up camp at Johala village near Pahala. Mr B.K. Sahu, the Director of SSB hospital spoke how to take care of one's eyes and how important this is for any person. Also kitchen garden seeds and plants were distributed to them. Mrs. Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director of PECUC said that, “The elderlies should not be treated as liabilities and different programmes can be carried out for bringing the older people into the mainstream of the society”. Sri.Dibyarajan Das, of Rotary Heritage said that, “older people are part of society and family therefore everyone should respect them.” In this programme more than 100 nos. of older men and women had participated.

  Workshop on Violence against Women was organized by PECUC in collaboration with The Hunger Project

An Workshop on Violence against Women was organized by PECUC in collaboration with The
Hunger Project on 4th Dec, where the Chief Guest, Mr Sashi Bhusan Behera, Honble MLA
flagged up the mobile campaign van and addressed the gatherings that the domestic violence
issues can be solved by creating awareness among all sections of people.Member Women
Commission Mrs Snigdha Panigrahi, Ms Snehanjali Mohanty , Mrs Rasmiprava Mishra ,[DV
Protection officer] Khordha Dist,Prof Adaramani Boral ,Chairman PECUC addressed the
gatherings and appreciated that the campaign van is going to villages where people can get
information and access the services to end violence against women. Also they spoke on DV
act ,Women commission role & protection officer role .
Mr.Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Secretary PECUC chaired the session, and said,” PECUC is taking
initiative at different level to address the issues to protect women from violence and abuses.
Ms.Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director gave welcome address and share the objective of
the workshop and weeklong campaign .
In this launching programme more than 100 women PRI’s, SHG leaders from Balianta &
Bhubaneswar Block participated and by putting messages on the signature banner on the
issues. Also handed over their demand notes to guests present on the occasion. The demands
are i.e. panchayat should be given adequate power giving birth certificate, marriage
certificate, caste certificate, death certificate etc; formation of prevention of Sexual
Harassment committee at panchayat level ; single/divorced women, unmarried girls/ widow’s
life should be protected; public hearing on Food Security Scheme should be with Panchayat;
every panchayat should have separate toilets for women; two-child norm at Panchayati Raj
system should be completely banned; panchayat office should be open from 10.00 am to 5.00
pm so that people can access services easily.
The programme was facilitated by PECUC team members Mr. Jyoti Sankar Mohanty, Panu
Behera, Upama Mohanty, Pradipta Beura, Pragyan Swain.

  Odisha Election Watch received National CSO Award 2015

Odisha Election Watch received National CSO Award 2015 from Election Commission of India

  Budget for children need to be increased in State Budget- Odisha Alliance for Child Rights

Budget for children need to be increased in State Budget- Odisha Alliance for Child Rights

In Odisha as per the recent census, children constitute 38.8% of total population. They represent not just Odisha’s future, but are integral to securing Odisha’s present. Yet development indicators continue to show slow progress towards securing their welfare and delivering their basic rights. Hence, it is important to both protect and increase expenditures to promote child rights viewed by the participants and speakers in the state consultation on ‘child budgeting’ today organised by Odisha Alliance for Child Rights(OACR), an alliance of child rights groups and networks at Red Cross Bhawan. While welcoming the decision of State Govt. to ask suggestions from public for the 2016-17 budget through website and SMS, Ranjan Kumar Mohanty, Chairman of Odisha Alliance for Child Rights told that there is still huge gap between the money needed to fulfill the rights of children in the State and money promise to the budget, and between allocation and actual expenditure, to incapacities in programme delivering mechanism. Mr.Surendra Sahoo, Senior Research Fellow, CYSD-OBAC gave a presentation on “Budget for Children in Odisha Context- Trend & Future Prospective”. While speaking on the occasion, Laxmi Narayan Nanda, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF; Mrs. Rubby Rout, Adoption Centrum, Ashis Sarkar, CRY-Kolkata, Maitrayee Mondol , Save the Children; Debendra Kumar Swain, Aide-et- Actions focused on increase of investment for children in various sectors including child health, child development, child education and children in difficult circumstances. The participants also emphasized on allocation of finances for implementation of state plan of action for elimination of child labour, specialized health care system for new born at different level, more observation homes in the state, residential child care institutions at source and child care and learning centres at destination point to address the issues of children in migration, allocate adequate finances to implement the norms of Right of children to free and compulsory Education Act, child care institutions for children with disability etc. Amongst others Prakash Rath, Vice-Chairman, OACR from OLS, Kshyamakar Swain, Secretary, OVHA, Harihar Nayak, CCRP, Child representatives Puja Das, Santoshini Behera, Rosy Behera, Deepa Sahoo participated in the deliberation.

 

  District Media Workshop on Maternal-Neo-Natal Child Health, Bolangir, 27-8-15

District Media Workshop on Maternal-Neo-Natal Child Health, Bolangir, 27-8-15

  Electoral Reform for Elections to Panchayatiraj institutions need of the Hour 11 th State Conference

Electoral Reform for Elections to Panchayatiraj institutions need of the Hour
11 th State Conference of Odisha Election Watch held

 

Date-22nd July 2015     Venue-Red Cross Bhawan, Bhubaneswar

  District Media Workshop on Maternal-Neo-Natal Child Health-Boudh

District Media Workshop on Maternal-Neo-Natal Child Health-Boudh

Orgnised By- PECUC-NCCR

Supported By- UNICEF Odisha

Dae-3-06-2015 

 

  OBSERVATION OF WORLD EARTH DAY PRESS RELEASE

Organized by: People's Cultural Centre (PECUC) & SOS Children Village, Bhubaneswar

 

  National No Child Labour Day Press Release

Organised by: People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC)

                       &  Rotary Club of Bhubaneswar Heritage

  State Level CSO Workshop Press Release

Organised By: People's Cultural Centre (PECUC) and National Centre for Child Rights

Supported by: UNICEF Odisha

  EWR INTERFACE WORKSHOP WITH MEDIA

EWR INTERFACE WORKSHOP WITH MEDIA

  Observation of Green Consumer Day

On the occasion of Green consumer Day ECOSAVERS Youth Network, Bhubaneswar Unit   an initiative of people’s Cultural Centre  [PECUC] observed the day in collaboration with NSS wing IMS, Bhubaneswar, and Rotary Heritage of Bhubaneswar in IMS campus . 28th September is observed as the Green Consumer Day. On this day awareness is made to encourage purchasing only eco-friendly products which does not pollute the environment and makes you a Green Consumer.

  Consultation Workshop on Positive Parenting & Non-Violent Discipline in School Situations

Consultation Workshop on Positive Parenting & Non-Violent Discipline in School Situations

  Observation of World Day against Child labour

Observation of  World Day against Child labour

  Observation of World Day against Child labour

Observation of  World Day against Child labour

  Workshop on Rights of the Aged-4

Workshop on Rights of the Aged-4

  workshop on Rights of the Aged-2

workshop on Rights of the Aged-2

  workshop on Rights of the Aged

workshop on Rights of the Aged

  Consultation workshop on Child protection in Emergency8

Consultation workshop on Child protection in Emergency8

  Consultation workshop on Child protection in Emergency7

Consultation workshop on Child protection in Emergency7

  Consultation workshop on Child protection in Emergency6

Consultation workshop on Child protection in Emergency6

  Consultation workshop on Child protection in Emergency5

Consultation workshop on Child protection in Emergency5

  Consultation workshop on Child protection in Emergency4

Consultation workshop on Child protection in Emergency4

  Consultation workshop on Child protection in Emergency3

Consultation workshop on Child protection in Emergency3

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