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BCCL plans rural societies

BCCL has decided to set up as many as 226 village societies to engage residents living in the peripheral areas of Bokaro in several livelihood projects, an initiative the steel PSU wants to launch first at Gadaria, 10 km from the steel town.

Officers, led by head of the department of sustainable development department S.C. Prasad, held a survey at Gaderia to apprise more than 200 residents of the area about their plans.

BCCL officials also held talks with Bank of India general manager S. Paliweli on providing loans for the societies that would be launched on a pilot basis at Gadaria to pursue ventures in tourist car operations, rearing of goats, pigs and ducks, poultry farming and fisheries.

BCCL’s director (personnel) B.K. Panda said NGO Nari Shakti Samiti, spearheaded by BCCL officers’ wives, would be coordinating the activities of the societies that would be set up in 225 other villages across Bokaro by setting up bank accounts and providing training to members.

Panda said that village to launch the self employment programme was chosen at random as officers had been frequenting Gadaria to conduct the survey.

“The down payment for getting bank loans, say, for buying cars would be provided by BCCL and all the vehicles would be hired by BCCL to ferry officers to the workplace from home,” said Prasad.

Chief manager of BCCL’s public relations department R.R. Prasad said he was sure of the success of the model scheme.

“We will launch a similar project for the Jharia fire affected people who have been rehabilitated at Belgarhia,” said S.C. Prasad, adding that the project would help fight unemployment in villages.

BCCL, he said, was hoping to operationalise the model project within the financial year.