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Sustainable Livelihoods

Land and Water Management

Agriculture is the backbone of the economy in most of our neighbouring communities. Given the pre-eminence of agriculture for sustainable local livelihoods the Project Land & Water Management has been launched in 2012 to ensure sustainable livelihood through integrated water and farming system. This project mainly focusses on improving the surface water management with existing resources, augmenting irrigation facilities, equipping farmers with latest farming techniques & promoting multi-cropping. This has resulted into reduced dependence on rainfall and income generation round the year.

In last 8 years, through this program 790 families have been benefitted covering 803 acres of land, 48 Water conservation structures have been created with capacity of 65,388 Cu/M of water crop security for the farmers. Training & implementation of System of Rice Intensification (SRI), System of Wheat Intensification (SWI), Organic Farming, Vegetable Cultivation have helped farmers to diversify their agriculture practices and double their income. Vedanta Agriculture & Resource Centre (VARC) has also been setup to serve as a one stop solution for farmer’s needs like training and input support. Establishment of 7 VDC (Village Development Committees) and one Farmers Producer Organisations (With 350+ members) has led to institutionalization and promotion of sustainable farming, carrying out business, marketing and adding value to the farm produce etc.

FY’21 – 100 acres of land is brought under cultivation, 470 farmers adopted multiple cropping pattern, 450 farmers are practicing modern farming techniques.

The project is currently being run in partnership with Action for Food Production (AFPRO)

Vedanta Skill School

The surging economy of India requires huge manpower to maintain the momentum of growth especially from rural India. Korba region of Chhattisgarh has majority of tribal population with more than 60% of the youth engaged in traditional jobs with unstable income. Looking at the opportunity, BALCO in collaboration with Learnet Skills Limited has established three centralized skill schools namely Vedanta Skill School in Korba, Mainpat and Kawardha region of Chhattisgarh to impart the residential vocational training free of cost to rural youth and link them with gainful employment opportunities.

Training process has been designed as per the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) guidelines and are being run under the convergence with various government schemes such as (Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna) PMKVY, MMKVY (Mukhya Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna), National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) and NABARD. The training is provided to youths in 6 different trades- Welding, Fitter, Hospitality, SMO, Solar PV technician and Electrician. Since 2010, more than 9000 youths have been trained with 70% placement.

FY’21 – 172 youth has been trained and 47 has been placed

The project is currently being run in partnership with Learnet Skills limited.