GUWAHATI, Jan 20 - The Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) Guwahati received an Excellence Award from the National Backward Classes Finance & Development Corporation (NBCFDC), New Delhi for implementing the Raja Mayong village development programme under its CSR initiative.
The award was received by IIE Guwahati Director Dr Abhijit Sharma and AFM & AO in-charge Jiten Chandra Kalita at a function held at Ambedkar International Centre, New Delhi recently.
“Covering around 500 households in the area, the project aimed at enhancing the livelihood, security and integrated development of the greater Raja Mayong area. IIE, with the support of NBCFDC, carried out a series of initiatives and interventions ranging from social mobilisation, livelihood promotion to creating need-based basic infrastructure and amenities like drinking water, sanitation, etc,” an IIE statement said.
The main activities of the project included installation of a 2,000-litre capacity RO drinking water plant, construction of public toilets, training programme on water hyacinth handicraft products, and conducting entrepreneurship awareness programmes for the needy households.
A Village Development Group was formed, which in turn gave rise to a Core Executive Committee for day-to-day management of the project.
The project was headed by Jiten Chandra Kalita and coordinated by IIE project officer Mohan Das, who were supported by other members of the NBCFDC team at IIE.
“The RO plant has turned out to be a self-sufficient unit with entrepreneurial opportunities for two entrepreneurs. It has also given direct employment to two technicians. It has also brought change in terms of drinking of pure water with resultant health benefits. Villagers pay Re 1 per litre at source and entrepreneurs charge Rs 2 per litre for home delivery,” the statement said.
Besides, the institute also distributed solar lamps on its own at Raja Mayong village to 178 flood-affected families during 2017. The local communities have also been trained to use local waste products and water hyacinth and come up with beautiful products.