Report by Orissadiary correspondent; Dhenkanal: The Indian Instit">
IIMC- Dhenkanal workshop on development journalism
Friday, March 20, 2009
IIMC- Dhenkanal workshop on development journalism

Report by Orissadiary correspondent; Dhenkanal: The Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Dhenkanal in association with the Orissa Poverty Education Mission of panchayati raj department organized a two-day workshop in its campus for persons representing print and electronic media of different districts to educate them on Targeted Rural Initiatives for Poverty Termination and Infrastructure (TRIPTI), a project funded by the World Bank.

Inaugurating the workshop at the IIMC conference hall, Assistant Project Director of TRIPTI, Jayant Narayan Sarangi, said that TRIPTI is a livelihood project assisted by the International Development Agency of the World Bank. TRIPTI, which started to function from January 27, 2009, is to be implemented in 38 blocks of the state.

The project would avail Rs 400 crore from the World Bank during the project period of five years for mobilising social and credit achievements of Mission Shakti in the state.

Speaking on the occasion, capacity building specialist of the project, Phalguni Sahu said that TRIPTI would strengthen the economic organisations of the poor to be more self-reliant and achieve better livelihood for members. Livelihood specialist of the project, Prafulla Kumar Behera, said TRIPTI would assist to increase income of majority of poor members of SHGs through enhanced rural livelihoods by financing capacity building measures and developing market linkage.

Addressing the concluding session of the workshop, Mission Shakti director Usha Padhee said that TRIPTI would help enhancement of socio-economic status of the poor, especially women and disadvantaged groups in the 10 selected districts. Resource person Prof Arup Das stressed on publication of more development stories on rural issues.

Prof Mrinal Chatterjee said only economical development of a section of people cannot be considered as the development of the state. A state can be categorized as a developed one only with constant development of the entire population.

On development journalism, he said the concept was accepted worldwide during an international conference of journalists held in Philippines in 1968. Former director of Doordarshan Kendra, Bhubaneswar Baraha Mohanty spoke on development stories in the visual media.  Senior journalists from different parts of state participated in the workshop.


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