Report by Rajeev Lochan Rathan, Berhampur: Berhampur became the first city in Odisha to initiate formation of Federation of Urban Self-Help Groups by Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC) for the socio-economic development of the urban poor.
An awareness program was organized by BeMC for enhancing cesspool vehicle services in collaboration with City Livelihood Centre (CLC) of BeMC on Faecal Sludge and Septage Management on Wednesday at BeMC conference hall here.
On this occasion, BeMC Commissioner Chakravarti Singh Rathore inaugurated the Cluster Level Federation(CLF) which is constituted 1800 SHGs. Around 200 representatives from Area Level Federations were participated.
Primarily, “the CLF office can be function from CLC building suggested by the commissioner.CLC will be the platform for SHGs products marketing, exhibitions. A MoU was signed with a company for cesspool vehicle services which will be coordinate by the CLC”, said the commissioner.
“The SHGs federation is the first and largest member SHGs in the state. This can be replicated in other cities in the state”, said Deputy Commissioner Sourendra Routray.
Among others Slum Improvement Officer Ipsita Priyadarshini Mishra,CO Nodal Geetanjali Samantaray,CLC Manager Rajeev Lochan Rathan,NULM Manager Rajib Mishra,EY Coordinator,UMC Coordinator and all Community Officer of BeMC were present at the program.The program was ended with a rally for clean Berhampur city slogan.